National Geographic has published a beautiful gallery of aerial photos of the Sahara, shot by George Steinmetz. Steinmetz shoots his pictures while soaring above the Earth on a gasoline-powered paraglider he built himself.
The motorized flyer packs into a compact package that can fit easily into an SUV or an airline's luggage compartment, and reassemble quickly. The ten-liter gas tank keeps Steinmetz aloft for 2 to 3 hours.
Visit Georgesteinmetz.com for more remarkable photography and details about the man and his craft.