The View From Your Window Contest: Winner #1

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A reader writes:

I’ve been doing this for as long as I remember, and I’m pretty good.  But did you have to start with such a difficult and ugly picture? There are few clues in this one. I’d say it’s a view from a drug rehab halfway house in Texas or Oklahoma. Pretty cool that the inhabitant reads your blog.

We know our base. Another writes:

Canada, Newfoundland, St. John’s. Why? Assuming this photo was recently taken.  Buildings, windows, fence and trees look North American.  Flora seems to be more Atlantic side than Pacific.  Deciduous trees in background don’t have leaves.  Looks like there had been a lot of snow.  Has to be pretty far north.

Another:

The foliage looks sparse and bare, which leads me to believe that it was taken in the Southern Hemisphere – I’m guessing Victoria, Australia. That, or some drought-affected part of Central California!

Another:

The Faroe Islands. Reason: probably a high latitude judging by sky and shadow. Ivy on tree suggest north western Europe to me. No leaves on trees means far north.

Another:

Saskatchewan, Canada is my vote.  My first thought was the U.S. or Australia, but then I realized that it could be Canada as well; it’s a country with *room*.  The still-bare branches with short grass just sprouting up argue for a north-temperate zone location which favors Canada.  Of course, it could be Alaska or Russia but I’m sticking with Canada.  Europe is out.

Another:

Bratislava, Slovakia?

Another:

American window latch, American fencing and roofing. But not many leaves on those trees: either a drought or somewhere still very cold. Big prairie clouds. Pollarded tree, but a big one. I know that only from the US South. (Pollarded trees in France are smaller, garden size, not some huge pin oak or red or silver maple.) Texas? Argentina? Manitoba? But also a place with a Dish reader! Let’s say Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Another:

I’m guessing West Virginia.  The trees seem east coast US-y to me, and the locking system on the window looks comfortingly familiar.  Specifically West Viriginia, I’m sad to say, because the photo gives a sense of an area hard on its luck.

Another:

Spokane, Washington?  Pretty sure this is the States. This could be anywhere from Idaho to Nebraska to Maine I reckon. I figured I’d guess my home town since it was the first contest, and that is exactly where it reminded me of.

And then the paydirt:

Looks like my grandma’s backyard. Houses that look like sheds, signs of year-round drought, and Georgia O’Keeffe clouds gotta be Albuquerque, NM … no?

Close – Farmington, New Mexico, 4 pm. Española was the closest answer, submitted first by a reader with the initials P.L. – congrats!  And thanks to the hundreds of readers who participated. Shall we do this weekly?

The View From Your Window Game, Ctd

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A reader writes:

I do this ALL THE TIME.  I avert my eyes after clicking on the link in the RSS reader because the caption always shows before the pic. When in my peripheral vision I can see that the image is loaded, then I look and try to guess. I too am getting pretty good. Maybe hit it in the general region 70% of the time, though I have been known to confuse Shanghai with NYC.

Okay. So the first contest is the above window view. You have till noon tomorrow to guess it. Country first, then extra points for city and/or state. If we have a tie, the time will count. Obviously, the sender – and his or her family/friends – cannot enter. So be a sport and don’t. Another writes:

FWIW, I got Alaska from yesterday. The telephone pole looked like the standard American issue. From there, the ice was a giveaway. It’s been neat to realize how much visual information our brains register without our knowing it — looking at an anonymous photograph for clues and cues draws them into consciousness. There’s no mistaking a Chinese apartment block, for example, nor an American backyard.

Another:

I’m glad to know I’m not the only dweeb out there doing this.

Another:

I do it all the time.  Sometimes I’m stunningly close; often I’m literally half a world away. Incidentally, my all-time personal favorite came a few months ago when I sent a View From Your Window link to my daughter, since I knew it was taken at her college.  It turned out to be a View of Her Window, across the small courtyard of her dormitory.  How fun is that?

Another:

This is about the coolest idea you’ve had in some time, especially for those of us who would love a copy of the book but are sending two young’uns to daycare and therefore are too frugal to pony up. I’d recommend “closest to the pin” — i.e., give country, state, and town.  If you post a pic from Raleigh, NC, and nobody submits Raleigh, the winner should be the person who guesses Durham as opposed to, say, Charlotte.

So have at it. By noon tomorrow. Put “VFYW Contest” in the content line of the email.