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.