Sunday, September 7, 2014

Orthophoto of Meitar


Shalom, welcome to Meitar, my new hometown in the Northern Negev!
I discovered this February 2014 photo on the wall of the Meitar Local Council moked.
Click a few times to enlarge it. 

The planned community (yeshuv kehilati) was  begun in 1984.
Neighborhoods were added gradually and the 5th (or 6th?) one is currently under construction.
The schools, stores, sports center, and public buildings are in the middle (for me, a 14-minute walk from home).

On our west is Kibbutz Kramim with its big solar field.
To the north is Meitar Forest and the Israel Trail.
The road on top of the photo goes along the border with the West Bank.
The green on the bottom is the edge of the big Bedouin town Hura. 

Ofek Aerial Photo produced this 1:2,500 orthophoto map.

Wikipedia explains

An orthophoto . . .  is an aerial photograph geometrically corrected ("orthorectified") such that the scale is uniform: the photo has the same lack of distortion as a map. Unlike an uncorrected aerial photograph, an orthophotograph can be used to measure true distances, because it is an accurate representation of the Earth's surface, having been adjusted for topographic relief, lens distortion, and camera tilt.
You can enjoy Ofek's panoramic aerial photos of Israel at their gallery


  1. How interesting!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3

  2. The aerial view does give your home a fresh perspective.

  3. Had not heard about orthophotos before, very interesting. I love the high views like this . . . and the community is nicely planned with the public buildings in the middle. I like that.

  4. Today I learned something new again!

  5. A very interesting post, I have already seen ortophotos of my area at work, but yours are much more interesting!

  6. Meitar, your new hometown. I have to say I missed out on your move there, shame on me. It looks like a long way from Jerusalem. Now I'm off to visit some of your older posts going back to August 2013 so I can follow up on your move. I hope that after a year of living there you are feeling comfortable and enjoying life there.
    Thanks for your message regarding our children living overseas. Downunder is a long way away, isn't it?

  7. And thanks for explaining what an orthophoto is. I'd never heard of them.

  8. I enjoyed visiting Meitar.
    The first avenue into town was almost a little majestic:-) With a lovely blue sky. I will remember!

  9. It would be fun to see something like this of the Hawaiian Islands.


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