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