Eric Standridge is a freelance writer with an interest in history. His main focus is writing about Oklahoma.
There are many unique and stunningly beautiful places across Oklahoma. Residents and tourists alike are drawn to these areas to snap photographs and gaze in awe at the sights. Still, some of these amazing sights can't be seen from the ground and require a more lofty approach.
It would be nice if everyone had a hot-air balloon to rise above the countryside to view these splendors, but that simply isn't possible.
Then, along came Google. With Google's Satellite views of Oklahoma, we can now explore the state in a way that was never before possible. The images below represent some of the more unique Satellite views of Oklahoma that Google has to offer.
Can you guess where these are?
The Admiral Twin Drive-in Theater in Tulsa
One of the more famous landmarks of Tulsa, this Satellite views of the Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater in Tulsa shows how unique the theater is. It's almost unrecognizable from the air, and instead resembles that of a giant butterfly etched in the earth.
The U.S.S. Batfish in Muskogee, Oklahoma
During WWII, the U.S.S. Batfish plowed through the waters in the Pacific. Known as the Submarine Killer, the Batfish was crucial to victory overseas. Today, it no longer dives beneath the surface in search of enemy submarines, but instead, it remains landlocked in a dry dock of earth.
The Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma
This playful blue whale is not a typical sight in a land miles away from the ocean, but here it is,snuggling up against the banks of a small pond with barely enough room to submerge; this is most certainly a fish out of water! For decades, this large concrete blue whale sculpture has been an icon of Oklahoma. Thousands have come to see this amazing spectacle, but how many can claim that they've seen it this way?
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Little Sahara State Park
Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink! When most people think of deserts, they think first of the massive Sahara desert in northern Africa, but rarely do they think of Oklahoma. This Satellite view of the Little Sahara in Oklahoma shows only a small portion of the roaming sand dunes and flat plains of Oklahoma's desert.
Praying Hands, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Known as the largest monuments to religious devotion in the world, the massive praying hands at Oral Roberts is truly a spectacle in human achievement. At 60 feet high and weighing 30 tons, this is the largest bronze sculpture in the world. First cast in 1980 in Juarez, Mexico, these large hands were originally known as "The Healing Hands". Since then, they have been one of the most often photographed landmarks in Oklahoma.
Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The BOK Center is a new addition to Oklahoma, and, as this satellite view shows, it is also an amazing architectural wonder. Ground was broken on August 31, 2005 but this massive arena wouldn't hold it's opening ceremonies until August 30, 2008. Today, it stands as another Oklahoma icon, easily recognizable throughout the country.
The Center of the Universe, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hundreds flock to Tulsa each year just to see this strange acoustical anomaly. It is said that if you stand on one side of the circle and another friend stands on the other side and have a conversation, anyone standing outside of that circle can't hear it. Many attribute this strange behavior to things beyond human perception, however, the truth is rooted in science and can be easily explained. Still, the effects of the Center of the Universe can be baffling!
Chisholm Trail Park, Yukon
In one of the most unique satellite view of Oklahoma, the Chisholm Trail Park can only be fully appreciated from the air. Like the Nazca Lines in Peru, the shape of this massive boot is hard to make out on the ground. The massive longhorn can be seen, however, the full picture only emerges from satellite views, or aerial photographs.
© 2012 Eric Standridge