Google Maps Street View has provided a man in Portland, Ore., with what may be the last photograph of his deceased grandmother.
Dustin Moore told Reddit that he likes to spend his downtime taking in views of Oregon using Street View, a feature of Google Maps that shows panoramic views of locations around the world. Moore took a moment to see his grandmother’s house and was surprised to see his Grandma Alice sitting on the porch of her Portland home and reading the newspaper.
“What surprised me, was that google [sic] captured one of the last few pictures of my grandma, because she passed away less than a year after that picture was taken,” Moore wrote on Reddit. “I thought it was such an uplifting and awesome picture because it showed just how laid back and awesome she was.”
Google collects the images with a fleet of vehicles equipped with cameras that can capture 360-degree panoramic shots. Recently, it has added hiking trails, ski resorts and even exotic locations like the Galapagos Islands.
Eventually, another Google Street View car will drive by the house and replace it with an updated image, but Moore told the ABC News affiliate in Portland that it was comforting to know Grandma Alice lived on in the virtual world.
“I was like, ‘Well, grandma’s gone, but she still somehow lives on in Google and is watching over us,” Moore said.
A full panoramic shot of the woman can be found here.
Originally from Northern California, Ryan W. Neal came to New York to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia University. He joined IB Times April 2013, and is a writer...