When Agricultural Landscapes Become Patchwork Quilts



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Patchwork quilt or checkers board? Circular fields watered by center pivot irrigation make up much of this elaborate pattern, photographed on a flight from New York to Las Vegas, somewhere in the American Midwest.

Running carefree through a summery field… It’s the kind of image commonly associated with pleasant childhood memories. However, as we will soon see, fields can look idyllic from all angles – not least from above. Such pastures come in all colors, shapes and sizes; and when seen next to one another, with the benefit of an aerial view, they often seem to make up patchwork quilts. Mother Nature becomes something of a darner – helped, of course, by more than a stitch or two from the hand of human cultivation. Join us as we let our imaginations run wild (as our legs did when we were children!) and take in a bird’s eye view of 15 of the most stunning patchwork quilt landscapes the world has to offer.


Image: Abstract landscape, aerial view of colorful field image from Bigstock

The patchwork of adjacent agricultural plots becomes especially colorful when the land is segmented into strips in what we might guess are lavender or tulip fields. What a beautiful image! Rarely have different shades of purple and green looked so sumptuous together!

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