I'm still looking at satellite images and still finding them awesome and amazing. Although satellite imagery has been in use for many years and has helped specialists do everything from predicting the weather to spying on neighboring countries, the sudden availability of satellite images to everyone and anyone on sites like GoogleMaps or maps.yahoo.com is surely changing how we see and think about our world. Of course there's a Big Brother side to this. On a personal level, I found my enthusiasm for this imagery suddenly dampened when one day I decided to look at my elderly mother's house on YahooMaps and I could see her white car parked in the driveway. Granted the data is not in real time, and nobody really cares whether or not my mother is home, but it was unsettling.
With this particular technology, though, my fascination definitely outweighs my fear. After reading about the Ward Ice Shelf, an Arctic ice shelf that recently broke into two pieces, I examined some satellite maps of Greenland. Unfortunately, imagery of the Ward Ice Shelf isn't available at high resolutions, but I found some images of large chunks of ice further down the coast from the site:
I'll be using these views as a starting point for a new print.