Contest #599 – Parc Samà, Cambrils, Spain

The Samà family were renowned politicians in the kingdom of 1800’s Spain. Savador Samà i Martì lived and helped govern Cuba, his son Savador Samà i Torrents followed in his political footsteps in the continental kingdom holdings — among other titles, he was Mayor of Barcelona.

In 1881, the younger Salvador Samà commissioned a vacation house to be built in the Catalan countryside near the town of Cambrils. He wanted the home surrounded by gardens that reminded him of his childhood in Cuba. He found Josep Fontserè to manage the project. Mr. Fonserè had a long history of association with the great architect Antoni Gaudí, and he convinced the master to provide him with his genius and vision.

Gaudí was deep into the design of Sagrada Familia but broke some time free and helped his friend with the design.

Those who found the park before the hint were:

  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield

and after the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Ashwini Agrawal

Contest #598: Dubai Miracle Gardens, United Arab Emirates

Where else do you find a plane covered in flowers?!

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square metres, making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. It’s not open from May to November because of the heat and when it is open uses about 750,000 litres of water a day. Not a small amount for a desert location.

One can find weird and wonderful stuff in the desert – and these folks did:

  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Horváth György
  • Walter_V_R
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Ashwini Agrawal (lucky enough to visit this location recently!)
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Andy McConnell
  • YUSUF YAKUB HOCA EFENDI
  • Lighthouse
  • gscrp
  • David Kozina

After the hint:

  • HILDE LAMBEIR

Contest #596: Bear Cove ferry terminal near Port Hardy, BC Canada

An easier one this week, based on the number of correct responses – the BC Ferries terminal at the north end of Vancouver Island / south end of the ferry route to Prince Rupert.

Once a day, a ferry leaves heading north through the Inside Channel to places like Bella Bella, Klemtu and eventually Prince Rupert.

Found the right ferry terminal:

  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • rob de wolff
  • Eloy Cano
  • Robin Giles
  • Horváth György
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • YUSUF YAKUB HOCA EFENDI

After the hint: none

Contest #595: the DHL ramp at Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, US

This week, we went north to Alaska and to be more specific, the DHL ramp at the Anchorage International Airport.

The pattern of the 6 planes spots was intriguing and the Flying Boxcar on the right side was left in as an additional aid to help find the location.

The hint referred to the fact that DHL is German-owned and therefore not restricted by US law from flying into North Korea.

Airport from the south:

Found the right airport:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Horvath György
  • Lighthouse
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

No additional entries after the hint.

Contest #593: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, northwest Madagascar

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a national park located in Melaky Region, northwest Madagascar.

The Tsingys are karstic plateaus in which groundwater has undercut the elevated uplands, and has gouged caverns and fissures into the limestone. Because of local conditions, the erosion is patterned vertically as well as horizontally. In several regions on western Madagascar, centering on this National Park and adjacent Nature Reserve, the superposition of vertical and horizontal erosion patterns has created dramatic “forests” of limestone needles.

The word tsingy is indigenous to the Malagasy language as a description of the karst badlands of Madagascar. The word can be translated into English as “where one cannot walk barefoot” or “walking on the tip of the feet” as in the hint.

Found the field of needles, without a haystack:

  • Horvath György
  • Lighthouse
  • David Kozina
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield

And after the hint:

  • rob de wolff

Contest #592: Peacebunny Island, Newport, Minnesota, USA

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When Caleb Smith was 10 years old, he was looking at Craigslist and found in excess of 350 bunnies for sale. Appalled about the cycle of impulse buying and abandonment of these creatures, he decided to do something about it.

4 years later, in 2018, he negotiated and purchased an island in the Mississippi River and created a sanctuary there.

“My vision for Peacebunny Island started several years ago when an endangered American Blue rabbit named Paxton Peacebunny decided to adopt me … I told Pax that I knew it would take a bunch of dreamers with a pure heart to create such a special place. And it took some work, but I found them.” (from one of the island’s website)

Caleb has another website, the one for the non-profit he founded, STEM Bunnies. In this he discusses the aims of the foundation, which include “Hands-on, Minds-on learning”.

Those who hung with the bunnies, all before the hint, were:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano

Contest #591: Bagre Dam, Burkina Faso

Built in 1992, the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso has had a history of spilling over. This affects downstream areas in Burkina Faso and northern Ghana.

Money has been set aside by the Ghanaian government to build other dams downstream to capture the near-annual spillage that floods agricultural land and houses, but no dams have been built yet.

No Ferris Wheels here, but a dam:

  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Horváth György
  • Martin de Bock
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

Contest #590 – Dubai Eye, Dubai, UAE

You might notice that the order seems wrong here… Seems life got in the way and we were slow in putting together the 590 reveal. Sorry about that. If you are looking for 591, look past here, or just click here

This was the construction site of what will soon be the new largest ferris wheel in the world. No pictures this time.

Those who found it were:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Robin
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Garfield
  • Gillian B
  • Chris Nason
  • Lighthouse
  • Andy McConnell
  • gscrp
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Sandworm

and after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Dr. John

So ends the Ferris Wheel series. There were a LOT of perfect scores this round. Hearty congratulations to the following hard working folks:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse

Contest #589: Tourist Wheel, Freemantle, Australia

Built in 2013, this Wheel offers “spectacular views of the harbor and city” of Freemantle.

Those who found it, all before the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • hhgygy
  • Andy McConnell
  • Garfield
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Chris Nason
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Hilde Lambeir

Contest #588 — Bailang River “Centerless” Ferris Wheel, China

So, what the heck is a “Centerless” Ferris Wheel you ask? The structure itself does not move, but the cars move on a track around the outside of the structure.

Those who found this first were:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • gscrp
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Chris Nason

And after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Jeather