Isn’t this an interesting Google pic?  Reminded me of snow and red rock.  I love the southwest of the US with its wonderful red rock, always stimulates me when I’m around it.  And to see red rock hills and mountains with snow is such a treat.

However, this Google pic was designed for a different reason.  “In 1890, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli drew this map of Mars… on his 174th birthday, we are excited to include his work with many other new features for Mars in Google Earth.

We salute Schiaparelli’s pioneering spirit, his drive to explore, and his desire to understand the universe. His observations impacted the way humans viewed Mars for nearly a century and started a revolution in Astronomy.”  Pioneering, exploration, understanding, thinking, stimulating…. well maybe there is a connection!