Russian photographer Slava Stepanov photographed this view from aboard a Robinson R44.
The Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, is the world’s busiest, handling hundreds of flights per day in the summer as the necessity of travel by air makes owning and operating a floatplane a must for many. Russian photographer Slava Stepanov photographed this view of the well-known peninsulas that jut into the small, man-made lake from his perch aboard a Robinson R44. Lake Hood is cradled next to Anchorage International Airport, which lies at the terminus of the Cook Inlet leading to the Pacific Ocean in south central Alaska. With 300,000 residents, Anchorage is Alaska’s most populous city, home to more than 40 percent of the state’s total population. Underscoring the importance of aviation to the state, Anchorage boasts 10 smaller general aviation airports within the city limits.