Google Earth is an incredible program with many practical applications. For instance, I use it frequently for creating custom files for my handheld GPS and for mapping upcoming outdoor excursions. One of the most powerful features of Google Earth is its stunning satellite imagery which covers the four corners of the globe. This means that, for those too lazy/broke to travel the globe in real life, you can take in the splendors of the earth right from your desktop. And, since Google Earth Pro went free earlier this year, you can “capture” it all in stunning HD.
Earth View is boasts having “a collection of the most beautiful and striking landscapes found in Google Earth.” These images comprise varied settings from deserts to oceans, from prairies to mountains…and pretty much everything in between. All of the hard work of location scouting has been done for you, the photos have been captured, and all you have to do is simply revel in a whole lot of awesome.
These breathtaking views are just a small sample of the 1,500 best-of images in the Earth View archives. With Google’s ease of access, I think I may just take up snapping beautiful landscape photos from the comfort of my office…although making a career out of it may prove to be a bit difficult.
To browse the entire collection or download images for your desktop wallpaper, head over to Earth View and squander the rest of your Friday afternoon. Then go home and pour beer over your smartphone for a creative weekend photography project. Heck, why not…