Part­ing Shot

So where did OBIE OBERHOLZER cap­ture this im­age? Read his off­beat clues and you might just pin­point the spot. But maybe not

South African Country Life - - Parting Shot -

All of you thou­sands of COUN­TRY LIF­ERS must have seen other mag­a­zines that place pic­tures of some ex­otic des­ti­na­tion with the ques­tion, “Where are you?” I’m not sure that COUN­TRY LIFE has ever done that kind of thing.

My vis­ual ten­ta­cles are al­ways in search of the weird and the strange. In the process, my per­son­al­ity is weeded with the cor­ru­ga­tions of my hap­haz­ard and care­free wan­der­ings. I of­ten cling, mo­men­tar­ily, to the off­beat and the ridicu­lous. My equi­lib­rium is of­ten com­pro­mised by the lure of ab­sur­di­ties. So here we go. Where are you? I will make

¿ the prize at the end of a cir­cu­lar rain­bow that never ap­pears on the ¿ st of April.

I am stand­ing at about the same lat­i­tude as the mouth of the Or­ange River. The vin­tage ve­hi­cle in the im­age is a 1941 Ford Mer­cury, which of­ten seated eight chil­dren. It was once light blue. The name of the nearby vil­lage, founded in 1892, can be de­rived from the sur­name of a man with ‘red’ in his name and who owned a farm with the name ‘Green Spring’.

This was the same year as the Bat­tle of Mengo in Uganda in which Catholic and Angli­can mis­sion­ar­ies fought each other over who would con­vert the ‘na­tives’ of Uganda.

I moved the bib­li­cal-look­ing ce­ment hands and iron chairs into the frame to dis­ori­en­tate you. Look­ing to my left, out of the view­point of my cam­era, I could see a long man-made fea­ture with a num­ber that re­minded me of the long-ago fra­grance of a woman’s neck. If you were to stand there now you would see a taller po­plar tree, cared for so lov­ingly by El­iz­a­beth. When I stood on the chair, I could see a ceme­tery in the dis­tance. On that day the sky was open wide, blue as blue could be, and in the dis­tance the moun­tains rolled up high. I sug­gest that you for­get about the an­swer

¿ ex­act co-or­di­nates then quickly send your an­swer to the Ed­i­tor (coun­trylife@cax­ton.co.za).

As I am not re­ally a man of my word

I will then tor­ture my­self to send the win­ner

¿ you wish, can en­large and put next to your prize- À

Lo­eries­fontein. Or, al­ter­na­tively, put up in your spare bath­room, just above the toi­let and the spring-À

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