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Breathtaking aerial view photos that might give you acrophobia

Plant your feet firmly on the ground and take a look at these beautiful vertical shots captured by drones.

June 6, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Yosemite National Park Vernal Falls DroneYosemite National Park Vernal Falls DronePhoto: Neal Holmes / SkyPixel
June 6, 2016 | Latest Photo

Despite the sometimes queasy side effects, many people enjoy the rush associated with staring over a cliff's edge or climbing to the top of a towering skyscraper. Such a thrill is one of the big reasons why vertigo-inducing glass skywalks have become so popular around the world in recent years.

Thanks to aerial drones, braving our fear of heights has never been safer or easier, allowing our feet to stay firmly planted on the ground while staring down on the world from dizzying altitudes. Take for instance the above vertical view over the lip of Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. Feeling dizzy yet?

The seven photos below, from a paddleboarder in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel to the top of Manhattan's skyscrapers, are just some of the thousands submitted to the online aerial-photography community SkyPixel. Steel your nerves and scroll down to gaze upon some of our favorites.

Bat Yam, IsraelLooking down on a paddle boarder off the coast of Bat Yam, Israel. (Photo: Eyal Asaf/SkyPixel)

forest droneA vertical view of a Chinese forest in spring. (Photo: 川 林/SkyPixel)

park avenue droneA vertical shot of New York City's famed Park Avenue. (Photo: Experience Above/SkyPixel)

Alam Sutra BlvdAlam Sutra Blvd in Thailand during the country's New Year celebrations. (Photo: Muhammad Ramadhany/SkyPixel)

maui reefA paddle boarder takes a moment to relax off a reef in Maui. (Photo: Karim Iliya/SkyPixel)

cenoteA cenote (or sinkhole) located in the Yucatán. (Photo: Omar Carreto/SkyPixel)

Turning Torso, Malmö.The towering and beautifully designed Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden. (Photo: Waterglobe Productions/SkyPixel)

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