Long Shots: Creatures from Afar
Okay. Two really bad pix this morning but it’s all I got.
First, I wanted both of you who might be interested to know that The Google has made significant improvements in the quality of images it will show you in satellite view on Google Maps or from Google Earth.
The (iPhone screenshot) image above shows (look closely) our white-ish perpetual-visitor neighbor-dog Feather rounding the bend of the pasture road. Our hay was mowed a month ago. So this is recent and the detail is much sharper than before.
Google Earth maps I don’t think are ALL new and improved (in both color, sharpness and absence of cloud cover) but where you do have the new shots, the detail is stunning.
I toured Glacier National Park a few days ago and especially dropping down and looking from a few thousand feet with a side-lookingÂ (vs a straight-above) view, the medium is immersive. I dreamed about the possibility of this kind of tool thirty years ago, and whaddaya know! I lived to see it happen, and for free.
And don’t tell Doug Thompson about my pathetic bear picture.
I grabbed this one with the phone the other day. Ann was cutting the grass on this side of the creek when she looked up and saw this very large lumbering bear slowly making its way across the pasture.
The bear is the black splotch. I hate saying that but it’s theÂ shoot-from-the-hip best I could do.