Monday, January 24, 2011

Found Them

I found out what happened to all those little Google Earth (GE) cameras... they morphed the photos into the landscape. Somehow the GE geniuses have integrated those millions of photos they took at street level with the actual GE program.

If you look in the top right corner of your GE screen, you'll see a yellow image of a man below your compass. That's the 'street view' indicator. What you do is just drag that icon over to wherever you want to get a closer look and wait a few seconds. If GE ever took a photo of that spot, your satellite image will soon morph into an actual street view.

I tried this with my home town. I moved the yellow 'man' icon to the main street Montmartre and waited. Soon the street emerged--as well as a guy getting out of his pickup at the local store. As I moved closer to the 30' replica Eiffel tower at the end of the street, the guy got out of his truck and looked at me. Well, he wasn't actually looking at me, he was looking at the GE vehicle with the camera mounted on top. And he wasn't actually moving, but the camera takes photos approx every 75 feet so it looked like he was moving. Very neat. And weird.

So, mystery solved. I guess when I looked last week, I put the street view icon on an area where a GE vehicle hadn't taken a photo. :( This isn't strange considering my hero and heroine are on a wagon trip on the old Carlton trail which is in the middle of someone's field now.

Today's photos were taken yesterday on a beautiful day where the temperature hovered at 0c.

Except as you can see, the wind was blowing up such a ruckus it tried to obliterate the western horizon. Immediately after taking this shot, I turned around and took the next...

This photo is looking east down our driveway. Now those snow drifts don't look too big, but they were made with hubby's 4wheel drive truck. He advised me not to take the kids to church today because those drifts are so high, my 2wheel drive van would've got hung up on them.

So now that you know about the street view icon on Google Earth, why don't you go try it out and then come back and tell me what you think.

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