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Views From the Night Sky: London and the U.K.

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Based just outside London, photographer Jason Hawkes has been making fascinating aerial images since 1991. One of his specialties is nighttime photography, where he mounts his camera to a gyro-stabilizer and takes photos directly from the open door of a helicopter. Jason has been generous to me over the years, and once again he has shared a group of stunning images. As we approach the London Summer Olympics, let Jason give you a preview tour of London and other cities in the U.K. [30 photos plus 1 video]

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Night aerial view over Swiss Re Tower, and the Lloyds Building, City of London. (© Jason Hawkes)
Night aerial view over Swiss Re Tower, and the Lloyds Building, City of London. (© Jason Hawkes)
The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, home to "Big Ben". (© Jason Hawkes) #
Night aerial view over the River Clyde and Central Glasgow. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Five a side football pitches, 20 Union Street, Manchester. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Dusk aerial view over the London 2012 Olympic Park, showing the London Aquatics Centre (center left), Water Polo Arena (bottom center), and Olympic Stadium (right). (© Jason Hawkes) #
Night aerial view over Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The Shard, Europe's tallest building, with St Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye in the far background. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Night aerial view over M62 and M60 motorways. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Fairfax Street, Bristol. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Night aerial view overlooking Bank and the City of London. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The historic s Great Britain, a ship first launched in 1843, now on display in a dry dock in Bristol. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Albert Hall, South Kensignton, London. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Bristol Temple Meads Rail Station in Bristol, England. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The O2 Arena, in Greenwich, London, showing the new sky walkway across the top of the dome. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The City of London, showing the blue lights of the Heron Tower. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Queen Square, in the center of Bristol, England. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Pedestrians and buses crowd Piccadilly Circus, London. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The City of London, with Tower Bridge (upper right) and the River Thames. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The Selfridges store designed by Future Systems at the Bullring, Birmingham. (© Jason Hawkes) #
George Square, Glasgow. (© Jason Hawkes) #
A huge distribution center, Smethwick, West Midlands. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The City of London with the Heron Tower, Swiss Re Tower and Tower 42. To the right of the image you can see the dome of St Paul's Cathedral and on the South side of the River Thames the newly completed Shard Building. (© Jason Hawkes) #
A night game at Wembley Stadium. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The Westfield Stratford Shopping center and London 2012 Olympic Park (center). (© Jason Hawkes) #
Thermae Bath Spa is a combination of the historic spa and a contemporary building, in Bath, England. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel, in Glasgow. (© Jason Hawkes) #
Above Charing Cross Station, looking to the South Bank and London Eye, London. (© Jason Hawkes) #
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England. (© Jason Hawkes) #

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