View Madeira from above

At last Google Earth has (satellite) images of the island of Madeira. Although these are not very recent images as some of you might notice …. but it gives a very detailed view of the houses, roads and other buildings on the island.

Have a look at a few snapshots I have made from Google Earth:

Madeira Island Madeira Island Funchal Madeira Airport Ponta do Sol

What is Google Earth?

Google Earth is a free-of-charge, downloadable virtual globe program. It maps the entire earth by pasting images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS over a 3D globe. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Visit http://earth.google.com/, download the software and visit places from above … you might even see your own house.

Update
The images can also be seen within your browser via maps.google.com. Click on the following link to go directly to Madeira Archipelago. My thanks to Anton (macnetz) for the notice.

Capturing the Pro capturing

A few weeks ago my friend Hugo invited me for a levada walk … Queimadas to Caldeirão Verde … the path starts at the guesthouse (Queimadas) and goes through a beautiful emerald green paradise … with waterfalls on the way. It is a moderated walk of approximate 4 hours.

Madeira Images - madeiraarchipelago.com

Just a simple levada walk … you will think. But in Hugo’s case it was different … namely … he wanted to take pictures of the levada. Not just the standard holidays-pictures … but the more professional approach.

Carrying a Nikon D100 SLR camera, a bag full of films, lenses and a tripod … we went to the levada. I took my faithful Canon PowerShot with me … a little bit ashamed hidden in my bag …

While Hugo took pictures of the beautiful scenery we came across the levada …. I took pictures of him taking the pictures. I must say the images that I took with the PowerShot are not bad … you can see the Pro with his Nikon D100 High performance digital SLR camera in action … capturing Mother Nature’s handwork of waterfalls, levada channels, Laurisilvia offspring and other beauties this wonderful path offers.

Madeira Images - madeiraarchipelago.com

We also came a couple of tourists on our way. One was even riding on a (mountain)bike … on the levada. Another Spanish tourist wanted to show off to his walking companions by taking a dangerous path that goes right under a waterfall. Hugo captured the moment … and I captured Hugo capturing the moment.

It was a fun day …

Link to Hugo’s website: Madeira Archipelago.com