Beauty of Earth captured in drone images

The 185th Oktoberfest celebration starts September 22 and runs through October 7. The tradition started as an annual way to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The pair were married in 1810. Thousands of people gather at Theresienwiese every year to drink beer and honor traditional Bavarian culture.  When you think of Oktoberfest, you're probably thinking about three things: Germany, lederhosen, and beer. Whether you've actually been in Munich for the festivities or you've taken part elsewhere around the world, you know it's essentially  one giant party. It's also been commercialized over the years with lederhosen and dirndl Halloween costumes and Oktoberfest-inspired craft beers. But there's a whole lot more to the festive celebration than you might think. These epic photos will show you just what we're talking about.
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Slide 2 of 73: An aerial picture taken with a drone shows surfers waiting to catch a wave in Manhattan Beach, California, USA, 15 December 2017. Record high temperatures and high winds have caused red flag warnings across the area.
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Slide 4 of 73: CAPTION: MARDIN, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 3: Trees displaying colors of fall during the autumn season are seen at the Savur town near Mardin's city center, Turkey on November 3, 2017. (Photo by Omer Yasin Ergin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Slide 5 of 73: *Full story: A photographer used a drone to capture these stunning images of patterned landscapes from the sky which show the vivid colours of fields below. Javier del Cerro, 21, flew the unmanned aircraft almost 400 feet above the Spanish countryside to highlight its hidden beauty. The landscape photographer, who currently lives in Madrid, took pictures of various adjoining fields in and around his former home city of Toledo, Spain, which includes land containing pine trees and pea plants. It shows how the land is divided up by farmers - some in perfect lines, and others in more of a curved formation.
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Slide 7 of 73: CAPTION: KATA BEACH, PHUKET, THAILAND - 2017/11/20: Aerial view of two longtail boats in the Andaman Sea. The small watercraft are commonly seen all over Thailand, particularly the seaside locations in the southern parts of the country. Editors Note: A drone was used for this picture. (Photo by Craig Ferguson/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Slide 10 of 73: FULL COPY: A photographer has shot a series of stunning aerial photographs of the tulip fields in the Netherlands using a drone. The photos reveal striped fields of red, yellow, purple, black and blue tulips. Meanwhile, large areas of hyacinths can be seen draped around the surrounding areas. Swedish-based photographer Anders Andersson, 42, said: "My idea was to create abstract patterns of colour, something like the Dutch artist Mondrian did with a paint brush." Anders used Google Earth to scan the Netherlands in order to find the right location to shoot the Tulip Field series. He settled on the 'tulip-mania district' near Sassenheim, Netherlands. He had to time the project carefully to ensure the flowers were in full-bloom, whilst ensuring they had not yet been cut and sold. Anders subscribed to a Dutch tulip newsletters and anxiously waited for the right moment.
Slide 11 of 73: ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 19: A drone photo shows an aerial view of Edirnekapi metrobus intersection, which was reordered by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to prevent traffic jam in the city caused by dense housing, increase in population and increase in motor vehicles on the roads, in Istanbul, Turkey on December 19, 2017.
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Slide 13 of 73: CAPTION: Drone images of The Port of Thessaloniki one of the Largest Greek seaports with annual traffic capacity of 16 million tonnes. It is a major gateway for the Balkans and southeast Europe. There are warehouses, container terminal, cargo terminal, oil and gas terminal. The port also has a passenger terminal. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Slide 14 of 73: Aerial view of Mont Saint-Michel taken by drone, Normandy, France - Jul 2017
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Slide 16 of 73: CHIANG MAI, CHIANG MAI DISTRICT, THAILAND - 2017/04/15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been created using a drone.) Aerial drone view over Wat That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. It is a buddhist temple located on a hill overlooking the city.
Slide 17 of 73: A drone view of snow covered and for the first time frozen abandoned copper mine located almost in the village of Tsar Asen (King Asen) at an elevation of about 300 m above sea levelel some 100 kms east of the Bulgaian capital Sofia, Wednesday, February, 03, 2016. Local residents near the mine and many supporters of former communist regime anounse it as a tourist attraction destination and many people mostly photographers visit it to photograph the unique green water on the bottom of the mine. Just near the mine a infield is also located. Photo by: Petar Petrov/Impact Press Group/NurPhoto (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Slide 22 of 73: CAPTION: ANTALYA, TURKEY - DECEMBER 28: An aerial view of the Susesi Luxury Resort football fields which will host around 2,000 football teams on winter period, is seen after the preparations and arrangements being done for the training sessions and practice competitions on halftime camps, in Turkeys Mediterranean resort city of Antalya on December 28, 2017. Around 2,000 football teams from both Turkey and abroad will come to the sunny coastal resort for winter training from January to March 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Slide 24 of 73: At the heart of the Karakkorum, glacier formation found at Concordia at the very beginning of one of the longest glaciers on the planet, Baltoro. Concordia is surronded by famous 8 thousand meter peaks including K2.
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Slide 39 of 73: *Full story: These striking photographs capture a farmer tending to an immaculate purple lavender field, leaving behind a single green trail. The pretty purple of the plants is overwhelming in this aerial shot taken over a lavender field renowned for being one of the most beautiful in France. A farmer collecting the plants uses a harvesting machine to travel in straight lines on the field, cutting all the purple branches and leaving behind the contrasting green. In these aerial shots of the field, there are around 20,000 lavender plants which all sit in perfect columns next to each other. Photographer Jerome Courtial captured these shots of the lavender field in St Julien D'asse, France, using his drone. Mr Courtial, 38, wanted to capture the fields differently as they are popular with photographers shooting from the ground - so he flew his drone and followed the harvest machine.
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Slide 45 of 73: TOLIARA, MADAGASCAR - SEPTEMBER 3 : Wooden fisherman boats are seen at the Ifaty beach in Toliara, Madagascar on September 3, 2017. (Photo by Ahmet Izgi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Slide 46 of 73: CAPTION: CANBERRA, Feb. 5, 2018 -- Photo taken with a drone on Feb. 5, 2018 shows the Arboretum in Canberra, Australia. (Xinhua/Justin Qian via Getty Images)
Slide 47 of 73: An aerial picture take by a drone shows an autumnal fields in Bedkow, central Poland, 17 October 2017.
Slide 48 of 73: Seasonal weather, Cumbria, UK - 18 Jan 2018
Slide 49 of 73: CAPTION: An aerial view taken with a drone in Moscow on January 27, 2018 shows the main building of the Moscow State University, Luzhniki Stadium and the Moskva River. / AFP PHOTO / Dmitry SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Slide 50 of 73: NOVOSIBIRSK REGION, RUSSIA JANUARY 19, 2018: An aerial view of a motorway linking the village of Gorny and the town of Toguchin. Kurill Kukhmar/TASS (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar\TASS via Getty Images)
Slide 51 of 73: CAPTION: WAT DHAMAKAYA, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2017/02/12: Image taken from a drone of thousands of Buddhist devotees and monks taking part in evening prayers by candlelight to mark Makha Bucha Day at Wat Dhammakaya temple, just north of Bangkok. Makha Bucha Day is held in celebration of the teachings of the Lord Buddha. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Slide 52 of 73: ZAKOPANE, POLAND JANUARY 11 : A drone view of visitors trying to find their way through the biggest snow maze of the world in Zakopane, Poland, January 11, 2018. The snow maze idea was created for the first time in the winter season of 2015/2016. Maze covers an area of 2500 square meters and it is considered as the biggest snow maze in the world. This season, the organization increased the size to 3000 square meters keeping its title for the biggest snow maze in the world.
Slide 53 of 73: MANISA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 21: A drone photo shows an aerial view of trees during the autumn season at Kula Volcanic Geopark located in Turkey's Manisa on November 21, 2017.
Slide 54 of 73: Aerial photography of the famous White Tower, Thessaloniki's landmark and one of the most recognizable monuments in the city. The tower was built in the 12th century. Many times people of Thessaloniki celebrate or protest in front of the tower. (
Slide 55 of 73: *Full story: Amazing images captured by a drone show strange and stunning formations shooting through a frozen lake. The lines which look like a network of tunnels are actually giant cracks that open up and then freeze over again. The cracks which look like the ice has been shot at with bullets are caused by stresses - including temperature changes, wind and waves. The photos were taken in the Reykjaness peninsula of Iceland, of the Kleifarvatn Lake. Professional arctic photographer, Florian Ledoux, from Reykjavik, Iceland, decided to brave the cold weather for these stunning images. The 28-year-old said: "I was going on a road trip, off the conventional road of Iceland. We were expected to find some frozen lakes for sure, but we never expected such a stunning view from above.
Slide 56 of 73: An aerial view taken with a drone shows Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on January 24, 2018. Luzhniki Stadium will host seven matches including the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV
Slide 57 of 73: FULL BODY: hotographer Karolis Janulis has captured stunning aerial images of winter snow in Lithuania. Karolis uses his drone, a DJI Phantom 2 vision plus quadcopter to capture the breath-taking scenery. His photography shows off the splendour of the white snow covering roads and fields. He says: "In this year the winter started very later in Lithuania, whole December was above zero and no snow at all."
Slide 58 of 73: YOZGAT, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 08: A drone photo shows the aerial view of 2,000-year old ancient Roman Bath Basilica Therma at Sarikaya district of the central Yozgat province in Turkey on February 08, 2018. With it's 48-49 centigrade degrees water temperature the bath provides an opportunity for swimming during winter season. Basilica Therma, also known as the King's Daughter which is one of the historical figure of the Roman Empire, attracts many tourists' attention
Slide 59 of 73: CAPTION: One of the most famous attractions in the area of Argostoli is the Lighthouse of Agioi (Saints) Theodoroi. It is located just a bit off the well-known sinks and right at the entrance of the bay of Argostoli. The Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi was built in 1928 and joined the network of lighthouses in Greece in 1863. It is the work of J. P. Kennedy. In the earthquake of 1953 the lighthouse was destroyed, only to be reconstructed afterwards, according to the initial plans. Location, Kefalonia island, Greece (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Slide 60 of 73: DENIZLI, TURKEY - JANUARY 6: A drone photo shows ancient city of Hierapolis and hot spring travertine pools and terraces at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale in Denizli, Turkey on January 6, 2017. Warm water at a temperature of 33-36 containing calcium hydro carbonate springing from 320 meters depth appears on the surface and water falls into terraces and forms the travertines.
Slide 61 of 73: CAPTION: BEIJING, Dec. 13, 2016 -- Photo taken on Sept. 24, 2016 shows the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope in Pingtang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. The FAST, world's largest radio telescope, measuring 500 meters in diameter, was completed and put into use. Drones have been in common use in photojournalism in 2016. (Xinhua/Liu Xu via Getty Images)
Slide 62 of 73: BURSA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 14: A drone photo shows an aerial view of yellowish and greenish trees during the autumn season at the Botanical Park in Bursa, Turkey on November 14, 2017. The Botanical Park, which established in 1998 and covers an area of 400.000 m2, has 8000 trees in 150 different species, 100.000 bushes in 76 diverse species, 20 species in 50.000 shrubs and apart from these it has Japanish Garden and British Garden and French Garden.
Slide 63 of 73: An aerial view taken with a drone on November 8, 2017 shows the stables at the neglected Khrapovitsky Estate in Muromtsevo, Vladimir region. / AFP PHOTO / Andrei BORODULIN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'Russia's pre-Revolutionary estates crumble in neglect' by Maria ANTONOVA
Slide 64 of 73: RADDUSCH, GERMANY - JUNE 17: In this aerial photo taken from a multirotor drone the reconstructed Raddusch Slavic fort (Slawenburg Raddusch) stands in the late afternoon on June 17, 2015 near Raddusch, Germany. The fort is a reconstruction of what archaeologists discovered as the first phase of the original fort, built by the Lusitzi tribe in the 9th or 10th century, and its round shape and surrounding ditch were common features to the 40 or so forts in the Lower Lusatia region. Much of what is today eastern Germany was once inhabited by a myriad of Slavic tribes. Today the reconstructed fort is a museum and hosts cultural events. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Slide 65 of 73: BITLIS, TURKEY - OCTOBER 25: A drone photo shows an aerial view of the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) award-winning and world's second largest crater lake ''Lake Nemrut'' located in Tatvan district of Bitlis, Turkey on October 25, 2017. (Photo by Necat Hazar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Slide 66 of 73: *** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** ETHIOPIA - JANUARY 10: Lava rising on top of the surface of the Erta Ale volcano lava lake on January 10, 2015 in Ethiopia. THESE fiery images offer a glimpse inside the 'Gateway To Hell' - the worlds oldest continuously active lava lake. Travel photographer Joel Santos, 38, piloted a drone low over the bubbling lake, which reaches temperatures exceeding 1,100 degrees celsius. The lake, which has had a continuous flow since 1906, is situated inside the Erta Ale volcano, otherwise known as Smoking Mountain, in the Afar region of northeastern Ethiopia. The volcanos last major eruption occurred in 2005, killing 250 livestock and forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee. And the Portuguese photographer remained acute aware of the hazards posed by filming such a potentially devastating natural phenomenon at such close quarters. PHOTOGRAPH BY Joel Santos / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 (Photo credit should read Joel Santos / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Slide 67 of 73: DENIZLI, TURKEY - JANUARY 6: A drone photo shows Hierapolis Ancient Theater at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale in Denizli, Turkey on January 6, 2017. (Photo by Cem Oksuz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Slide 68 of 73: ourists visit the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 23, 2016. Drones have been in common use in photojournalism in 2016. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua via Getty Images)
Slide 69 of 73: *Full story: They may look like hundreds of pimples on the ground but these are actually the volcanic vineyards of Lanzarote. The Mars like landscape was captured by photographer Karolis Janulis as he flew a drone over the island capturing it from a unique bird's-eye perspective. The vineyards of La Geria are 20 square miles black volcanic ash but despite the hostile environment locals have created a system that helps the vines to not only grow but to thrive and, ultimately, produce excellent wine. The vines are individually planted in 2m deep craters before being covered in "Picon" (black cinders) and protected by half-moon "Zocos" stone walls. Much of Lanzarote has been shaped by devastating volcanic eruptions during the 18th century, leaving behind a lunar type landscape, black beaches and locations such as the Timanfaya National Park, which is home to an active volcano that gives the park its name.
Slide 70 of 73: FULL COPY: A couple have captured a series of striking drone images of Ireland. Martin and Caro quit their jobs and decided to travel round the world. They took their honeymoon in Ireland in June 2015 and captured a series of stunning drone images of rugged coastlines, hills and even the castle where Game of Thrones was previously filmed. They said: "In the middle of the year we made a 3 weeks Honeymoon Road Trip through Ireland and Northern Ireland. "On our journey we made this exciting Drone Flight through the beautiful landscape of Ireland. We started in Dublin and drove through the Boyne Valley, the Causeway Coastal Route and the Wild Atlantic Way till the Cliffs of Moher. Then back to Dublin and home to Germany." Bird's-eye-view images of Castle Ward (otherwise known as Winterfell Castle in Game of Thrones) alongside Trim Castle can be seen. Meanwhile, drone images of hills, coastlines and beaches can also be seen.
Slide 71 of 73: FULL BODY: Photographer Karolis Janulis has captured stunning scenes of the coast of Bulgaria. Karolis uses his drone, a DJI Phantom 2 vision plus quadcopter to capture the breath-taking scenery. His aerial photography shows off the splendour the luminous blue sea.
Slide 72 of 73: FULL BODY: Polish photographer Jakub Polomski used a drone to capture stunning aerial images of Iceland. The landscape photographer drove nearly 2,500 miles around the country using a drone to capture these aerial images.
Slide 73 of 73: *Full story: These amazing drone photographs taken from the sky above an iron plant appear to resemble a series of individual artworks and paintings. The elements of nature, sediment tanks and mining combine together to create a wonderful array of colours only seen from this angle. The images were captured by a drone hovering 200ft above the ironworks site, which was built in the 1970s. Katowice Ironworks is a large industrial plant in Katowice, southern Poland, situated on the boundary between the historical provinces of Lesser Poland and Upper Silesia. Photographer Mariusz Pietranek, 31, from Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland, managed to obtain these stunning images using a Dji Phantom 4 drone used by many enthusiasts.

Jeongbang Waterfalls, South Korea

Manhattan Beach, California, US

Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil

Mardin, Turkey

Toledo, Spain

Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Phuket, Thailand

Fuqing flyover, Chengdu, China

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tulip fields, Sassenheim, Netherlands

Edirnekapi metrobus intersection, Istanbul, Turkey

Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

Port of Thessaloniki, Greece

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France

Odda, Norway

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Thailand

Frozen abandoned copper mine, Tsar Asen, Bulgaria

Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Palermo, Italy

Railroad Tracks, Canada

Viagem Beach, Recife, Brazil

Antalya, Turkey

Yabelo, Ethiopia

Concordia, Pakistan

Black Sea, Odessa, Ukraine

Chinese Graveyard, Chonburi, Thailand

Catalonia countryside, Spain

Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok, Thailand

The Bund, Shanghai, China

Hammond Stadium, South Fort Myers, Florida, US

Flatdal, Norway

Pulau Brani Island, Singapore

Boracay Island, Philippines

Isola Bella, Italy

Greece-Bulgaria border

Goðafoss waterfall, Iceland

Omorate, Ethiopia

Fláajökull, Iceland

Lavender field, Saint-Julien-d’Asse, France

Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge, São Paulo, Brazil

El Sod crater, Ethiopia

Pagoda, Thailand

Lakagígar, Iceland

Dimmuborgir, Iceland

Ifaty Beach, Madagascar

Canberra, Australia

Będków, Poland

Cumbria, England

Moscow State University, Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia

Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Thailand

Snow maze, Zakopane, Poland

Manisa, Turkey

White Tower, Thessaloniki, Greece

Kleifarvatn Lake, Iceland

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia


Yozgat, Turkey

Lighthouse of Agioi, Kefalonia island, Greece

Hot spring pool, Pamukkale, Turkey

Aperture Spherical Telescope, China

Botanical Park, Bursa, Turkey

Muromtsevo, Vladimir region, Russia

Raddusch Slavic Fort, Germany

Lake Nemrut, Turkey

Erta Ale Volcano, Ethiopia

Hierapolis Ancient Theater, Turkey

Great Wall of China

Volcanic vineyards, Lanzarote, Spain

Trim Castle, Ireland

Burgas, Bulgaria


Iron plant, Katowice, Poland

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