Wow, that looks stunning - too bad the earth will long since have become an inhabitable, waterless desert by the time Andromeda knocks on the door. The strength of the sun is slowly rising, and in about one or two billion years (long before it actually becomes a red giant) the heat will have ripped out the oceans and destroyed any kind of biological life of the kind we know today. Well, by that time some other things may have changed too...
One very cool bit I came across through WP - or rather, wiki enabled me to find my way further after a chance encounter with a single photo - is the man who produced hundreds of early colour photographs of Russia, both European Russia and its central Asian provinces, a hundred years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prokudin-Gorski
I stumbled on his work looking for pictures from the Transsiberian railway. There was a good one of a steel bridge on rock-and-brick piers spanning a river, but what got me hooked was the date: 1914! Yes, there were colour pics that early on, even commercial ones. My grandparents had a big photo/postcards album that had come down in the family with hundreds of cards from mostly the U.S. and Scandinavia: they had been sent to and fro between my great-great-grandmother, who spent a couple years in the midwest before the first world war before she returned to Sweden, and some of her friends and relatives. Many of those cards had actual colour photos frontside and their quality struck me at once. At a glance they looked just like any colour pic taken fifty years later. They were achieved by taking three pictures in quick succession, with different colour filters, and then printing from them together - it's too slow to show people in movement with 100% success but it works great for images of buildings, parks, ceremonies and countryside. - Anyway, the pic of the railway bridge had a note about who had photographed it,.so I headed to Wikipedia and found their article about him; it explains his technique, too. His photographs are just amazing, and after they'd been forgotten they have been carefully restored in recent years. If like me you're interested in Russia and in the world before WW1, it's a treasure trove. There are several collections of his pics online, some listed in the WP article and these two could be singled out at once:http://www.photographium.com/prokudin-gorskii-collection
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/prok/
and also this blog post
gives a very enticing stash of his pictures. The one of the island monastery with all the gleaming cupolas just looks like something out of a fairy-story. I wonder if it's still there?
(edit seven hours later
: yes, apparently it's still standing and once again a monastery!)