Melissa HanhamName That Vista

Back by popular demand: a geo quiz! This is a teaser for a how-to I will write next week.

Q1: Where is the photographer standing?

Q2: What is the address of the nearest building shown in the picture?


Put your answers in the comments below, and NO PEEKING!


  1. Totoro (History)

    Ridge Vineyards, Montebello Rd, Cupertino, CA. Been there many times. House in the distance is 17050 Montebello Road.

  2. RAJ47 (History)

    37°18’0.54″N 122° 6’55.33″W

    • melissa (History)

      RAJ — based on your Tweets I bet you know the super easy way to find the location. How did you get your (CORRECT) answer without having visited the spot before?

  3. J_kies (History)

    The vista includes my place of birth and the Trident missile factory is off to the left hidden by the tree near the bay. Behind the view is the San Andres fault line; its a nice spot that might have been featured in a ‘View to a Kill’ (cue the Bond theme music).

    • melissa (History)

      Very cool– just to the left out of range of the photo! I knew Lockheed was there, but I never really thought about the building.

  4. Asad Khan (History)

    Photographer is standing on some hill flat plain and looking towards North Eastern in direction. The place might be somewhere in Europe, I guess.

  5. pcplane (History)

    CERN in Europe

  6. J_kies (History)

    For those that enjoy botanical clues; along with the Grape vines to the right some lovely golden poppies are in the foreground.

    • melissa (History)

      This is a very good hint, and generally the kind of thing I would rely on. In this case, there is an even easier way to figure out the location.

  7. Dave Seltzer (History)
    • melissa (History)


      Next week’s post will be about using metadata!

    • J_kies (History)

      Cute but the overlay that attempts to paint the camera FOV on the satellite image on the bottom has the camera orientation 180 degrees out.

    • melissa (History)

      Yup — and it’s not exactly where I was standing. It’s definitely something you want to fine tune in Google Earth.