When it comes to summer, Americans have no shortage of seasonal amusements. From pools to beaches to golf courses and tennis courts, it’s a colorful, skin-baring time of year, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But what does such leisure look like from way up in the air?

Pilot and photographer (dream job alert!) Alex S. MacLean has decided to answer this question in his aerial series Playing, a collection of works that captures the compelling relationship between amusement and the American landscape.

This series shows many of the different ways leisure takes form within a given landscape.

On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got super complicated amusement parks that combine feats of engineering with a Candyland-style color palette.

On the other end, you’ve got a pair of unmarked tennis courts just waiting to be populated with a few players.

Each photograph captures a completely different mood and way of play, and the whole series has the effect of detaching us from the very play that is captured. See the whole Playing series here, and don’t blame us if you get lost in MacLean’s beautiful aerial series of Beaches.

What unusual photo series have you seen lately? What’s your favorite summer play pastime? Talk to us in the comments below.

(h/t FastCo.Design)