Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Street Level Google Earth

Daugther #1 came home last night and confessed to getting caught off task in Language Arts. She was looking at our house using Street Level in Google Earth. We knew the large metropolitan areas were being covered by the Google Earth Street Level cameras, but we did not realize that they had gotten down to the streets of small-town Summerville. The fact that the folks in a small village in England had risen up and chased away the Google Earth Street View car should have clued us in that we were on the list for picture day.

The car and camera did not make it to the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. The closest they got was across Four Holes Swamp to the east at 2432 Old Gilliard Rd where one can look down the powerline that runs across the swamp approximately 100 meters north of the nature center. The Silver Bluff Audubon Center received much better coverage. A multitude of images can seen in both directions from the offices at the 4518 Silver Bluff Rd. image. Type in your address and see if you've been imaged!

Audubon South Carolina has its own Google Earth files. You can find the hyperlinks at the bottom of the Francis Beidler Forest education department's curriculum page. The files show the Four Holes Swamp watershed boundary, the Francis Beidler Forest boundaries, the Francis Beidler Forest boardwalk, the Francis Beidler Forest canoe trail, the Wannamaker Nature Preserve near St. Matthews, the McAlhaney Nature Preserve along the Edisto River, and the boundaries of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Aiken.

You can also see images from along the 1.75-mile boardwalk through the old-growth of Francis Beidler Forest by enabling the Panoramio feature under the Geographic Web heading on Google Earth.

Image from Google Earth

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