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Where in the World was Sean?
 
 
    ALRIGHTY-O FOLKS, WHERE WAS I? TAKE A WILD GUESS from the clues below:

1) While on assignment for a magazine, I caught a flight from my California home arriving at a location (in another country from this location) - then I drove, took ferries and drove some more to this spot...actually had to take one more ferry to this particular island location.

2) This island (off of another island) is believed to have been inhabited by humans some 8000 years ago

3) This island has two words in it's name meaning

4) This location is also part of a park and sits in a harbor

5) Black tailed deer is the largest animal to live here- no hunting is allowed, but it used to be big for the fish for the original inhabitants.

6) Coal was discovered to be here in the 19th century, and the name of the island was derived from a famous mining town in England.

Name the exact spot where I was....no general location like "Earth dude", "What about the solar system O'Seanathon" or "Maybe you're somewhere in the Universe pal" although you'd be technically correct. Actually I'm out of the world so you might be wrong there.

No Googling, Wikipedia-ing, Internet surfing, or waging. The first one to guess wins a brand spankin' new expensive fantastic......sense of importance. What did you think I was going to give you, an iPhone?

:)

Have fun!

3/26/2008 8:28:17 PM

 
Eve Sweatman
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Ok..no googling etc...at first I was going to say somewhere near Alaska...but I think I'm going to have to say after reading the clues...closer to Ireland. Hope I'm right, I love feeling important!!! (or at least close!!) Good luck to all!

4/2/2008 4:36:20 AM

 
Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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Scotland comes to mind...geez, am I even close???

4/2/2008 6:32:31 AM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Being a person that has never left the USA, I really have no idea! But...I'm going to make a crazy guess and say the islands are in the Red Sea. How many thousand miles am I off?

4/2/2008 7:16:31 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Is it the Isle of Man? Gorgeous photo, by the way! :D

4/2/2008 9:08:05 AM

 

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Ah HA! The first guesses- great- I'll post the answer next Wednesday to give everyone a chance.

Eve- way to not google and keep it real. Nice guess- I had an assignment in Ireland in 2006 but it was changed at the last minute, so I've never been.

Carolyn, I have been to Scotland (drove once from London to Edinburgh and back)- hmmmm, nice guess also.

Jean, my last few "Where am I" were around the world, from the jungles of Borneo to Nevada's Great Basin National Park, but this time you are pretty far off. That's the best hint I'll give right now!

Colleen- the Isle of Man- I hear it's beautiful- always wanted to go, but couldn't convince my traveling friends to go with me when I was in Scotland.

Keep dem guesses comin!

Sean "The PhotoGuru"


4/2/2008 9:59:37 AM

 
Eve Sweatman
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Ha Ha well Sean I'm going to make one more stab at somewhere around Newfoundland. But I still haven't looked around the internet. I am not a world traveler (not even close) but maybe if I do travel...I'll go to Ireland and Newfoundland, homes of my ancestors!! Can't wait to find out where this is and I love the picture too!

4/2/2008 1:16:34 PM

 

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Another good guess but I can't divulge until next week! You may be correct, but I'll leave it to the BP members to add more....thanks!

(and thanks for the compliment)

4/2/2008 2:36:13 PM

 
Sheila D. Robertson
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Hmmmm....some island off of Kodiak Island maybe.

4/2/2008 8:58:11 PM

 

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Ahh, back to the Western Hemisphere.....nice guess Sheila. Only 7 days until the answer comes your way!

4/2/2008 10:28:04 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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OK Sean, I was going to say Alaska but that is USA so now I am pretty sure that this is Canada and will narrow that down to British Columbia. Came to this conclusion because of the Black-tail deer which remember from an old hunting magazine are found there and the north-west US states. Further, you mention that the island is derived from an English mining town so this suggests that it is somewhere that British miners emigrated to and is probably a former Brit colony. So can't narrow it down at this stage but, Canada, British Columbia is my first shot.

4/3/2008 5:27:02 AM

 

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You Brits with all your common sense, research, and intelligence. I just don't get it.

:)

Nice conclusion Peter - I would say you were on the mark, but it's only Thursday and my puns will have to wait another 6 days....

Nice to see you jump into the mix ol' friend.

4/3/2008 8:15:40 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Thanks Sean. I am drawing blanks by working on the names of well known coal mining towns in England, the very part this Brit should be good at!
However, I am still going with Canada and BC and working on one of your other clues. I think you might have caught the ferry from Vancouver city on the mainland over to Vancouver island and then took another ferry to one of the many islands, but which one I have no idea.
Peter

4/3/2008 6:55:37 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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I think we need another clue Sean! If nothing else, by making this response I hope it will move the image back to the top of the page so that someone else sees it and makes an inspired guess (or doesn't it work like that?
Pete

4/7/2008 7:15:12 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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OK Sean, I don't need amother clue after all. I have mentally gone through every major coal town in England and I have got it - the two words are "New" and "castle" so although I have no idea whether there is a place of that name near Vancouver Island I am going with it. Newcastle, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

And by the way Sean, I have just discovered (after I came up with the above) that by clicking on the thumbnail and then Properties it comes up with a whole bunch of digits followed by "can-bcvi" Couldn't possibly be
"canada-britishcolumbiavancouverisland" could it? lol
Pete

4/7/2008 7:58:18 PM

 

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As we roll past Monday, and the final answer coming Wednesday, I'll give ya another hint or two.

Peter is in the right area - way to go smarty pants. And your thoughts on my travels match almost perfectly.....again, you were some smart pants pal. Your coal town analysis is very good- I think Peter gets 'Master Guesser' honors at BetterPhoto.

But wait, is he right on? The answer in just a little over a day.

And then Peter finds part of my numbering system to bolster his guess- hmmmmmm, I might have to demote you to 'Expert Guesser'.

And by the way, this island is beautiful, small, and part of a larger system that is visited by millions every year.

4/7/2008 9:19:20 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Well young Sean, Wednesday has come and gone, so where's the answer? Couldn't be that you left your laptop on that pile of rocks and you've forgotten where it was?? eh?
Pete

4/10/2008 5:22:50 AM

 

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Thanks for the reminder Peter! Between my course critiques, writing a few new books, working on my tv show (trying to sell it and get representation) and working on a shoot for a commercial client (high-end jewelry), I completely forgot about where I was.

Nice segue huh?

Drum roll please....................

I was in Canada, in British Columbia, in Vancouver shooting a magazine article. Then I drove to Horseshoe Bay and caught the ferry (I love the ferry system there and in Puget Sound) over to Vancouver Island. We arrived in Nanaimo, a small city along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island.

New Castle Island sits just off of Nanaimo, and I caught a short ferry over to it to photograph the island for Sunset magazine (a 100-year old magazine covering the US West). New Castle Island small enough to walk around, forested in the middle with a rocky coastline. SImple, peaceful, and picturesque.

These were some balancing rocks left by visitors along Kanaka Bay.

Peter was dead solid perfect......that bum. :) Well done Peter, you went far and long to find that English mining town- I knew you'd love that hint- well done my friend.

But he was wrong about my laptop - I left it under my glass coffee table in my living room where I fell asleep on the couch. I did however have a few rocks in my head.

Thanks everyone for your guesses....May's installment is special and will tie into where I'll actually be (I'll be on the road on assignment May 1-5 at this location and will post a photo for you to guess where I am at that moment!).

Happy Spring to all.

4/10/2008 8:56:39 AM

 
Eve Sweatman
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Thanks Sean!!
That was fun!! I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself (not being a world traveler) for at least getting the right country...if not the right coast!!! It's been fun google earthing Newcastle Island and exploring it virtually!!! Thanks for the great trip!!
Can't wait to go traveling again!

4/10/2008 10:57:45 AM

 

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Thanks Eve- I'll post my May one around the 1st and there should be a link in one of the BetterPhoto newsletters.

We've been to Borneo, Nevada, Argentina, Grand Tetons, Chicago, Montana, Florida, and now Canada.

Wonder where I'll be next....

:)

4/10/2008 11:03:16 AM

 
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