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Smile, you're on Virtual Earth!Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007, at 8:15 AM
I was doing some early morning browsing and discovered that Microsoft has posted very high quality aerial imagery of Bedford County on their Virtual Earth site, which is their version of Google Earth. They call it a "bird's eye view," and the detail is stunning.
You start at the Celebration grounds and can explore from there. I zoomed in on the Times-Gazette parking lot and was able to easily identify my co-worker's cars. The imagery must have been shot this past winter, due to the presence of a new car belonging to one of our employees that is parked in his regular spot.
One drawback is that you can't zoom out too far to go to other parts of the county quickly.
Another drawback is that the imagery is so good, I would think that the folks handling the security for the Celebration might have a problem with this type of detailed information getting out there for anybody to see. The number of people that attend the horse show would be a tasty target for those wanting to do great harm.
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Brian Mosely is a staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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