Monday Mystery Photo – Last time Baku

Every second Monday, I post a new photo of a ‘mystery’ location, and sometimes a mystery object.  I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in the follow-up post, when the answer is revealed. Comments will be released on alternate Mondays (Australian E.S.T.), so as not to spoil the fun for late-comers to this post.

Do you know the location of Anna’s Mystery Photo, shown below?

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Previous Monday Mystery Photograph – Baku, Azerbaijan

The mystery photo, last time, came from Anna Powaska. It looked uncannily like London to many, but it was in fact Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Fun fact about Azerbaijan, which has been likened to Dubai for its highly distinctive architecture. Kutabi – a type of savoury filled pancake are practically Azerbaijan’s national dish. They’re stuffed with pumpkin, veggies, meat or just a sprinkling of herbs, then flipped and toasted on a griddle.

Those who were guessed the location correctly were:

Leggy Peggy

Drake

Restless Jo

Well done! And good luck for this week.

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Thank you Anna for sharing your photograph.

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Walking Around in Whitby

Named after British explorer, James Cook, this place is as far from its namesake town locality as it could possibly be, so what is there to see in Whitby?

Join me for a walk and see….

 

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A suburban street in Whitby

 

You may have read about my previous visits to New Zealand, but it is Whitby, a suburban area, located north of the capital, Wellington, that featured on our walk today.

There is strong evidence of middle income suburban New Zealand, here, but Whitby also offers some unique but lesser known features, which I was to discover on a family walk among its well manicured streets.

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Coniferous trees relish a cool, temperate climate, quite different to the sub-tropical flora my kin might see at home.

Seeing them along dotted along the littoral fringe and stream that bisects this town, our minds filled with thoughts of hobbits and elves and ‘Middle Earth.’

Well, we were after all, in New Zealand!

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The path, to the right, next to the tunnel of trees, along the littoral fringe.

 

 

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The flowers alone are worth walking miles for….

 

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Plants like the Protea, above, and this spectacular hydrangea bush, that I struggle to grow back home, relish the cooler, more wet humid climate and seem to grow like weeds!

 

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What is that definition of a weed?

Just a plant in the wrong place!

 

But it is not all trees and flowers we spotted on our walk.

 

The Kiwis are not at all overly formal in their manner, their sense of humour being evident in this unusual garden statue.

 

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Who wants a regular garden gnome, anyway?

 

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Besides being named after the British birthplace of explorer, Captain James Cook, the attraction about Whitby for me, was found in the unique, natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Visible from practically any street in this locality, it is easy to be mesmerized by the distant mountains which remind me of convolutions of a green Giant’s velvet brain.

Our walk encompasses a stop at a flat-topped Spinnaker Summit Lookout, at which the mandatory photo stop was required.

 

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The mountains of green velour on the far side of the lake look as if a giant laid down a carpet and then slept on it, failing to smooth the grassy covers when he arose from his slumber.

One feels like you could rub your hand over them just to feel their soft, velour texture.

I have never seen hills like this anywhere else in the world.

It is said that New Zealand has some similarities to Norway, well, maybe not in this area…..

 

A backdrop of mountains and hills like the convolutions of a green velvet brain

 

A walk around a suburban area often gives one a feel for the personalities who live there.

The diversity of boutique letter box designs was a delightful recurring theme in Whitby.

 

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I would like one of these letter boxes!

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Walking further from the lake and Summit lookout, we spotted several Tui birds relishing the blossoms, hunting, as they were for some food.

This species of honey-eater is not under any threat, having adapted well to the urban environment in the North Island.

Wiki states that apparently the early European colonists called it the Parson Bird but, as with many New Zealand birds, the Maori name ‘Tui’ is now the common name.

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After a good hour of strolling the suburban streets, Miss H and the young ‘uns were getting that glazed look in their eyes that said,” I’m soo bored” – you know the one that teens do so well, thus, a extension to our walk was quickly made to Adrenalin Forest, Porirua, on the outer edges of Whitby!!! Now it was the kid’s turn to dictate the direction of the “walk,” as the “Adrenaline forest” is an aerial obstacle course consisting of flying fox, high ropes, climbing through barrels, nets and steps, suspended above the ground, which makes for a fun and energetic few hours. The kids are harnessed with two dual locks, so it is impossible to remove both clamps from the harness at the one time, making it a perfectly safe activity, even for the most reckless individual. Furthermore, the attendants give full instructions and a good dose of practice on ground level before starting the course.

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I venture to say it is a kids only activity, as I didn’t see any adults participating in the course.

Why?

The parents/carers were all down on terra firma, shouting encouraging thoughts above, who were hanging by the harness up to 60 feet above them in the tree tops.

The course becomes incrementally more difficult, and Miss 11 who was part of our group, piked out at Level 3, and had to be ‘rescued’ – which meant that an attendant had to climb a ladder and disengage you from the course.

Miss 13 and 16 kept going till Level 4, but were exhausted afterwards. A real endurance activity for some.

 

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The Adrenalin forest is loads of fun if you are ever in Wellington, or Whitby surrounds.

Kids have exercise, fun, learn new skills, conquer their fears and the bonus is they are sun safe (in the shade) and cannot check mobile devices whilst they are up there!! I noted there was limited seating, (and nowhere to purchase refreshments) for adults who are watching, and the constant looking upwards was a posture most adults are not used to.

Like me, I suspect most of them could use a neck brace of sorts afterwards.

Something the young 19 year old me would not have to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery photo – Last time Thailand

 

Do you know the location of Anna’s Mystery Photo, shown above?

 

 

Every second Monday, I post a new photo of a ‘mystery’ location, and sometimes a mystery object.  I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in the follow-up post, when the answer is revealed. Comments will be released on alternate Mondays (Australian E.S.T.), so as not to spoil the fun for late-comers to this post.

The mystery photo, this time, comes from Anna Powaska and I wish to thank Anna for taking the time to submit a guest photograph.

 

 

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Philip from CambodianBeginning,was kind enough to submit the previous Monday Mystery Photo. As third time winner Lorelle and, Manja from manjameximovie3.wordpress.com/ suggested, the location was Thailand.

Philip added that it was, “Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s one of Chiang Mai’s most revered temples and it’s within the city walls. Looks obviously Thai, but then the young ladies are Muslim rather than Buddhist, so that confuses some…”

Did it confuse you? If so, better luck this week, perhaps?

Previous Monday Mystery Photo – Thailand

 

 

Monday Mystery Photo – Something photographic to Ponder About

Monday Mystery Photo – Last time North Yorkshire

Every second Monday, I post a photo of a ‘mystery’ location, and sometimes a mystery object.  I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in the follow-up post, when the answer is revealed. Comments will be released on alternate Mondays (Australian E.S.T.), so as not to spoil the fun for late-comers to this post.

The mystery photo, this time, comes from CambodianBeginning, and I wish to thank Philip for taking the time to submit a guest photograph.

 

Do you know the location of Philip’s Mystery Photo, shown below?

 

N.B. If you have a travel photo you would like featured on Monday Mystery, please leave a comment  below, or contact me by email, [find this at my Gravatar and Profile info].

 

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Many thanks go to Restless Jo, who submitted this Monday Mystery Photo, depicting a location,in Cod Beck Reservoir, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, which was correctly guessed by Lorelle! Two in a row, Lorelle!! Well done.

You can find Lorelle and her wonderful travel and food blog here at A Mindful Traveller

 

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last time Western Australia

Every second Monday, I post a photo of a ‘mystery’ location, and sometimes a mystery object.  I invite you to leave a comment if you think you know the location, or what the mystery object might be. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog in the follow-up post, when the answer is revealed. Comments will be released on alternate Mondays (Australian E.S.T.), so as not to spoil the fun for late-comers to this post.

N.B. If you have a travel photo you would like featured on Monday Mystery, please leave a comment  below, or contact me by email, [find this at my Gravatar and Profile info].

The mystery photo, this time, comes from Restless Jo, more widely known for her weekly post linking Monday Walks from around the world.

Do you know the location of Jo’s Mystery Photo, shown below?

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My dear friend, Allison’s mystery photo depicted The Pinnacles, an unusual desert with rock formation north of Perth, in Western Australia.

Some thought they were termite mounds but these ancient limestone pillars, called The Pinnacles, are several metres tall. They’re scattered across the desert in Western Australia, North of Perth, in their thousands, creating an eerie, alien-like landscape. Some are as high as three and half metres, and some finish in a jagged point, while others have rounded domes, resembling tombstones. Made up of shells, the Pinnacles date back millions of years to an epoch when the sand was beneath the sea. Read more about this location here.

Correct answers for MMP, came from the following bloggers:

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Chris from lifeofrileyow.com/

and Lorelle and Christine who correctly guessed Australia

Well done! That wasn’t an easy location!

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