Friday Mystery Place – vol. 30

The lion sleeps tonight

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was a challenge to those who are not familiar with some of the rather interesting Nature preserves on the Atlantic coast of the United States.  The Chincoteague Ponies are feral ponies, who live on Assateague Island, which is owned by the Federal government, but straddles the states of Maryland and Virginia.

Clearly, iballrtw, husband and wife writing team of the fantastic ‘iball round the world‘ blog, know about these ponies, as they were quick to identify this pony correctly!  I’d have to check my exact itinerary to see, if this pony is from the Maryland or Virginia herd.  Go check them out when you get a chance, as the area is photogenic and full of surprises!

Something completely different this week…

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A Brave Lion

Your challenge is to determine where this rock carving is situated.  This image is from slides that I have been scanning from my father-in-law’s and his father’s collection, so it’s pretty old.

Technical Details

The slide, from which this scan came, was processed in August of 1960; it was shot on Kodak Ektachrome slide file.  Despite its age, the typical Ektachrome pinkish cast (due to cyan dye fading over time) is rather minimal.

Friday Mystery Place – vol. 29

Ponies are roaming!

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place took me by surprise in that nobody recognized the castle in the background.  Of course, this image was a wee bit tricky, as the true subject was the beautiful Robin in the foreground, so that the castle was blurry in the background.

When Judith, whose blog Judith Reid Natural Health is worthy of your reading time (go read it!), narrow it down to Scotland, I thought that at least one of my readers might have visited it the lovely Isle of Mull, in which case they would have recognized Duart Castle, home of the Clan MacLean.  During our visit to the castle, we even met Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean, 28th Chief of Clan MacLean, as he was working on the property.

Let’s try again this week and see, if I’m right that lots of folks will know the answer to this one!

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All those paparazzi!

Where in the United States do these ponies roam free and get harassed by annoying photographers?

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 1/250 seconds at f/4 and 640 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – Vol 28

Find the birdie!

Last week’s Friday Mystery Place was indeed a very tricky one, although, if you look closely, there were some hints built into the image.  As justbluedutch figured out correctly, it is the statue of Queen Wilhelmina, who ruled the Netherlands from 1890-1948.  Her inauguration was in 1898, as she was only 10 when she ascended to the throne.  One of Queen Wilhelmina’s main contributions to Dutch society is her steadfast leadership throughout World War II; ruling from the relative safety of London, her broadcasts inspired the Dutch to persevere in the face of horrible oppression and tragedy.

Something a little lighter, and I don’t think overly difficult for this week…

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Where does this Robin perch?

Where’s this robin?  And yes, it’s on a rental car 🙂

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 seconds at f/6.3 and 200 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 27

A large statue…

I thought that last week’s Friday Mystery Place would be pretty tricky to figure out, so I was pleasantly surprised when Petraisgone figured it out with relative ease!  You should go check out her blog, in which she describes her travels (a lot of them in the Netherlands and surrounding countries) and includes lots of photography to really make you feel like you’re there.

Her correct answer is that this is the Doelenpoort (aka St. Joris Poort) in Leiden in the Netherlands.  It is the entrance to the Doelen, which were the practice field for the town militia.  This gate was erected in 1645.

Now for this week’s mystery location…

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Where do we find this statue?

This rather imposing statue stands in a park, which is located in…

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 1/125 seconds at f/8 and 320 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 26

A gate, but where?

Sorry for being a day late…  Or course, last week’s Friday Mystery Place was one of the easier ones and there was a correct answer pretty quickly from James McEwan of Fiction Illuminates Truth, who knew that it was Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick and shared some background information on this oft-photographed location.

This week should prove a smidge more difficult…

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Where do these canons stand?

I think that guessing the country is pretty straightforward; the city may be more difficult…

I’m curious to find who can identify this gate without resorting to a Google image search 🙂

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 1/125 seconds at f/10 and 400 ISO.

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.