View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Google Street View

This phenomenon has been maligned in recent months for its invasion of privacy. Two benign applications have come to light: a building that collapsed in New York City today was shown with a huge crack in its side by GSV; and a man who was robbed in the street, was pictured by GSV a few moments before hand, with two characters trailing him - who proceeded to rob him. When he saw the imagery, he also recognised his robbers. The police recognised them too, and the two twins from Groningen, Holland, are now awaiting trial.

From the archives

Sunday 21 June

Solstice Day, with the usual merry gathering at Stonehenge at the crack of dawn; without so much as a glimpse of the sun itself. I suspect a similar gathering will have been held at Callanish, although that monument has more of a lunar connotation than a solar one. Any excuse for a party for some.

Went out late last night, between 11.10 and 11.55 pm to take pictures of the amount of light still about; in spite of the thin cloud cover, it was still remarkable. Here are a few images.

Newton Basin reflecting the light from the north

Sunset colours over the town

Town Hall clock at 11.44pm