Aerial Photography of Southern California

Made Possible by a Grant from the California State University Long Beach Alumni Association

Introduction      The purpose of this web site is to provide you, the viewer, with aerial perspectives of southern California's remarkable landscapes and geological features.    To this end thousands of high-quality digital photographs have been taken from low-flying airplanes across scenic and geologically significant portions of southern California.   These photographs are the basis for this web site, and it is expected that many of them will serve as a baseline for the evaluation and study of future natural and human-induced changes to the landscapes of southern California.   Upcoming flights will fill in some of the gaps that are present now for the different regions labeled on the map below.    To add context and perspective, some high-altitude space photographs are included on the different web pages.

Accessing the Photographs      The map below has hotspots that you can click on to see photographs of an area of interest to you.   Drag your cursor to a region of the map, click once, and begin your adventure.



Southern California

You can also click on the links below to go to the same links shown on the map above.

Point Conception    Santa Barbara County    Ventura County    Carrizo Plain    Santa Clarita>    

San Andreas Fault    San Gabriel Mountains    

Cajon Pass    San Bernardino Mountains    Western Mojave Desert    Eastern Mojave Desert    Salton Sea    

San Jacinto Mountains    Inland Empire    Orange County    Los Angeles    Catalina Island    San Diego County


Credits      This web site was conceived of and produced by Bruce Perry of the Department of Geological Sciences at CSU Long  Beach.   If you have any questions or comments about the contents, please direct them to Mr. Perry at .   All aerial photographs are by Bruce Perry unless otherwise noted, and they can be used, with permission, for any nonprofit purpose.   Please credit photos to "Bruce Perry, Department of Geological Sciences, CSU Long Beach".   For those wishing to use a photograph for business or other for-profit purpose, contact Mr. Perry for further information.

Thanks are extended to the men and women of the California Flight Center headquartered at the Long Beach Airport.   The friendly staff and professional pilots made the flying aspect of producing this web site safe and enjoyable.   Especially appreciated is Mr. Jack Bragdon who flew our small plane into the teeth of strong turbulence on several occasions!

Special thanks go out to the CSU Long Beach Alumni Association for their grants, which paid for the plane flights, and to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of CSU Long Beach for funding a sabbatical leave to work on this web site. 


The space photographs used in this web site were taken by astronauts aboard the Gemini and Apollo missions in the 1960's and 1970's, and more recently aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station.   These space images are courtesy of the Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.   For more information about these space images go to .