One of the main clues, connecting Image 3 with Verse 11, and then leading searchers to Roanoke Island--- is that the shape of Roanoke Island is seen next to the window in the image, and then the lines in the verse say 'ride the man of oz to a land near the window'.
You have to cross the Washington Baum Bridge to get to Roanoke Island from route 12 (Frank Baum wrote the Wizard of Oz)
Personally I feel the verse starts at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, heads to Roanoke Island, and then returns to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. For those who like Roanoke Island as the final stop, how do you rectify that the last few lines of the verse are carved into the Wright Brothers National Memorial? Logic and many visual clues in the book dictate that the casque is at the WBNM. Dustin and Deidre White feel it's at WBNM as well, so they've obviously come to some of the same conclusions.
Steve Norris figured out that the dimples on the image represented 852, which is the distance the 4th (and furthest) Wright Brothers flight traveled. I then found that the number 59 is on the belt, this is the number of seconds the 4th flight lasted. I also found that the number 98 is located on the red “plumage”, which happens to be the weight of the Wright Brothers glider in pounds. I also came to the conclusion that the "Stylus Devil" was painted into Image 3 (minus the horns and tail), as it didn't match any known statues or artwork for the Outer Banks area. This realization was what convinced me that there is a 3rd element to the puzzles, a "fair folk" match (maybe 2-3 in some cases) to go along with image and verse. If you look at the wings, tail and legs in the "Stylus Devil" image you will see they spell out "W.W.O.W." aka Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright. The name Stylus Devil is a clever nod to Kill Devil Hills, site of the WBNM. Also notice the 1:00 in the image? If you look at all 4 flight markers at WBNM you will notice that the 4th one is off to the right (east) in the 1:00 position relative to the others, that's no coincidence. That's just the tip of the iceberg...there is a lot more evidence for WBNM.
I do have a final dig spot for this casque, my biggest worry is that the National Park Service is very unlikely to allow anyone to dig. It sounds as if the Expedition Unknown folks weren't allowed to dig in this area (not sure if its because they didn't have a final dig spot)? As I told George (Burnside), if someone is able to get the necessary permissions to dig for this casque then I'd be willing to divulge more. As it is I don't want someone committing a felony to retrieve the casque. I wonder if we could at least convince NPS to GPR the site and perhaps dig when the casque showed up as an anomaly? I understand some of the NPS sites on Roanoke Island were trashed by diggers during the government shutdown, you would think it would be in their best interest to retrieve the casque and prevent further digging?
I don't think that it is at the Wright Brothers Memorial or at the Elizabethan Gardens. Remember, it cannot be in a place where you are not allowed to dig. I've been looking very intently at the image and I could swear that in the right arm of the armor, there are letters that may spell Roanoke. Also, the author was very concerned with immigrants to certain areas. Freedman's Colony was on Roanoke Island. It was part of the underground railroad. The one in the image is to denote the month of the gem. Just throwing stuff out.
The spoon with the round object likely represents an Egg and Spoon Race, which is a game of British origin. They hold them in the Roanoke Island/Outer Banks area, the Elizabethan Gardens and Kill Devil Hills are among the places they are held.
choice, thanks for the image post. been having some fun with this one. added a bit of blur. now what do you see? also the arch blocks to the right. blur creates edges and differentiation in shading is emphasized. scenes or landmarks?
i have seen so many WashDC photos and drawings in the book and none i can associate with Roanoke Island. any help there?
Also, something led me to the tall wrought gates at the Elizabethan Gardens. Those gates are from the French Embassy in Washington DC. Property gates could the last thing touched and the first thing seen standing? also a dock or landing.
still working on other areas of the image. is there a 'connect the dots' puzzle in the upper area of the image? same for wave spray in NYC image 12?