Tromsø—interactive, high definition photo

Tromsø in high definition
Tromsø in high definition

We are probably all quite used to the detail that we can see on Google maps these days, particularly in the street view. But check out this interactive, high-definition photograph of Tromsø in Norway. The level of detail that it has captured is astounding!

Circus

Circus and elephants
Circus and elephants

On the zoomed-out map you cannot even see the circus tent, but zoomed in you can clearly see the elephants (and a giant, pink dancing elephant).

Mountains

Mountains above Tromso
Look at the level of detail on the mountains opposite.

This is range of mountains directly across from the camera, at maximum zoom. You can clearly see detail of rocks.

Ships, houses and sunbathing

Ship docked, with woman sunbathing on the balcony
Who is that on the balcony?

You can clearly see someone relaxing in the sun on a balcony on this side of the river.

Ski jump

Ski jumps without snow
I wonder if anyone uses this in the summer for skateboarding

This looks like a ski jump without the snow. It’s on the far side of the photograph, certainly too far away to see on the fully-zoomed-out photo.

Paraglider

Paraglider in a rainbow-coloured parachute
Someone hanging around in Tromsø

Check it out!

The photo is quite amazing, capturing an ordinary day in Tromsø. I have probably spent hours over the last couple of years exploring it, looking for the extraordinary amongst the ordinary: Two folks paragliding. A helicopter. Cyclists crossing the road. Two figures in black suits walking through the cemetery. Elephants.

What do you spot in the photo?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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