Remember those “What in the world!?” aerial photos of farm irrigation patterns or rainbow colored oil spills in your 8th grade geography text book? Somehow, almost anything looks beautiful with enough distance and a different perspective.

Such views are now at anyone’s fingertips with the magic of Google Maps. Zoom in, zoom out, pretend you’re a bird or a god or a radio wave. Take a tour of the great wall of China, check out the pyramids, Eiffel Tower, etc. and you’re still at home for lunch. It’s all too easy.

While it’s easy to take such things for granted these days, it’s also easy to remember how amazing it is when you spend a little time just looking around rather than finding directions. We started poking around the Pikes Peak Region on Google Maps recently and found that it was quite a different place from space.

As such, we took this series of screen captures of somewhat recognizable places and landmarks in some of the KRCC listening area and thought we’d see if you can identify them.

As an added bonus, we thought we’d offer a pair of tickets to see Laura Veirs on March 6 at Venue 515 to the person who can identify the most locations.

HINTS:

1. Some images will probably be identifiable without too much effort, others were included because we thought they looked “neat” and may require some Google ogling.
2. When in doubt, be as specific as possible.
3. Not everything is a landmark, but may just be a part of a place, town or a natural formation.
4. These images are from much, though not all, of the KRCC listening area).

We’ll contact the winner next Monday and identify all the locations for you then.

While we welcome your comments and thoughts on the images in the comments section whether you want to play or not, PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANY OF YOUR ANSWERS OR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN THE COMMENTS! INSTEAD, YOU CAN EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS (NUMBERED 1-36) AND CONTACT INFORMATION TO US AT: thebigsomething@krcc.org.

Thanks!

 

8 Responses to Name These SoCo Landmarks from Above

  1. Denise Schall says:

    Is it the Star Gazers theatre?

  2. Dane LaVoie says:

    It’s the New Life Church building.

  3. Pat says:

    It’s easy to see it’s New Life Church.

  4. Noel Black says:

    Hey Everyone. Yes, we’ll give this first one–it’s New Life Church. But please note that there are 36 images in the slide show and please don’t post any more answers in the comments for those who want to send in their answers for the Laura Veirs tickets. Thanks!

  5. tOkKa says:

    –>> Ha wow !! You almost want to take your finger to the screen and trace your way from the start of the maze to “FINISH” so you can lead the mouse to the cheese like in an activity book on some of those maps !! !!

  6. Lynne says:

    Noel – This is a fun idea – I can’t believe you get paid for this job. What a lucky guy you are!

  7. Wild! Love it. I hope you post the answers, too, Noel.

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