Monday, April 21, 2008

My town

This is a Google Earth image of my home town (center). The white rectangle is where I had the town name and then tried to take it out, taking out all the color with it! And I don't remember what the bright blue blobs are - something I asked Google Earth to show at the time. Now you can tell how NOT-fluent I am editing graphics.

When I first moved here, I was confused by the frequent mention of the word "Pivots". Well, see all those circles? Those are irrigation pivots in the center of each circle. The entire irrigation contraption revolves on wheels, inching around that center point. We don't get much rain here - average is less than 13 inches, and some years it's been only 7 inches. Yes, crops are grown successfully, thanks to the Oglalla Aquifer, deep under the earth crust. But there is serious concern as to how long it can last.

Because of drought, many lakes have dropped so low, we could no longer get our boat into the water, and we sold it. And, this area is NOT known for bass fishing, so Goodbye, Bass Boat!

Maybe you would like to post a Google Earth of YOUR home or town??? I don't remember how I did it (screen capture?), but many of you are brilliant at graphics.

11 comments:

Purple Pam said...

You should make a quilt from this picture. You could make the brown circles purple or blue, and they would look great with the green. What do you think? This could be a whole new quilt phase!

Sharon said...

I've flown many times from the West Coast to Chicago, and often seen the "crop circles" in the Midwest. I think they're fascinating from above - probably not so great at earth level. I agree with Pam - this could be a great quilt pattern! And I love the stripe-y fields. What are those? They'd look great in the quilt too! (don't you love when others come up with projects for you to do??)

Sandra ;) said...

What a great idea!!! I grabbed an image of my house and uploaded it to my sewing blog - it even shows our car and van, LOL. Fun!! I looked up irrigation pivots so I could see exactly what they are, and learned something new! Thanks for the great idea :)

Joyce said...

Good idea. I'm going to look into how to do it. I also like the quilt idea with your circles.

Jane said...

I was wondering about water when you were describing where you lived in an earlier post.
This is our second drought year with no use of sprinklers and I have lost so much of my garden.
Rain is such a valuable resouce.
I sometimes think all I want, is to live somewhere that has regular rain.

Mama Koch said...

Since we're also on a farm...and own one of those pivots.....I have to ask, what do they raise under those pivots?

Mary said...

I posted a satellite photo of our new townhouse a couple months ago - it's quite interesting to see one's home from that view.

http://maryquilts.blogspot.com/2008/02/we-thought-things-were-set-but.html

Sandra ;) said...

Elaine I ran outside and waved a quilt around for the satellite - did you see me? Now I'm tempted to paint dresden plates or friendship stars or something on my roof ... hubby would probably have me committed ;) Mary - your satellite view is cool - what a great area!

Julie said...

I tried that Google Earth thing and it's just a mass of green. Our house is invisable since the forest is so dense. It wouldn't make a very interesting quilt, I'm afraid. Yours, however, is really graphic. In fact it looks much like those "art" quilts many non-traditional quilters make. You know, those fabric art pieces that hang on the walls of corporation offices? I'm not so sure I'd be willing to tackle all those curves and circles.LOL. Pieced trees I can do. Circles not so much.

I love the spools. Thanks for the directions. It's next up on my project list!

Anonymous said...

I agree those crop circles are a wonderful idea for a quilt.. you can use the drunkards path block..and put those circles into grains ,,and forage crops...my dad used to strip farm..alternating wheat with unplanted summer fallow. Sew Peacefully FLO}:o

The Calico Quilter said...

I am so bummed out! The image resolution for the area around my house is so poor you can't see anything. Just down the road the photos have been redone with higher resolution and you can practically count the shingles on the roofs, but not at my house! It's weird, the area around by city is patchworked and only parts have the higher resolution. But, the picture of the little tiny town of 2000 people where my Mom lives is clear as a bell. I can see her awning on the porch!