Google adapted its Street View Trekker, a colorful contraption for capturing 360-degree photos, to rest on a camel so it could capture new images from the beautifully sparse Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi.
Most images for Google Street View are collected with a car, but for the first time, the task was given to an animal – a 10-year-old camel named Raffia. A camel is certainly different, although of course there are few alternatives for navigating such hot and sandy terrain.
It’s a beautiful area and the new Street View images are made all the more captivating by the camel’s contrasting shadows. When your thirst for desert photography has been quenched, be sure to check out Ancient Egypt, the sunken USS Mohawk and the “polar bear capital of the world.”