A gallery of satellite images taken – not vertically – but at an angle, published by Planet Labs.

To wit:

…the satellite imagery we’re most familiar with — taken straight down — flattens and obscures the visual cues we get from perspective, making the imagery appear like maps, not photos… from an angle, the view becomes altogether different: the mountains rise to their commanding height, valleys regain their depth, and background features recede into the distance. It’s like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers high.

From top: Monte Fitz Roy in Patagonia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Klyuchevskaya volcano in Russia and Bilbao in Spain.

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15 thoughts on “Side View

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      That’s a lot of people chortling. Riyadh has over 6.5 million inhabitants.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Do you find a lot of people don’t laugh much when you’re around, snookums?

    1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

      I love that game
      I had to hide it so I could do something productive
      and now I have wasted hours trying to find it

  1. The Real Shrimply Pibbles

    I swam in that lower lake on Fitzroy on a beautiful summers day many years ago. It was magnificent

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