Editor’s Note: In 2006, Jordan and three friends rode their skateboards across Canada, which began his documenting travel stories. He remained out West and fell in love with paragliding, which has launched him into a niche career of taking to the skies, documenting his adventures, and inspiring others. His recent journeys have including travels in Malawi, Uganda, and beyond helping under-privileged communities be inspired by the power of flight.

Looking at Benjamin’s images should remind us that the earth is nothing short of incredible, that she’s worth not only protecting but marvelling in as well. You can find his work on his website, or follow his continuing adventures on Instagram.

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Away we go

Paragliding has taken me to Malawi, Uganda, and beyond - not to mention across my home country (which is a rather large country, you must admit). Every single time I launch skyward, and peer back down at our earth, I am amazed, humbled, and in awe of this place we call home. Yes, we are doing harmful, horrible things to her, but you have to believe me - from my point of view, there is still so much beauty left to cherish, to save, and to revel in.

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Salt

Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan. A culvert and dirt road transform the salty Reed Lake into a spectacle of modern art. As I approached the lake, a massive wave of thermic energy released upwards into the sky sending me from a comfortable 200 m, to more than 2000 m above the earth's service. It wasn't until I'd reached this insane height that the majestic beauty of this lake became apparent.

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Heart Lake

Sundridge, Ontario. A small cabin sits unsuspectingly on a small lake in which red algae has formed a heart. Consistently unique and always unexpected, finding hearts from the sky makes me feel like the earth is smiling back at me, just for a moment.

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Where classics go to rest

Taber, Alberta. Cars and cows are my favourite thing to find while flying. I feel like it's my birthday when I find them, and in this case, find Mother Nature slowly takes back what was, and always will be, hers.

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Leaf Island

Sheridan Lake, BC. Like an autumn leaf lain to rest in a puddle, this tiny, uninhabited island provides safe refuge for a diverse species of birds in British Columbia.

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Vast wilderness

Nelson, British Columbia. Distinct from their neighbouring Rocky Mountains, the scenic Selkirk Range of the West Kootenays are home to many species, from Grizzlies to Bald Eagles. Their southern tip, in Washington, is home to the last remaining woodland caribou population in the contiguous United States.

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Water like women

Augustine Cove, PEI. The more I fly, the more I appreciate the natural geometry of water its direct link to all life on earth. And while water often creates distinctively tree like shapes, where fresh water meets the Atlantic, it's more of a uterus and cervix. Appropriate, for Mother Nature. We are composed of 60%, or more, water and sights like this remind me how important it is that we not mess with this source of life for our planet.

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A dream come true

Cornerbrook, Prince Edward Island. A few years ago, I had the great privilege of realizing "Above + Beyond Canada": a life long dream of flying a Powered Paraglider 10,000 km across Canada. Apart from being able to float slowly across my country, and document the incredible topography, I also took the opportunity to land at summer camps along the way, get the kids stoked on achieving their dreams. Photographic Prints, Photos and a Film of the record-breaking journey were, and are still, sold to raise funds to send children from low-income homes to summer camp.

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Red earth

Murray Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island. The clay-rich coast, encircling Prince Edward Island mixes with the salty Atlantic to create a rich display of veiny waterways and lush vegetation.The moment I landed on the shores of PEI, I knew I had to fly barefoot to truly take in the fullness of the beauty thrust at me around every corner. Like another planet, I've yet to find any where else on earth quite like this place.

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Cow crescent

Perth, Ontario. It takes 6810 litres (1799 gallons) of clean water to produce a single pound of beef. And while large scale cattle production requires an insane amount of water to stay in business, this local Ontario farm keeps things sustainable raising a small number of cattle in an area of abundant lakes, rivers and streams.

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Rows of life

La Salle, Manitoba. Wheat thrives in the flatland of the great Canadian prairies. While the wheat grown here feeds the majority of the country and provides a significant export economy, any slight imbalance in the annual rain fall or temperature has a significant impact on the national scale.