Daredevil photographer gets stunning views of beauty spots - with a bird's eye view from his motorised paraglider

By Ted Thornhill

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Brave Steve Brockett, 52, took to the skies to capture breathtaking landscapes normally only seen by birds.

Daredevil Mr Brockett flies at heights of up to 200 feet above the ground to take his amazing aerial images.

And he was shortlisted for a top photography award for his pictures which give a glimpse into a world most of us will never see.

Colour co-ordination: Pictured here is regimented housing southern Spain

Colour co-ordination: Pictured here is regimented housing southern Spain

Although it looks like it's snowing on this landscape, it's actually intensive growing under plastic at Calahonda, Southern Spain

Although it looks like it's snowing on this landscape, it's actually intensive growing under plastic at Calahonda, Southern Spain

Branching out: Tidal rivulets in the mud of the Severn estuary, on the England Wales border

Branching out: Tidal rivulets in the mud of the Severn estuary, on the England Wales border

Bit of all white: Fruit Trees in blossom contrast with the rich red soils of the Altiplano Granada

Bit of all white: Fruit Trees in blossom contrast with the rich red soils of the Altiplano Granada

Mr Brockett said: ‘When you’re in the air you’ve got this perfect platform to take aerial photographs.

‘You’ve got nothing below you, which gives you incredibly clear access to the shot - it’s a very unique way to get aerial images.

 

‘Although you can decide on areas you think might be interesting from the air, my best pictures have always been a total surprise.

‘It’s about the way the light and shadow falls on the earth. Things can be unremarkable one minute and 20 minutes later they are spectacular.’

Stunning: Eroded river forms cut in to the desert landscape in the Altiplano of Baza, Granada, Spain

Stunning: Eroded river forms cut in to the desert landscape in the Altiplano of Baza, Granada, Spain

Naked ambition: Mr Brockett took this picture as he flew over a naturist beach in Vera, Spain

Naked ambition: Mr Brockett took this picture as he flew over a naturist beach in Vera, Spain

Mr Brockett flies at around 200 feet to take his photographs. Pictured is salt production near Alicante, Spain

Mr Brockett flies at around 200 feet to take his photographs. Pictured is salt production near Alicante, Spain

Mr Brockett travels around the world with his motor-powered paraglider looking for the most exciting landscapes.

The photographer, from Cardiff, has flown above the the Severn and Dyfi estuaries in his native Wales.

Mr Brockett has also spent time living in Spain and has snapped the country’s mountains, valleys and riverbeds.

Steve Brockett captures rare and magical images from the skies above Spain, Wales and North Africa. Pictured here is an unexpected cross appearing between young saplings planted in Spain

Steve Brockett captures rare and magical images from the skies above Spain, Wales and North Africa. Pictured here is an unexpected cross appearing between young saplings planted in Spain

Est a minute: Pictured here are tidal rivulets in the Severn estuary, on the England Wales border

Est a minute: Pictured here are tidal rivulets in the Severn estuary, on the England Wales border

Shady work: Pictured here are shadows in Morocco

Shady work: Pictured here are shadows in Morocco

He has captured footballers playing in the evening sun in the rural Valle de Almanzora and even naturists lying under bright umbrellas on the beach at Vera Playa in Almeria.

Mr Brockett has even soared above the Sahara Desert in south-eastern Morocco - but he says nothing beats the green grass of home.

He added: ‘Wales is always a bit surprising. In some ways I’m drawn to desert environments, but the greenery and landscape of Wales never ceases to amaze me.’

Ewe just have to be impressed: Sheep feeding on lemons in Southern Spain

Ewe just have to be impressed: Sheep feeding on lemons in Southern Spain

The Brecon Beacons in South Wales almost look dusty in this stunning photograph

The Brecon Beacons in South Wales almost look dusty in this stunning photograph

Brave Mr Brockett takes photographs while dangling from a giant parachute which holds him high above the ground.

He has a motor - which looks like a large fan - attached to him allowing him to move quickly in search of the best possible angle.

And the flying machine, which is easy to travel with, attracts attention wherever he goes.

Here rocks coloured by iron and sulphur deposits are captured in the early morning sunshine alongside the Rio Tinto in Huelva, Spain

Here rocks coloured by iron and sulphur deposits are captured in the early morning sunshine alongside the Rio Tinto in Huelva, Spain

Name that dune: The Sahara desert in Morocco, North Africa

Name that dune: The Sahara desert in Morocco, North Africa

Game on: Footballers projecting their shadows away from the evening sun in Morocco

Game on: Footballers projecting their shadows away from the evening sun in Morocco

Completely barking: Tree shadows in Morocco extend across a field

Completely barking: Tree shadows in Morocco extend across a field

To boulder go: A stone threshing circle made from white stones, near Tafroute in Morocco

To boulder go: A stone threshing circle made from white stones, near Tafroute in Morocco

He said: ‘The reaction is incredible - I take off and land in a place and get mobbed by kids. For me it’s an extraordinary way to get into the air - having this giant fan on your back and running full-pelt until you leave the ground.

‘I pull up, unpack the motor from my van, take off and fly around - how mad is that?

‘It’s a great way to get photographs as you’re not hanging out the side of a helicopter or being buffeted by the air stream.’

Mr Brockett's images were Shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Geographical Society’s Environmental Photographer of the Year award. His photographs have now been featured in a Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Oriel Gallery, in Mold, North Wales.

They've got the hump: Camel riders trek through the Sahara desert in Morocco

They've got the hump: Camel riders trek through the Sahara desert in Morocco

Getting his just deserts: Another mesmerising shot of the Sahara

Getting his just deserts: Another mesmerising shot of the Sahara

High-flyer: Steve Brockett with his paramotor on his back

High-flyer: Steve Brockett with his paramotor on his back

 

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what made me chuckle is that the beach in Spain is a nudist one.... one lady on her back with full bush

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that first picture is of my holiday home in spain our beautiful little development is nicknamed toy town! mine is a pink house and I remember this bloke flying over us as we were sunbathing on the roof! thanks for the unique ariel view, its brilliant, well done.

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Amazing! Fearless and talented

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These shots are some of the most sublime I've seen :) and to think he took them with basically, a fan on his back is equally amazing

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Fantastic pictures, but I'm sure I am not the only one to get infuriated with these whining, droning machines wrecking the calm of a decent day as they grind remorselessly overhead. Does Steve stop to think about that? I've had many summer days ruined by having to put up with these wretched things buzzing around for hours near Redhill aerodrome

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YOU MUST BE A JOY TO LIVE WITH.

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Yeah mate. You try sitting in a garden with a couple of these things whining over your head in circles for two whole hours on a Sunday afternoon. Then you might think about it.

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The photographer has a fabulous eye, love the shots of terrain they seem from another world, thanks DM! More please.

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Amazing.

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I've sure this is the chap I see every so often flying around the North East of Cardiff (Pentwyn area) - I've watched him as he's flown over some High voltage overhead lines leading to a substation of mine, and I wonder if I'll one day be called out to assist getting him off them ;-) - but I'm sure he's way above them! Cracking photos though, I'll give him a wave next time.

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That development in the top picture ruined my little village sanctuary of san jaun de los terrors, it was a small traditional Spanish holiday resort and there was an old Moorish style hotel on the beach that did the best tuna steaks with garlic and baby eels. It was so beautiful and then it all got took over and made modern. You could eat with a fully set table on the beach, the was no where like it, no English tourists, just Spanish people. Great photos though.

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How much is he charging to rent that out?

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