Giant Panoramas: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Clicking through Google Earth the other day I stumbled across the gallery layer of 360 Cities, a nifty site that hosts interactive, 360-degree panoramic photos of scenic locales all over the world. There were a handful of panoramas from my local area of Los Angeles, including this one of perhaps my favorite historic site in L.A.:

the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles

The photographer’s name rang a bell. Carel Struycken…
a name that Dutch isn’t something I see every day, but I couldn’t place it. I clicked through to his profile on 360 Cities, and was immediately ashamed that I hadn’t. He was the Giant on Twin Peaks!

Giant and Agent Cooper

For the non-Peakers out there, he also played Lurch (the butler) in the Addams Family movies. Oh, and apparently he was on several episodes of something called Star Trek: The Next Generation, whatever the hell that was.

Who knew? Turns out that Mr. Struycken is quite into panoramic photography.  He has made a whole bunch of cool panoramas of different spots in the L.A. region and elsewhere, which you can check out at his site:   Short people, if you’ve ever wanted to see how the world looks to someone who’s seven feet tall, now you can.

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3 Responses to Giant Panoramas: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

  1. Hi Derek,

    I have included my own panorama url. A photo blog will soon come online too.

    Carel Struycken

  2. Derek says:


    Wow – I was going to email you a link to this post today, but I see you’re way ahead of me. : ) I’m updating the post to include the your site’s URL there, too.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Richard says:

    Derek, I found your blog some time ago as I searched for blogs with a Cheek connection. I have enjoyed following you since then. When I was asked to pass on the Kreativ blogger award, you were among the first to come to mind. Congratulations.

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