Monday Mystery Photo – Last Week Norway

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, is located, or what it is. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog the following week when the answer will be revealed. Guest submissions are very welcome.

Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.

Where would you find the following structures?


Last week we were in Norway at the cruise port in Andalsnes, where the giant Troll  awaits tourists exploring the Romsdalfjord and heralds the nearby Trollstigen and Trollvegen.

Last week we were in Norway at the cruise ship port in Andalsnes, on the beautiful Romsdalfjord. It is here that the Giant Troll greets tourists who make their way to his nearby home in Trollvegen or climb the hairpin bends of  Trollstigen.

There were many correct guesses last week. Well done, guys. Here they are:

Tidious Ted

Hungry Dai At An Englishman’s Life in Lisbon

Joseph elon Lilli – put

Gerard from Oosterman Treats blog


and Millie, who changed her mind at the eleventh hour!!!

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I hope I have given you all Something to Ponder About again this week!


Monday Mystery Photo – Last week: Scotland

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, is located, or what it is. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog the following week when the answer will be revealed.

Guest submissions are very welcome.

Where might you find the following structures?


Last week’s MMP, (Monday Mystery Photo), location suggestions were China and Scotland. A different angle to the classic photo shot, meant that last week’s photo made it a little difficult to identify the iconic Firth of Forth Bridge, kindly submitted by Andy, (whose blog appears to currently be in recess). You will find this railway bridge crossing the Forth river, just outside Edinburgh, in Scotland, as Millie from Millie Thom, accurately pointed out. Well done, Millie!


The Forth Bridge

The Bridge itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most known symbols of Scotland.When it opened in 1890, it had the world’s longest steel spans at 541 metres.

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As winner of last week’s MMP, I have chosen one of Millie’s photos to post as this week’s Mystery photo. Now that’s a small hint to ponder about!!





Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: The Streets


Challenger’s choice over at Sally D’s Phoneography Blog this week and I have some recent Street /Night Photographic phone photos that I think worthy of posting.

I have chosen some night photography scene of the streets. Such a lovely warm pre – summer Monday night, perfect for a stroll after dinner.The streets were relatively but not spookily quiet. One can always window shop and spot the early Xmas decorations, before the silly season and extended shopping hours starts.


I edited the photo with Picsart  and quite liked the effect of the bathroom window filter, as it adds an almost forbidden, voyeuristic atmosphere, as if one is peering out to a world one normally can’t or shouldn’t access.

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The streets in November are dotted with lilac carpets, from the flowering Jacaranda trees. Such incredible beauty and blaze of colour, I could not resist, and so am posting another photos where I have used post-processed effects, and this time with Snapseed. Playing around with shadows, I found the blackened trunk seemed much more defined with this adjustment and a little added sharpening.

I love the surreal nature of the following photograph and the contrast of the lilac flowers against the purple sky. Nature has such harmony in colour.

2015-11-27 08.26.39Do you think it could benefit from cropping to improve composition?


Join in with Sally’s weekly phoneography challenge here where you will not only excellent photography and tips but this profound quote:

Joyously or not the photograph becomes the source of reality, but it can also become a dreamlike force for interpretation. So if photography is memory, then the image is the moment–a moment of sanctuary in a lifetime of them.


Something to ponder about


Monday Mystery Photo – Last Week Balestrand

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome. Simply drop me an email or leave a comment indicating you would like to submit a photograph.

mmp sept29Where in the World am I today?

Last week I was in Balestrand, at St Olaf’s Church, which I had previously thought was built by the German Kaiser during his many sojourns there. However, in checking the facts, which I’ve quoted below, it seems it had a far different origin. The church has a fabulous vista over one of the world’s most picturesque fjords, photos of which I will post at a future time. Again it was Gerard who guessed correctly and also, Tina from Everyday Life in Vienna recognized the location as being, Norway. Well done!

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This church built in a stave church style was completed in 1897. It belongs to the Church of England and is under the spiritual administration of the Bishop of Gibraltar who is in charge of all Anglican churches on the European mainland. The church was erected in memory of Margaret Sophie Green Kvikne – a vicar’s daughter from Yorkshire, England – who came to Norway as a mountaineering pioneer. She married Knut Kvikne. It was said that she never felt at ease with the Lutheran rituals in Norwegian churches. She died in 1894, but at her death bed, Knut promised her to build an Anglican church. The church building was completed in three years.


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Monday Mystery Photo – Something to Ponder About

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice Brisbane Night on the Street



Mobile photography has really taken off into the stratosphere. Amateur photographers now rely on the phone camera to take all their photos, and  “fix” the more obvious photographic mistakes, making  a more professional -looking end product. The phone is portable and lightweight and always readily accessible.  Sadly, my expensive DSLR sits forlorn on the shelves – a victim of lack of portability and versatility, relegated such as it is, to occasional outings to scenic destinations. A bit like an old relative one visits every few months, more out of duty than desire. I do wonder where/how this will evolve in a decade or so.


The image was taken with Galaxy S4 note – framed, tuned and sharpened in Picasa (desktop). I was in two minds whether the image should be warmed slightly, but decided I like the colder grey tones of the bridge and pavement.

What do you think?

If you’d like to join in with Sally D’s Mobile Challenge, please click here for details.

The schedule changes each week and is as follows:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

Other entries worth checking out:

Something to Ponder About