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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The View

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Akjoujt, Mauritania (via Google Earth View)

Akjoujt, Mauritania (via Google Earth View)

If you’ve ever played around on Google Earth, you’ve likely come across some beautiful vistas while looking for other things. Well, the wizards at Google decided to put those images to more esoteric use. Enter Earth View, a collection of breath-taking images of some of our planet’s most striking locations shot from heights we wouldn’t be able to see otherwise. 1500 carefully-curated images can be downloaded, scrolled through, searched, or played as a slideshow (“Lean Back” mode). I highly recommend the latter. Put on some music that makes you happy, get yourself a soothing beverage, and let the pretty pictures go by.

If you are a Chrome user (and really why wouldn’t you be?), there’s also a free extension that will bring up a new Earth View picture every time you open a new tab. I’m really loving that, too!

Our planet is a remarkable place, and I’m thrilled to get to look at it from a new angle. I especially like how it turns even dangerous, violent places into soothing abstracts with no social inequality and no racial tension and no unkindness and no politics, nothing to distract us from our beautiful, beautiful shared home.

Liberty Island, New York City (via Google Earth View)

Liberty Island, New York City (via Google Earth View)

Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands (via Google Earth View)

Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands (via Google Earth View)

Tooele County, US (via Google Earth View)

Tooele County, Utah, US (via Google Earth View)

Gairdner, Australia (via Google Earth View)

Gairdner, Australia (via Google Earth View)

Trebujena, Spain (via Google Earth View)

Trebujena, Spain (via Google Earth View)

Ennedi, Chad (via Google Earth View)

Ennedi, Chad (via Google Earth View)

Estepa, Spain (via Google Earth View)

Estepa, Spain (via Google Earth View)

South Australia (via Google Earth View)

South Australia (via Google Earth View)

Kujalleg, Greenland (via Google Earth View)

Kujalleg, Greenland (via Google Earth View)

Marshall Islands (via Google Earth View)

Marshall Islands (via Google Earth View)

Akjoujt, Mauritania (via Google Earth View)

Akjoujt, Mauritania (via Google Earth View)

Taylor County, US (via Google Earth View)

Taylor County, Florida, US (via Google Earth View)

Iskushuban, Somalia (via Google Earth View)

Iskushuban, Somalia (via Google Earth View)

Columbiers, France (via Google Earth View)

Columbiers, France (via Google Earth View)

Kumarina, Australia (via Google Earth View)

Kumarina, Australia (via Google Earth View)

Saint John, US Virgin Islands (via Google Earth View)

Saint John, Washington, US (via Google Earth View)

Xhariep, South Africa (via Google Earth View)

Xhariep, South Africa (via Google Earth View)

Uzbekistan (via Google Earth View)

Uzbekistan (via Google Earth View)

Yellowstone National Part, US (via Google Earth View)

Yellowstone National Part, US (via Google Earth View)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

17 thoughts on “The View

  1. Gorgeous. Like paint pallets.

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  2. Ooooh! I had not heard of this despite using google maps and street view all the time. I’m going to have to watch the slideshow and add that extension. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Although from a different perspective, the Earth Porn page on Facebook has amazing photos too!

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  4. Wow. I love these. Viewing them is kind of like cloud-gazing where you see other things in what’s there. I loved that game as a kid…

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  5. Stunning images. Thanks for this post I’ll have to check this out in more detail.
    Shine On

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  6. Donna, you have a strikingly gorgeous blog!! I was quite taken by the header–the blue/green boat is SO Nice! Thanks for telling me about Google Earth, too.

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  7. Hi Donna – I wouldn’t be very creative in my comment as all that I can say is – fascinating! 🙂 How diverse the world is!
    – Ruta

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  8. Hey Donna, love the pictures but I have to point out, I believe the photo you have listed as being of St. John of the U.S.V.I, is actually of St. John in Washington state.

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