Since 2014, Benjamin Grant searches for striking satellite pictures of our planet and publish them on his website – The Daily Overview. His aim is to change the way we see our planet Earth, and to show the effects of human intervention that can be found in nature – desserts, mining fields, islands and etc.
Grant was inspired by the Overview Effect experience, which is a cognitive shift of perspective and worldview experienced by the astronauts when they see the planet Earth from space for the first time. In that breathtaking moment, astronauts realize how small and fragile the human life is.
So scroll down the page and experience the Overview Effect yourself!
#1 The Blooming Tulip Fields In Lisse, Netherlands
Check out this Overview, which captures the blooming tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands. These vibrant flowers are at their peak in April of each year
#2 Willie Creek, Western Australia
Willie Creek is a protected tidal estuary roughly 10.5 miles (17 km) north of Broome, Western Australia. The creek’s calm, nutrient-rich waters make it an ideal habitat for the Pinctada maxima oyster, which produces world-renowned pearls
#3 Northumberlandia, Or “Lady Of The North”, Northern England
Northumberlandia, or “Lady of the North,” is a massive land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure near the town of Cramlington in northern England. Completed in 2012, the sculpture is made of 1.5 million metric tonnes of earth removed from the neighboring Shotton Surface Mine. It is 112 feet (34 m) high and 1,300 feet (400 m) long
#4 Everglades National Park, Florida
Everglades National Park in Florida is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States east of the Mississippi River, covering more than 1.5 million acres. The park was established in 1934 to protect the area’s fragile ecosystem and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the American crocodile and West Indian manatee
#5 Plaza Del Ejecutivo, Mexico City
Radiating streets surround the Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico. This district — which is home to more than 430,000 people — contains three of Mexico City’s large traditional markets, including La Merced, Mercado de Sonora, and Mercado Jamaica
#6 Cluster Of Tetrapods, Hong Kong
A cluster of tetrapods is seen near the High Island Reservoir in Hong Kong. These concrete structures are used to reinforce shoreline defenses and prevent coastal erosion by breaking up incoming waves. The specific shape of the tetrapod allows water to flow around rather than against the concrete and reduces displacement by interlocking
#7 Sahara Desert, Algeria
The climate in this region is torrid and almost rainless, with an average annual rainfall of less than 0.4 inches (10 mm). In the summer, daytime temperatures are known to consistently reach 122°F (50°C), earning this area its nickname — the “triangle of fire”
#8 Logan County, Colorado
Much of the county’s 1,845 square miles (4,780 sq. km) is used for farming, ranching or related activities, making it one of the most productive agricultural counties in the state. Shown in the bottom half of this image is the small town of Peetz, which has more wind turbines (300) than residents (238)
#9 Kawah Ijen, Indonesia
Kawah Ijen is a stratovolcano in the East Java Province of Indonesia. It has a 0.6-mile-wide (1 km) turquoise-colored acidic crater lake, which is the site of a major sulfur mining operation. At night, when sulfuric gases make contact with fresh air, electric blue flames can be seen rising from volcano up to 16 feet (5 m) high
#10 Rooftops In Sisteron, Southeastern France
Check out this amazing view above rooftops in Sisteron, a commune in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. This small community has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years and currently has roughly 7,300 residents. Apart from its beautiful countryside, tourist attractions in Sisteron include its citadel, the 12th century former Sisteron Cathedral, and the Musée Terre et Temps — museum about earth and the measurement of time