Ford Proving Grounds, Dearborn

April 26th, 2005

Giant Ford logo at the Ford Proving Grounds, Dearborn. A little to the east is what appears to be a large black vehicle driving around the track.

Ford

Thanks: Rick

FedEx Forum

April 26th, 2005

Reader “Jason Parrish” points out that The Memphis Grizzlies no longer play at the Memphis Pyramid Arena but have now moved to the FedEx Forum which was clearly still being constructed when this photo was taken. You can see that only a quarter or so of the seats have been put in and there are four large white cranes on site (check the shadows!)

Jason also added:

One block North is the famed Beale Street; three blocks north-east you see the Memphis Peaboy Hotel; and finally five blocks north, you’ll see Autozone Park; home of the Memphis Redbirds, AAA farm team of St. Louis Cardinals.

FedEx Forum

Trees

April 26th, 2005

Well here’s something I didn’t expect to see. Thousands of trees floating in the water as part of a logging operation on Vancouver Island. I think it’s actually a strangely beautiful image (thumbnail #1). However, the whole thing becomes a little scary when you see just how many trees are involved; have a look at the number of logs being processed over in Vancouver (thumbnail #2), and there’s thousands more down here.

We’ve also located places where trees are being cut from - for example near Baxter Park in Maine (notice the piles of logs by the side of the road), and also next to the Redwood National Park. Phil says:

This is an image of typical redwood forest clearcutting in Northern California. You can zoom out pretty far and it’s still visible. Also notice that this particular location is right next to rewdood national park — and it’s obvious from the satellite photo where the protected land begins. You can discern how recently a clear-cut was made by how green it is — the light brown splotches are most recent. I’ve travelled in this place quite a bit, and the logging companies make efforts to log away from main roads & coastlines, perhaps hoping people don’t notice the amount of clearcutting that still happens. They can’t hide anymore.

How right you are Phil.

Logging on Vancouver Island Logging on Vancouver Island

On a positive note however, I assume these are giant Redwood trees? Wow, they are huge! Looks like the green ‘ground covering’ is the top of normal sized trees, with these monsters looming above them, apparently up to 350 feet!

Redwoods

Thanks to Jean Lorraine, Jeff Miller, Wes, Karen Pease and Phil.

Forest Fires

April 25th, 2005

It’s pretty obvious where the fire has been and where it is heading in the first forest fire in Louisiana (thumbnail #1) and there is an immense amount of smoke from this other fire in Louisiana. You can see a fire spreading like it’s a burning piece of paper in this fire in Texas (thumbnail #2).

There are also (low-res) shots of a huge fire in Central Cuba, a collection of fires in Alaska and yet more in Alaska.

Fire 1 Fire 2

Thanks: Rusty, K-milo, DDA & Jason

Pebble Beach Golf Course

April 25th, 2005

Pebble Beach Golf Course.

Pebble beach

Thanks: Josh

Escobar’s Dairy Farm

April 25th, 2005

Another corn maze this time at Escobar’s Dairy Farm, Rhode Island. I’ve rotated the maze for the thumbnail and you should be able to make out a lighthouse with “Escobar” in the beam, some rocks and a sailboat (which seems dangerously close to those rocks).

Escobar

Thanks: David

Blimp Hangar

April 25th, 2005

This is the blimp airdock at Akron Fulton Airport, in Akron, Ohio. Completed in 1929, it was the world’s largest structure without interior supports. Originally built by Goodyear, it is now owned by Lockheed Martin.

blimp hangar

Thanks: Beth

Blimp Over The Florida Coast

April 25th, 2005

Here is a great shot of a blimp over the beaches of ClearWater Beach, Florida.

blimp over florida

Thanks: MTBguy

Wrigley Field, Chicago

April 25th, 2005

Wrigley Field is home to the Chicago Cubs and was built in 1914 (making it the second-oldest ballpark in the majors). The historic structure at Clark & Addison maintains its original 1937 scoreboard where the score-by-innings and the pitchers’ numbers are still changed by hand.

Wrigley Field

Thanks: Deanna Peters

The Manicouagan Impact Crater

April 24th, 2005

Wow. The Manicouagan impact crater is huge. Apparently it’s one of the largest impact craters still preserved on the surface of the Earth, and was formed during a tremendous impact about 200 million years ago. The annular lake that shows the perimeter is 70 kilometers (43 miles) in diameter. Solarviews.com says:

Although the original rim has been removed, the distribution of shock metamorphic effects and morphological comparisons with other impact structures indicates an original rim diameter of approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Manicouagan Impact Crater

Thanks to Mike Scher, Philippe, Keith, Stuart Reid, Andy M, Markus and many others.