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Breathtaking Aerial Panoramas Show the World Like You’ve Never Seen Before 

AirPano, a not-for-profit company that focuses on high-resolution panoramic shots, has traveled to over 230 breathtaking locations on our planet, giving us the most incredible aerial views of this earth. 

The team consists of 12 members, nine photographers and three tech specialists, who use planes, helicopters and drones to shoot from high above. The company started back in 2006.

AirPano has an app called AirPano Travel Book where you can see their 360º aerial panoramas on your iPhone or iPad.

If you have some time, visit the AirPano website to experience the 360° aerial panoramas yourself. Currently, they have more than 2,000 spherical panoramas. Unlike conventional photographs, spherical 360° photo panoramas allow viewers to rotate an image, change the field of view, and zoom in on a particular detail. Get ready for a dizzying ride to the world’s most incredible places!

| 1. Valley of Silence, Mount Everest, Nepal | 2. Paris, France | 3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India | 4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 5. Guilin, China | 6. Lake Baikal, Russia | 6. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain | 7. Great Barrier Reef, Australia | 9. & 10. Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon, Iceland |

Text by Alice Yoo for My Modern Met

Harlequin Pigeon (Phaps histrionica)

Also known as the Flock Bronzewing, Flock Pigeon, or Harlequin Bronzewing, the harlequin pigeon is a species of pigeon (Columbidae) which is native to Australia, where it occurs in the eastern Northern Territory and Western Queensland. Harlequin pigeons, like most pigeons, are common in dry open grassland and plains where they will forage in large flocks for a range of grasses, seeds, shrubs, and herbs. 

Classification

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Image: Ron Knight

Whenever you start talking about your family history on Tumblr, the reblogged comments tend to be mostly along the usual lines - distantly related to royalty, witnessed a famous event, fought in a major war, and so forth.

But every so often, you see a reblog that’s all like: “My great-great-great-grandfather was deported to Australia for cannibalism!”

And when I read that, I know: I am among my people.