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Google Street View in the Amazon

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Timed to commemorate World Forest Day last week, Google released a video of its street view cameras on the Rio Negro River. Technically these are not streets, but the waterways are thoroughfares of traffic much like our roads and are an important source of life and transportation in the Amazon.

Google announced the Amazon project last August on its blog, partnering up with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), a local non-profit conservation organization. From the August post:

We’ll pedal the Street View trike along the narrow dirt paths of the Amazon villages and maneuver it up close to where civilization meets the rainforest. We’ll also mount it onto a boat to take photographs as the boat floats down the river. The tripod—which is the same system we use to capture imagery of business interiors—will also be used to give you a sense of what it’s like to live and work in places such as an Amazonian community center and school. 

The video below, released last week, shows the fascinating results of the project:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8nIHDxfp0?rel=0]

-Jodi

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The CN Tower in shadow, with Toronto below

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads


I’m from Canada so perhaps I’m slightly biased here, but I saw this photo of Toronto from the CN Tower’s Facebook page today and it just took my breath away.

Taken on Saturday from Horizons restaurant, it shows the tower itself (all 1815.4 ft of it) reflected in shadow on the clouds below, with Toronto partially visible beneath it:

What a view. I had to share it here.

-Jodi

p.s. For those of you heading to Toronto, don’t miss the CN Tower EdgeWalk, where you can wander around outside the tower, 116 stories above the city. 

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