Google Catches Up

It’s been a mild source of frustration that all these years we’ve been gradually expanding and improving the orchard, maps.google.com has maintained the same old images of that part of Maine, which dated from at least 2006, before we even started. I happened to look recently and was pleased to see that the images have been updated as of spring 2010; Joshua has been able to decipher the exact date (in May I think) that the satellite in question flew over, and and by the angle of shadows it looks as if it was mid-afternoon. Not for any particular practical reason, but it’s gratifying that all our hard work finally shows up:

(compare to before:)

It’s possible to make out the locations of individual trees in the old part of the orchard, plus the newground to the west and south; also the thinning for the Cornell maples in the woods to the west down toward the water. Also it looks like I had recently turned over the middle field; still not sure what to do with that this summer, whether to plant pumpkins on it or let the pasture mix from last year continue to develop – the buckwheat/deer buffet debacle pointed up the need for fencing around basically anything edible. Soil fertility, improving pastures for the new goat herd, and berry crops seem like good themes for this year. Also, I’d like to move toward a permanent fencing plan; the plastic-mesh-plus-electric is cheap and flexible, but it requires a lot of continuing maintenance. Once we know where things are going to settle out, I’d like to move toward woven wire as a lower maintenance solution.

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One Response to “Google Catches Up”

  1. Nathan Williams Says:

    Minor pet peeve: Photos at this level of detail aren’t from satellites, they’re from low-flying airplanes (now that I’m at Google I’ve directed my peeve at the Maps UI people, but the odds of fixing it seem low). Most such orthophotography is commissioned by local governments, and Google picks it up from them or from various third-party aggregators like Digital Globe. So if you want more up-to-date photos, lobby your state legislator 🙂

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