Okay, so I'm still not sure how I managed to accidentally find this, but I don't like to look the gift horse in the mouth--SO.....let me give a little context, set the stage, all that jazz.

It's part of my job to find interesting things around me. And it's also part of my job to dig around until I find these interesting things. However, I was definitely not digging around for anything interesting at all when I stumbled across this gem that I'm about to show you.

I was knee-deep in a comment thread somewhere in a Facebook group when I saw someone mention that Google Earth would likely have a aerial/satellite images taken between a certain span of years. Now, I know all about Street View and the ability to toggle between the older and current views there....

But Google Earth? Aight, time for me to jump on in. I didn't find it right away, so I had to google (googleception?) Long story short, there's a project out there that will show satellite imagery as a timelapse.

Bingo. Next step: Amarillo.

The result? NEAT.

Check out this timelapse of Amarillo, satellite-style. I selected the years 1984 to present and set the speed for x.25 for playback pleasure.

Don't be shy, zoom in! You won't be able to zoom in all the way, but it's pretty bleepin' cool at any distance.

I found that I experienced maximum "wow" factor when dragged the map over to the city outskirts and zoomed in as closely as possible....then pressed play.

I know that cities are just doing what cities do when they grow--but it's always something else when the city in question is the one you live in. It's amazing to reflect on how much Amarillo has changed, and how much it will continue to change. What will this timelapse look like ten years from now?

Only one way to find out!

Can You Guess These Towns From Their Satellite Photos?

I'm always down for a good brain challenge. This one however got the best of me.
It's always a fun time looking up address or cities and seeing them from a satellite point of view. You start pointing out landmarks and things you recognize.

One thing you don't account for however is something looking bigger or smaller than you seemed to think it was. So we started grabbing a bunch of these satellite pictures of cities and towns around Amarillo.

As we looked at them, we thought to ourselves, "how fun would this be to actually have to GUESS what these places are?". So away we went.

Go ahead and try to see how many you can guess correctly!

Teeny Tiny Towns of the Texas Panhandle

Don't blink! You just might miss these TINY towns that are dotted around the Texas Panhandle.

Some of these are unincorporated communities and some of these are just plain ol' small!

Either way, these teensy weensy tiny towns and their populations will make you say "wow" (and maybe even squint and say "that's all!?"). Check them out: