Where is this location?

Strange and mysterious

It’s been quite a while, since I have challenged you with a mystery location.  The last mystery location in November baffled most people, as it was a while back in Hamilton, Bermuda.

I will narrow today’s location down a bit, by letting you know that it was during my recent travels that I came upon this location.

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What is this place?

I had to reach around a bit with my iPhone to even get this shot, so the light was definitely not the best.  What can you tell me about this location and what happened here?

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 53

Life’s mysteries abound!

Welcome to the 53rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Together we have crossed a milestone in completing our first year’s worth of Tuesday Photo Challenges!  A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have contributed, read, commented and kept this series going across the first 52 weeks!  Let’s see what the 2nd year brings us!

With a theme like Mystery, I intentionally left the door wide open for your creative horses to gallop through and blaze new trails!  You found mystery and wonder in the world around us, the sky above and even the symbols that we summon to represent us.  You have once again managed to surprise and amaze me!  Thank you!!

Thinking of the theme Mystery, this was one image that also came to my mind…

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Resisting Escape

This image is from my series of surreal images, each of which has a touch of mystery within it.  In this image, we might wonder what is drawing the woman into the sky, or what lies behind this sky?  Why would she resist escape from this dismal bathroom?

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Xenia posted first this week with a great haiku and photos in her blog Whippetwisdom.
  • Rheka’s post in wHakAahUa is filled with the mystery of flowers, which is enhanced by technique and beauty.
  • Charles’ image in charlesewaugh is truly mysterious in that, while recognizable as metal, it is not easy to figure out what it really is.
  • Ladyleemanilla combines the mysterious in both some of the unusual items that she captured and the beautiful text that accompanies it.
  • The only deadhead in the hameau provides a stunning, mysterious image in theonlyD800inthehameau; go check it out…
  • iBallRTW brings us to the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India, for some very unusual animal tracks.  Can you tell what animal made these tracks?
  • Candace juxtaposes the old and new in her post in Netdancer’s Musings; a mysterious blend results.
  • Leola’s brings us a mystery in Spiritually and Emotionally Connected with a photo that asks the viewer to identify what might be happening.
  • Ron brings us a touch of mystery in his post in Progressing into Solitude, and adds a touch of Elmo to it!
  • Amy brings us the mystery of horses in her blog The World is a Book…; what might these horses be hiding?
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is a bit mysterious, as Jupiter was crying…
  • George, who writes the blog The Alchemist of the Woods may not have enjoyed flying (for all the right reasons), but did bring some mountain mystery with photos and poetry!
  • Miriam went all out in her post in the Showers of Blessing, as she peeled back some of the layers of mystery of our favorite planet!
  • Leaking Ink has a cat with a nose for mysteries, who solves them without any encouragement of humans!
  • Steve celebrates Earth Day with us in a Bum without a Beach and brings along some Muscovy ducks for good measure!
  • Judith shares a mysterious look from her cat in Nature Knows Best with a little touch of Macavity!
  • Debbie brings us another Forgiving Fridays post in ForgivingConnects, examining the mystery of love with a little encouragement of Meister Eckhart!
  • Khürt brings us the mystery of looking into a house in his blog, Island in the Net, as we wonder what might be going on in this house…
  • Miriam shares mystery and wonder in her post in Out an’ About, as she brings us the moon, the flowers of the earth, the road ahead and many other images!

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  You have truly made this first anniversary very special!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery

Mysteries of the universe!

Welcome to Week 53 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Exactly 364 days ago, I kicked off a new series on my blog without any idea where it might lead with this post: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Around the House.  While the post got a reasonable number of views and likes, it didn’t achieve what it set out to do, as there were no responses to that week’s challenge.  Undeterred, I followed it up with a second post the following week, which received a single pingback.

Things have grown tremendously since then due to the unflagging support from all of you!  Your responses to each week’s challenge are the lifeblood of this challenge and I’m excited to take it into its second year of existence!

Of course, the question on your minds is what this week’s theme might be…  Particularly, as I set this post’s title to Mystery.

The first anniversary challenge theme is Mystery!  Your mission, should you accept it, is to provide something in your photography or poetry or other medium of expression that relates a bit of mystery.  This could be in what you don’t share with the viewer or reader, so that you leave a part of the story up to their imagination, or it could be the central theme.

As always, you have free rein with your interpretation and direction of creative outlet, and I fully encourage you to explore to the boundaries of the mysteries of the universe!

Here’s a warm-up act to your main interpretative opus…

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Mystery of the Daffodils

This image goes back 7 years to the Spring of 2010; as I drove along one of the normal detours to the office, I noticed the light playing on this cluster of daffodils.  Naturally, I had to stop and capture them, while leaving a little mystery, as to what lay beyond them.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 36

Lovely weather!

I knew that last week’s Friday Mystery Place would be recognized, as it was used in the movie Men In Black, as the location where the bug tried to leave Earth using one of the spaceships.  And justbluedutch figured this out without any problem, as the location of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing, New York.

So, I decided to make today’s image recognition test a little harder, as it is another of my father-in-law’s vacation slides from the early 1960s.

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Nice weather!

It certainly is beautiful weather in this image, which I think the location is known for.  What building is this and where is it location?

Hope you have fun with this one and have a great day!

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 35

Flying Saucers?

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was pretty straightforward, as there was a clue in the image, which Petra is Gone (go check her excellent blog!) was astute enough to pick up on: the sign in the background tells you this is the Mendelianum, the museum on the location to the St. Thomas Abbey, where Gregor Mendel did his work on plant and bee hybridization.  Mendel is recognized as the father of genetics through his research and publications.

Today’s offering is an interesting one, as I picked it from one of the wonderful slides that are in my possession.

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Flying Saucers?

This is a rather futuristic scene from the past.  Where is this and what is it?

Hope you have fun with this one and have a great day!

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 34

What blossomed here?

After last week’s stop at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia, which was correctly identified by Amy of the very cool blog Tesserology, I figured that I’d throw another easy one at you…

Today’s photo provides a view to a rather imposting church behind the courtyard of a building that played an important role in the formative years of a very modern science.  I’m sure that one of you will identify this correctly and can tell us something of its history!

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Science was done here…

One of the interesting things about traveling is that we discover things about the world that we may not have realized or have forgotten where they happened.  The latter was the case for me here.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/60 second, f/8 at 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 33

A quiet place for seagulls

I thought it be fun to pick this series up again, particularly as there were 32 previous posts.  To kick things off again, I’m starting with a location that is pretty straightforward, as it is a popular tourist stop.

This photo is from about 9 years ago during a vacation, where I was lucky enough to get here nice and early to do some photography before most tourists arrived (this is a very popular spot for tourists).

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Where are all these seagulls?

As I was photographing around this nice little town, a very nice Japanese photographer followed me around shooting from the same locations that I used; when I got to this view, he caught up with me, as I took a number of different shots.  He asked me very nicely, if it was okay, if he photographed from this location as well, which I told him was no problem, as every photographer’s view through the lens is unique.  One of these years, I’d love to see his images that he captured, as he studied my technique quite a bit 🙂

Technical Details

This image was captured with my Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/160 second at f/10 and 400 ISO.