Friday Mystery Place – vol 25

Holiday lighting at its best!

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place elicited a number of excellent guesses, as among the readers there were some who recognized that this location had to be in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland.  The exact location was pinpointed by Justbluedutch, who identified the specific lighthouse location to be on Eileen Musdile an islet southwest of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides.  I captured the image while on the ferry from Cragnure to Oban, while returning from the island of Mull.

This week is pretty much a shoe-in for everybody…

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Holiday Lighthouse

This lighthouse is oft photographed, but not too much in the middle of the night…  Where is this location?

As always, extra credit for any additional detail you can provide!  Best of luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 131 seconds at f/18 and 100 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – Vol 24

Light at the end of the isthmus

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was recognized with great accuracy by Justbluedutch, which should not be surprising given that the location is in the Netherlands.  Specifically, it is a view across the Maas river in the port city of Rotterdam.  We’re looking toward the Erasmus bridge and the Kop van Zuid (Head of South) with its high-rises.  And, yes, that is a water taxi coming in our direction.

I’m confident that this week’s mystery place will find an answer…

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Exotic Lighthouse

When I saw this lighthouse, I found it to be very exotic.  Where is this location?

As always, extra credit for any additional detail you can provide!  Best of luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/125 second at f/8 and 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 23

Water everywhere!

Happy Saturday morning!  Running a bit behind schedule this week, but I hope you don’t mind too much.

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was uncovered pretty quickly, as the site of the Lochbuie Stones on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.  A very mystical place, which gives one the idea that interdimensional travellers may have passed through it (I think someone wrote a series about this occurring in Scotland that is rather popular…).  The Isle of Mull was one of our early stops on our trip to Scotland and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys beautiful landscape.

I think that this week’s image is pretty straightforward too…

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Lots of water!

Where is this location?

As always, extra credit for any additional detail you can provide!  Best of luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/250 second at f/11 and 200 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 22

Mystical stones

Happy Saturday morning!  A day late, as I spent most of the past three days locked up in meetings at work (10+ hours per day makes the brain go to mush 🙂 ).  First of all, last week’s Friday Mystery Place was a rather tough one to identify.  The location is the hydropower generating facility in the Kennebec River in Skowhegan, Maine.  Catching it on a day with great cloud cover made for a rather interesting image

How about something rather mystical this week…

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Mysticism Abounds!

Where is this location and what can you tell me about it?

This one is also a bit difficult, but keen observers may have some thoughts about this challenge.  Best of luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/160 second at f/16 and 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 21

Water, clouds, but where?

Last week’s mystery place was guessed pretty easily, as several people recognized this as the lighthouse at Peggy’s Point in Nova Scotia.  My additional credit question was about one of the items that makes this octagonal lighthouse rather unusual.  rather than telling you, let me show you:

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Stern Warning

Yes, that is a rather stern warning, but it appears to make no difference, as numerous people have gone into the sea and quite often died on these rocks; the most recent fatality was a couple of months ago, when a Quebec woman slipped on the rocks.  Be warned, if you go out there!

Now something to reflect upon for this week…

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Water and Sky

Where is this location and what is its function?

This one is a tad harder, but I think there may be someone up for the challenge!  Good luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and an EF 17-40 f/4L lens.  It’s a series of exposures that are combined into a singled HDR image.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 20

A beacon of light

My expectation that last week’s mystery location was pretty straightforward was found to be incorrect.  The location is the monument for the Irish Brigade on the battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.  The hint about the dog could have helped, as the dog sleeping in front of the monument is an Irish Wolfhound.

The Irish Brigade was an infantry brigade, consisting predominantly of Irish Americans, that served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. The designation of the first regiment in the brigade, the 69th New York Infantry, or the “Fighting 69th”, continued in later wars. The Irish Brigade was known in part for its famous war cry, the “vaugh a ballaugh”, which is an anglicization of the Irish phrase, fág an bealach, meaning “clear the way”. According to Fox’s Regimental Losses, of all Union army brigades, only the 1st Vermont Brigade and Iron Brigade suffered more combat dead than the Irish Brigade during America’s Civil War.

Let’s see, if I correctly picked an easier image to identify this week…

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Standing Proud!

Where does this lighthouse stand and what makes it unusual?

Technical Details

This image dates from 2008 and was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk II and EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 19

The dog sleeps evermore

Last week’s mystery location was a tough nut to crack for folks, but after a bit of guidance and significant persistence one reader did identify it correctly as Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut.  Of course, America’s castles aren’t of the same vintage or purpose as those from across the rest of the world, but there are some rather interesting examples of architecture gone wild in these edifices.

Today’s mystery location should be a bit easier for folks, as it is a rather clear shot of a monument.

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The dog sleeps evermore.

Where does this monument stand and what is its significance?

Technical Details

This image dates from 2010 and was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  This image was taken as a series of 5 exposures, which were combined using Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.