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Crest of a sand dune. Myall Lakes. (taken 1976 )

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (15)

ametyst06 on December 12, 2008


Andrew Royle on December 12, 2008

Thank you ametyst. You have a very keen eye.

PavelFojtuVK on July 14, 2009


Andrew Royle on July 14, 2009

Thank you PavelFojtuVK.

Greetings from Australia.

Murilo Rabelo on January 13, 2010

Very good composition!!!

Andrew Royle on January 14, 2010

Thank you Murilo Rabelo.

Murilo Rabelo on January 14, 2010

greetings from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Helvetica on March 16, 2010


Andrew Royle on March 18, 2010

Thanks for that Helvetica. These old shots don't quiet do the place full justice. Myall Lakes is a captivatingly serene and beautiful place.

bananadoctor on April 11, 2010

The position marked on Google Earth is not where the photograph was taken. There are no dunes at this location. Can the author be more specific?

Andrew Royle on April 12, 2010

3 things:

. The Google GPS markers will drift over time. I have noticed this tendency in many of the shots I have submitted to Panoramio in the 3 years I have been a participating member.

. The area in the past was subject to sand mining and large tracts of this terrain have been extensively re-vegetated.

. The shot was taken 34 years ago so I cannot rely on memory alone to establish the exact location of the shot.

I would be quiet happy to review the positioning of this shot should someone with knowledge of the area be so good as to submit a practical suggestion.

bananadoctor on April 12, 2010

Hi Andrew!

I didn't appreciate that the picture was taken 34 years ago. I guess the area could have been reforested since then.

I'm on a crusade to get Google Earth photographer's locations positioned where they ought to be otherwise it all becomes meaningless. Google Earth has a photo of Stonehenge in Wiltshire located in a field in Worcestershire near where I live. It has 'position cannot be changed' on this photo. This makes me mad! I only hope tourists looking for an ancient British site completely with stone monoliths don't come to this field as they will be terrribly disappointed. I have written to Google Earth, but I have no reply to date.

Andrew Royle on April 12, 2010

Gidday bananadoctor,

I can certainly understand your concerns re the positioning of many of the shots in Panoramio.

What I find quiet ironic is that you can have some lark place a shot 15,000 km away from where it was obviously taken but because the subject material basically complies with GE's acceptance policy it will get a stamp, whereas another shot, even though it might be accurately positioned, might be arbitrarily judged as being outside that policy and thus be knocked back.

I think GE would need to hire a couple of floors of extra staff (at least) if they really wanted to clean the mess up.

Greetings from Melbourne.

bananadoctor on April 13, 2010

Hi Andy!

I fully agree with your sentiments. The number of errors in GE business locations in my area is also remarkable. It seems GE went around photographing some of these businesses. Clicks on the business will reveal a photograph. There is now a shot of a suburban house, which is supposedly a 'Tesco Express', and a mini-shopping comlex, which is supposedly a pub/restuarant. How could GE photographers have been so dumb! The work seems to have been undertaken by someone without a brain!

Incidentally, when you took your Myall Lakes shots in 1976, I was half way through a postdoc at the University of Sydney and a pom visiting the Forster area for the first time. I visited again last November with my daughter, who now lives in Sydney. Seems there is a lot more real estate, especially at 'Pacific Palms'. Seal Rocks was still very nice.

Andrew Royle on April 14, 2010

Hi there bananadoctor,

As you can see from my Panoramio submissions, I was there in '76. The last time I visited the area was in 1996. As I recall from the second visit, the track that takes you south from Seal Rocks that runs parallel to the coast was then closed to all ordinary traffic. So we could not simply drive down there again as we could in '76. In a way that's a pity as what I saw then was some of the most enchantingly beautiful country I have ever seen in my life.

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