Pete's Stuff

Earthscenes I

I'm a curious fellow. Over the years, I've spent a lot of time using Google Earth, to look at anything or everything on the planet. Along the way, I've noticed how surprisingly beautiful and complex those aerial and satellite images are - even in places with sparse human habitation - everything from the false-color splashes of Landsat images to the subtle grays and browns of aerial reconnaisance photos. As time went on, I started to placemark some of the more interesting ones. Every image could be considered a work of art, and in my opinion, some are more interesting and evocative than things I've seen hanging on museum walls.

So I present a first introduction, paired with music by one of favorites from the 18th century. It's titled with latitude-longitude so you can find the images for yourself.

One of the thing I like about this video is how the satellite photos often evoke other images of the natural (and man-made world). Here are a few of the immediate impressions that I personally get from these images; I expect other people will have other opinions and associations.

South Pacific Atoll reminds me of looking at a Paramecium through a microscope.

Reefs in Lakshadweep looks like the micro world too - some kind of cells floating in liquid.

Venezuelan River Delta (in false color) looks like just a network of veins.

Silt in Hudson Bay somehow gives me an impression of those famous first in utero pictures of a growing fetus.

Wind Across the Sahara could easily be a closeup of a bad plaster job. Instead, it's parallel sand dunes, each miles long.

Antarctic Pack Ice looks like it could be salt crystals dissolving as they're dumped into a glass of water.

Volcanic Ice Melt looks like nothing more than an elephant's hide.

Western Australia (the last one) looks like nothing else I can think of, something vaguely biological maybe, but still unique.

I'm collecting more images for another installment; already I've found a few great ones from the Big Island of Hawai'i.