by Lee, 09/30/2012, 12:00 PM

Last week’s contest was won by milwhcky. It was the town of Sierra Blanca, TX, where Fiona Apple was arrested by a “border” patrol for possession of hash.

This week’s contest is a random location somewhere on earth, good luck!

26 Responses to “Bird’s Eye View Contest”

1. Roger Rabbit spews:

The cars are driving on the wrong side of the street so it has to be in Europe. I can’t read the street lettering but it doesn’t look like English.

2. Deathfrogg spews:

Can I request a change in how this works? Like clicking on the picture takes one to a larger version of the picture, and not that stupid Bing Maps page, which I do not use.

3. spews:

4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, UK. Or at least, it makes me think of thereabouts.

4. spews:

But sheesh, if it’s in the British Isles, it’s the absolutely rare back gardens that are shared in common, with no separating walls.

Also: what’s the building on the right-hand edge? church? school?

5. spews:

@1: I’m pretty sure the foreign language on the road’s surface says “BUS STOP”. (Look partway down the page of UK road markings here)

6. Lee spews:

That’s not it, but I was thinking what you mention in #4 is a strong clue, because I hadn’t seen anything like that when I stumbled upon this…

7. Lee spews:

And by the way, before any of the trolls give you crap about it, people drive on the right in most of Europe, only on the left in the UK and Ireland.

8. Lee spews:

The building on the right is an identical building to the other ones in the view. Just a residence.

9. Michael spews:

Ha! It does indeed say bus stop, but I couldn’t figure it out either.

10. milwhcky spews:

76 out of 240 countries drive on the left. Many of them are island nations, but they can also be found in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and Australia.

I came across similar bus stop markings in Australia, but I’m convinced this one is somewhere in the UK. Roads with medians are not too common there, so that can be a starting point to find an area to scout from the satellite imagery.

11. spews:

When would you say the houses were built? Prewar? older? newer? Odd architecture, to have no back doors. Windowless sides facing neighboring house; except for the side door, these might as well have been built right up against each other.

It’s very strange for all of the British Isles I’ve viewed on bing: it’s nearly impossible to find places where the backyards (“back gardens”) are not separated by high masonry walls. Here, everyone’s turf is still their own, with sheds and vegetable patches tucked in corners of spaces that perhaps had walls once upon a time, but no longer.

12. spews:

finally found some semi-detached houses with a common back yard — there’s even a bus stop painted in the street … but alas, Ipswitch isn’t the place.

13. rhp6033 spews:

# 10: Nations that drive on the left generally have one thing in common: they were formally British colonies, or their road systems were developed primarily from British engineers or resources.

Japan is an example of the latter. It was never colonized by Britain, but British engineers and industrialists did more to develop Japan up until WWII.

14. Geoduck spews:

Back to the lack of fences. From the marks, it sorta looks like there used to be fences, but they’ve been removed. Maybe some church or organization bought all the houses en mass?

15. Darryl spews:

Those don’t look like houses…they look like apartments or 4-unit condos. That might explain the lack of fences in the yard.

16. spews:

Oh sheesh. Just noticed a few places where a closest-in bird’s eye view is significantly newer than a single step out. Buildings present that are totally absent in the step-out view, etc. So, maybe the walls in the back yard are present in the area view, but not in the close-in! That would be mean, Lee.

17. Lee spews:

If that’s true for this view, it was totally unintentional. I often don’t switch back and forth between the two zoom levels before cropping the photo.

18. Bert Chadick spews:

Wherever it is I’m seeing a lot old foundation and fence lines in the open yard, and that means centuries of repeated building and destruction. Scotland?

19. Michael spews:

It’s hard to tell but, that looks like pre-war multi-plex housing to me. The middle one has three large brick chimneys, which I don’t think you’d see much of post-war.

The garden sheds and driving on the left make it look like England to me.

20. evil is evil spews:

Damn, I feel like you guys have failed me.

21. spews:

Leeds / Bradford area has houses that look like these, and more open backyard areas than I’ve seen in other places.

22. Lee spews:


23. spews:

Another ALMOST but not quite …

25. Steve spews:

Well done!

26. Lee spews:

Wow! I’ll update next week’s post to give you credit.