Throw the Dart

On September 4, 2009 · 2 Comments

The previous topic was rather serious, so today I will take a more lighthearted approach. Several years ago there was a reoccurring story on one of the news stations where the reporter would take a dart and throw it at a map of the United States. Then he would travel to the spot and find a story.

I don’t have those kinds of resources but I can figuratively throw the dart at Google Maps in its Street View mode to pop onto a random spot, and then look around. I haven’t developed stories on any of these locations but I am enjoying them simply for their inherent beauty. Some of the locations are stark and empty, while others are busy and urban. Some are classically scenic while others need some time to appreciate. Open the images, take a look around and imagine what it might be like to stand in each of these places. I used to do something similar many years ago when I was a child with my books of maps. Now I can repeat this photographically.

In future postings I may borrow from that idea the news station developed to put my research skills to their ultimate test, and try to create stories from random spots. Today, however, let’s derive simple joy from the images alone.

What is the most interesting thing you can find?

  • Did you find the row of parked motorcycles?
  • And approaching car in the distance with its headlights on?
  • Where does it seem to be trash day?
  • Or a thunderstorm brewing on the horizon?
  • Did you see the pole with the zebra stipes?
  • How about the school crossing sign in a most inexplicable place?
  • There’s a recycling center, with a tractor?
  • Why is the bicyclist riding under the power line?
  • Are you sure it’s a road?
  • Is there an 18 Wheeler riding your tail?

Latham, Kansas, USA



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Salford, England, UK



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Duinkerkenbrug/Winschoterweg, Netherlands



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Gunbar, New South Wales, Australia



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Inagi City, Japan



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Gueishan Township, Korea Taiwan



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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand



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Chinook, Montana, USA



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Quart, Valle d’Aosta, Italy



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McCrae’s Brae, Northern Ireland, UK



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Humboldt, Iowa, USA



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On September 4, 2009 · 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Throw the Dart”

  1. Randolph Clark says:

    What are the coordinates for the Gueishan Township one. Are you sure it’s not Taiwan?

    • You are absolutely correct, Randolph. It’s Taiwan. I must have had a brain hiccup while I was typing yesterday evening. See kids, here’s a perfect example of why people shouldn’t be allowed to drink and type. Yeh, I wish I could blame it on the single beer I had while working on the post. Sadly, it was a failure of the stuff between my ears rather than the alcohol.

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