Is that fungi from another planet? Evidence of nuclear fallout? Nope. Just aerials of Poland's landscape — taken while photographer Kacper Kowalski was paragliding hundreds of feet above.

As if paragliding while snapping shots wasn't dangerous enough, Kowalski chooses to do so in the dead of winter. "I focus on aerial pictures of winter because they are so rare," he told the Telegraph. "There are many obstacles that get in the way: snow at the take-off, no wind, and sometimes the lens freezes within 20 minutes of take-off –- if your fingers haven't frozen to the point of being numb first."

Kowalski, who has been paragliding for 15 years and competes in international races, brought his camera along for the ride 10 years ago.

"The paragliding pilot is in absolute control over the speed, and the precise angle of the shot," he explained to the Telegraph. "You can also get a lot closer to the ground so the quality of the pictures, and the framing, is often better than if you are relying on an aeroplane pilot to manoeuvre you."

His collection of winter aerials is currently on view at the Baltic Restaurant in London until February 9th.

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Otherworldly Winter Photos Captured Dangerously - While Paragliding

Image: Kacper Kowalski

Paraglider's rare winter photographs go on display in London [The Telegraph]