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Ancient Monuments of Egypt

  • Photographer Matt Spangard, 43, from North Carolina, captured the bird's eye images
  • Taken using drone technology, the pictures show the intricate aesthetic design of various exclusive resorts 
  • These include Secrets in Playa Mujeres, Mexico and the ever-popular Siesta Key Beach in Florida
PUBLISHED: 11:42 BST, 4 August 2017 UPDATED: 18:28 BST, 4 August 2017
Stunning bird's eye view pictures have shone a new light on some of the world's most popular holiday resorts.
Captured with a drone by photographer Matt Spangard, 43, from North Carolina, the collection of images provide a fresh perspective on some very envy-inducing destinations.
Together, the aerial shots present shimmering blue pools surrounded by hotel buildings at Mexican resorts including Secrets in Playa Mujeres and El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya; while others elsewhere include Wild Dunes in Charleston, South Carolina and Siesta Key Beach in Florida.
Looking good! The impressive landscaped design of Playa Mujeres in Mexico, captured with a drone by photographer Matt Spangard
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Looking good! The impressive landscaped design of Playa Mujeres in Mexico, captured with a drone by photographer Matt Spangard
Meanwhile, other spectacular shots show golden sandy beaches with sun worshippers dotted throughout and boats anchored at a busy marina.
'In this series, I just want to bring a little joy to someone’s day,' says Mr Spangard, who took the snaps for Drone Brigade.
'You may be sitting at a desk in an overly air-conditioned office tower right now but for a few seconds, I can transport you to the Islands.
Life's a beach: Sun-seekers catch some rays as the drone flies overhead at the Siesta Key Beach resort in Florida  
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Life's a beach: Sun-seekers catch some rays as the drone flies overhead at the Siesta Key Beach resort in Florida  
Wow-factor: A stunning view of the five-star Grand Pavillion resort at Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, in South Carolina
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Wow-factor: A stunning view of the five-star Grand Pavillion resort at Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, in South Carolina
Now that's inviting: Holiday-makers can be seen gathering around the ice-blue pool at the El Dorado Royale, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Now that's inviting: Holiday-makers can be seen gathering around the ice-blue pool at the El Dorado Royale, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Give us a wave! A row of private yachts lined up at the Isle of Palms marina in South Carolina
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Give us a wave! A row of private yachts lined up at the Isle of Palms marina in South Carolina
Dive in: The stunning and carefully-crafted layout of Playa Mujeres, Mexico, is perhaps best appreciated from the air 
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Dive in: The stunning and carefully-crafted layout of Playa Mujeres, Mexico, is perhaps best appreciated from the air 
Making a splash: Golden, sandy beaches with sun worshippers dotted throughout provide an insight into the 5-star breaks, pictured here is Florida's Siesta Key Beach
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Making a splash: Golden, sandy beaches with sun worshippers dotted throughout provide an insight into the 5-star breaks, pictured here is Florida's Siesta Key Beach
Wild Dunes resort in South Carolina: A perfect line of beach umbrellas punctuate the sands in the US beauty spot 
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Wild Dunes resort in South Carolina: A perfect line of beach umbrellas punctuate the sands in the US beauty spot 
Perfect combination: Nature's beauty faces-off with the man-made structures at the El Dorado Royale in Mexico
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Perfect combination: Nature's beauty faces-off with the man-made structures at the El Dorado Royale in Mexico
Rock-n-roll: The choppy waters of Stormy Wreck in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, which is popular with US tourists
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Rock-n-roll: The choppy waters of Stormy Wreck in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, which is popular with US tourists
Matt, who is an FAA-licensed smalled unmanned aerial system (sUAS) operator, took the pictures with a drone. 
'I think being a successful drone photographer means you need to keep an open mind,' he added.
'What looks like a perfect shot from the ground might fall to pieces when you are looking at it from above. Being able to quickly scan for and recognize those patterns that make drone photography so unique is key. You also have to work quickly because battery life is still quite short at around 15 minutes.
'That perfect opportunity is fleeting and if you don’t have everything framed up and ready to go, you’re likely to miss it. There are always problems to overcome when shooting drone photography at resorts.
'Pick your poison: wind, sand, sun and heat. The biggest hurdle to overcome, though, is that of the curious bystander.
'When you’re flying, you need to remain focused on that tiny dot that you are responsible for in the sky, not the curious guy who is trying to peek over your shoulder at your screen while peppering you with questions.' 
Symmetrical: A birds eye-view of the accommodation at Wild Dunes in South Carolina, which is perfectly in symmetry
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Symmetrical: A birds eye-view of the accommodation at Wild Dunes in South Carolina, which is perfectly in symmetry
Shore thing! Vacationers relax on the sands of Siesta Key in Florida, while the crystal-clear waves lap the beach
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Shore thing! Vacationers relax on the sands of Siesta Key in Florida, while the crystal-clear waves lap the beach
New perspective: The drone snaps have shone a new light on some of the world's most popular holiday resorts, including the El Dorado Royale in Mexico
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New perspective: The drone snaps have shone a new light on some of the world's most popular holiday resorts, including the El Dorado Royale in Mexico
Splashing out on their holiday: A sun-drenched pool deck at the Wild Dunes resort is full of people cooling-off from the heat  
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Splashing out on their holiday: A sun-drenched pool deck at the Wild Dunes resort is full of people cooling-off from the heat  
Inviting: Most guests at the Wild Dunes will not be able to appreciate the full architectural wonder of their resort
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Inviting: Most guests at the Wild Dunes will not be able to appreciate the full architectural wonder of their resort
Cruise control: Privately-owned boats are anchored at a busy marina in South Carolina, where the elite like to party
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Cruise control: Privately-owned boats are anchored at a busy marina in South Carolina, where the elite like to party
Lap of luxury: Palm Cove at the Wild Dunes resort appears almost heart-shaped - and probably not by chance...

The Land of the Rising Sun: Vintage photos show life in Japan and capture a royal visit from a young Edward, Prince of Wales

  • Photographs from the early twentieth century show everyday life and celebrations in Japan
  • Some snaps show young Japanese women and children dressed in traditional clothes
  • Others were taken during the funeral of Japan's Emperor Meji in September 1912
  • A royal visit by Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales, is seen in images from 1922 
PUBLISHED: 13:29 BST, 7 August 2017 UPDATED: 00:47 BST, 8 August 2017


These vintage photographs shows everyday life and celebrations in Japan during the early 20th century.
This collection of images include portraits of women and children wearing traditional clothing as they pose for a photographer, and snaps of the 1922 royal visit of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII.
Others show the aftermath of one of the most devastating events in modern world history - the aftermath of the 1945 nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S., which killed an estimated 150,000-200,000 people.  
Beautiful: This image is believed to have been taken in 1920, and shows two young women dressed in traditional clothes
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Beautiful: This image is believed to have been taken in 1920, and shows two young women dressed in traditional clothes
Royal visit: Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales, sits in the back of a car during his visit to Japan in April 1922
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Royal visit: Edward VIII, then Prince of Wales, sits in the back of a car during his visit to Japan in April 1922
Throwback: These vintage photographs illustrate the culture and history of the Land of the Rising Sun

Further pictures include show Japanese Sumo wrestlers and views of early 20th century Tokyo.
The country's name means 'sun origin' which led to its famous nickname 'Land of the Rising Sun'.
Horrors not forgotten: The city of Hiroshima after the 1945 atomic bombing of the city by U.S. military which killed some 140,000 people a the time of the bombing and in the months and years to come
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Horrors not forgotten: The city of Hiroshima after the 1945 atomic bombing of the city by U.S. military which killed some 140,000 people a the time of the bombing and in the months and years to come
A few days after the bombing of Hiroshima, another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki (pictured)
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A few days after the bombing of Hiroshima, another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki (pictured)
Young royal: The Prince of Wales visited Japan during a royal tour of Asia  in 1922
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Young royal: The Prince of Wales visited Japan during a royal tour of Asia  in 1922
A couple sits in a traditional Japanese teagarden, and are believed to have been snapped in 1906
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A couple sits in a traditional Japanese teagarden, and are believed to have been snapped in 1906
In mourning: The funeral cortege of Emperor Meji - great grandfather of Japan's current Emperor Akihito - in September 1912
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In mourning: The funeral cortege of Emperor Meji - great grandfather of Japan's current Emperor Akihito - in September 1912
All dressed up: Another photo showing the beauty of traditional Japanese dresses and robes
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All dressed up: Another photo showing the beauty of traditional Japanese dresses and robes
Last man standing: Japanese Sumo wrestlers compete at an unknown date in the early 20th century
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Last man standing: Japanese Sumo wrestlers compete at an unknown date in the early 20th century
Showing off: These Sumo wrestlers are named champions in this snap from 1905 
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Showing off: These Sumo wrestlers are named champions in this snap from 1905 
This image is captioned 'New Year's greeting, Japan (1915-1917)', taken at an unknown location
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This image is captioned 'New Year's greeting, Japan (1915-1917)', taken at an unknown location
Back in the day: A view of Tokyo, the capital of Japan is seen at the beginning of the 20th century
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Back in the day: A view of Tokyo, the capital of Japan is seen at the beginning of the 20th century
Time for dinner: Three young children enjoy a meal of noodles in this photograph taken at an unknown date
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Time for dinner: Three young children enjoy a meal of noodles in this photograph taken at an unknown date
Rural life: A village outside Yokohama, Japan, believed to have been photographed in the first years of the 1900s
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Rural life: A village outside Yokohama, Japan, believed to have been photographed in the first years of the 1900s
A portrait of a mother and her child is part of this collection of fascinating vintage photographs from 20th century Japan
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