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…

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…

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:

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…

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…

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.

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.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 18

A mystery castle

After last week’s visit to Scotland’s border abbeys, which was recognized correctly by ZeroCreativity0 as Melrose Abbey, we’re looking for the location of a castle this week.

This castle is seen from across the river on a cloudless day about 9 years ago, when I took this shot.

A Castle in the Trees

This location has its own unusual history and might not be exactly what you expect!  Where is it?


Friday Mystery Place – vol 17

Open air location

Last week’s location was the Markthal in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which is a stunning piece of architecture and high on my list of remommended places to go to when visiting Rotterdam.

Today, we go to a much older location, which I think will be identified by at least some of my readers.

Open Air Beauty

This location is rife with mystical energy and a stunning piece of old architecture.  Where are we?


Technical Details

This shot was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/60 second at f/11 and 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 16

Cheesy location

Last week’s entry was on the easy side, as the location was mentioned pretty quickly, which may have had something to do with the fact that it was the closing scene in the recent Star Wars movie (episode VII?), where Luke Skywalker was given back his light sabre.

Let’s see how this week challenges everyone…

Cheese Anyone?

Where are we?  This one shouldn’t be too difficult…

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/50 second at f/10 and 1600 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 15

Not of this planet?

After last week’s rather tricky post for this category, which long-time readers of my blog, could have recognized as being photographed outside the Botanical Garden of the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands, something a little easier upon my return from quick travels.

Otherworldly Mystery

As a hint, if needed, this location was used recently in a big budget film; the latter gave me the idea to use this image, as I saw it during my flight from Rome to Boston.

Have fun!

Friday Mystery Place – vol 14

Where’s the bird?

As I’m travelling at the time of this publication, I’m taking a bit of an unfair shortcut…  There will be some travel photos, but for right now, I’m sharing a photo from one of my travels last year.  If you can correctly identify where I captured this image, more kudos to you.

Bird of Paradise

I will give you a hint in that the answer can be found in one of my earlier posts…

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/85 second at f/5.6 at 100 ISO.