03 June 2006

Google Earth vs Real Pics

I'm one of those people who are lucky enough to travel a lot on the job. And I've always had this fascination with the view from the plane, so I never fail to ask for a window seat so that I get to take pictures from the window.

I know it's a little childish, but who cares? From my previous trip to Thailand, thanks to the unusually good weather for this time of the year, and also the better than expected visibility, I managed to take some pictures.

This time around - I did manage to get some great shots. Check out this one flying over the northern parts of Bangkok on the approach to the International Airport ... the patches of greens looked like one giant quilt !!


And then there was this great picture of a settlement that seemed to float over the flooded rice fields just beyond the shores of the Gulf of Siam, where the mighty Chao Phraya river delta meets the sea ... you can see the river at the top of the picture.



And just for fun, I went to Google Earth to check out the difference between the real pics and the Google pics ... it was good fun ... here are some results ...

Here is the Bangkok International Airport ...


And here, the city of Bangkok itself ...

And here's a golf course encountered along the descent to Bangkok ...


And finally, here's where the Chao Phraya River meets the Gulf of Siam. Just 50 kilometers downstream from Bangkok, ending a long journey from it's origin in the Himalayas ...


I should do this more often ... cool eh ?? I'm digging up older pictures now to Google !!

5 comments:

cheng sim said...

the Google Earth pics look so..so..like kena hit by Tsunami like that. no greenery. sigh. the original pic is still the best. no lah. ur not childish. it just shows that you appreciate the little things in life like the view from the sky.

Che-Cheh said...

Wah beautiful man! Show us more.

Looks like Google Earth pict is computer generated. Is it ? Colorless

moz monster said...

cheng sim: yeah ... the original looks better, though Google Earth really blows you away ...

che-cheh: Looks pretty, don't they? Let me find some time during the weekends to google somemore ...

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