Travel theme: Mystical

This week’s theme is inspired by a beautiful photograph Vlad posted over at Wind Against Current. Click the link to see his photo, and when you pick your jaw up off the floor, come on back over here and join in this week’s challenge.

Mystical is an evocative term with many nuances. I chose this word because it can be interpreted in so many ways. It can mean spiritually symbolic, otherworldly, ethereal or mysterious. I also love how this word sounds when you speak it aloud, and I can’t help but associate it with mists that conceal the everyday, cloaking the mundane in a veil of mystery. The verb ‘to mystify’; to make mysterious or obscure, is derived from the words mystic and mystery. Ooh, the possibilities are endless.

Last weekend I visited Washington State’s Olympic Penninsula and got a few photos that capture the essence of what mystical and otherworldly mean to me. I hope you like them.

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Foggy day in the Hall of Mosses

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In the depths of the Hoh rain forest

Freezing fog Lake Crescent olympic penninsula washington national park usa us america

Freezing fog over Lake Crescent

So what does the word mystical conjure up for you? If you’d like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone is welcome to join in), here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel Theme: Mystical
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes

Mystify me.




About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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346 Responses to Travel theme: Mystical

  1. Lovely theme, as usual! This will be fun…. 😉

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  3. masadiso79 says:

    Gorgeous photographs! Not only mystical but magical, too! Here’s my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, that was mystifyingly quick, Doris 🙂 Lovely interpretation. Where was the church? xxx

      • masadiso79 says:

        Thank you! The church is in my father’s village in the Southern Peloponnese, in Mani and it’s called Agios (Saint) Nikon (like the camera 🙂 ). We go there almost every year! The kids love it!

  4. Jenn says:

    beautiful photography 🙂 love the mystery of trees and forests .. especially rain forests 🙂 .. one can simply just ‘be’ 🙂

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  6. Gunta says:

    You pretty much nailed what mystical means to me (though Vlad’s shot was pretty stunning, too.)

  7. Beautiful photos, absolutely! And here is my “mystical water element” for the challenge:

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Esenga, great interpretations from all around the world, that glacier is wonderful! Great idea to tie it all together with an elemental water theme, I love it!

  8. That really is a mystical forest, Ailsa – I keep coming back to look at that tree, and I think the fairy forest (what I always called moss, as a child) has enchanted everything there, including the freezing fog! Beautiful captures all, but the tree, that’s emanating magic 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      That’s my favourite too, you can almost hear the tinkle of fairy laughter spilling out from the moss-covered roots. To quote J.M. Barrie, “I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!”

  9. Wow, I could stare at that first photo for a long, long time. The real deal would be even better.

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  12. trishworth says:

    Ailsa, I love the way you find the perfect oblong section of a theme photo for each week’s header. It’s better than a catchy headline.
    Your photos are indeed mystical. In these forests I’d be irrationally tempted to look for fairies. Hope you like my mysterious subject, too.

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  16. Suzanne says:

    What lovely images and what a lovely theme. Here’s my response.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ahh, Suzanne, I love the mountains in Ireland, definitely mystical! I’m very happy to hear your laptop pulled through, mine was a bit temperamental this week and it was not a good feeling!

  17. Suzanne says:

    What lovely mystical photos and what a lovely challenge. Here’s my response.

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  19. Ally Bean says:

    Wow. Your photos are stunning. Very mystical. And I agree that this word is wonderful to say.

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  21. Fast Pam says:

    awesome! I have a great photo to add! Will post when I get home tonight. Love that you do this!

  22. ideflex says:

    Something about the rainforest makes me feel like a kid – whenever we are lucky enough to get to one, we hold our breath waiting for a glimpse of deer… lovely photos!

    • ailsapm says:

      Omigosh, ideflex, I couldn’t believe it – I was hiking up on Hurricane Ridge with a friend, and an entire herd of black-tailed deer burst out of the snow-covered pines right in front of us. A stag and a bevvy of doe and fawn. It was spectacular!

  23. Miguel says:

    Here lies a path to an otherworldly journey…

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  25. viveka says:

    Love your shots … I was expecting trolls and fairies coming out of my screen. My pick is the middle one – that is true mystical.

  26. ocelot81 says:

    Awesome pictures 🙂

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  28. I think purple must be in everything mystical!

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  30. ideflex says:

    This challenge afforded lots of choice! See how Shakespeare transports us yet – please have a look at

  31. Great images, amiga…they make me want to step into the scene and experience it in person! you’re right about Vlad’s photo.. It’s very special.

    Here’s my take on mystical before I dash away for the day.
    Enjoy and thanks for a great challenge!

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  33. colormusing says:

    I grew up in Seattle, and have seen all these places– definitely mystical. Lovely photos!

  34. lylekrahn says:

    That word is one of my favourites and your photos lead me right there!

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  36. fgassette says:

    Great theme. Love the trees in the woods. Here is my entry.


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  38. Allan G. Smorra says:

    This is a great subject this week. Here is my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, I really enjoyed your post, Allan. I always think of it as the Magic Hour, but I love your nod to Maxwell Parrish. I had no idea ‘Daybreak’ was that popular.

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  40. Beautiful pictures of the peninsula and the Hoh Rainforest. It is a magical place and you captured that quality. My entry is a mystical garden path with a touch of enchantment in a photo collage of green:

    • ailsapm says:

      I can’t wait to go back again, c & c, something about it spoke to my soul, it’s so varied and filled with such natural beauty. I love your entry this week, my favourite is the closeup of the grass along the wooden fence. 🙂

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  42. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody
    Here my entries for this week

    • ailsapm says:

      Fabulous, Max. First of all, what an amazing adventure climbing that volcano in Ecuador, those full photos are stunning, I want to pack my bag and go right now. And as for your first photo, what a happy accident! It looks for all the world like someone peeping through half-opened eyes, I can almost see eyelashes at the top of the field of vision. It’s a lovely shot. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      That is an incredible collection of photos, Patricia, thanks for sharing them. That tornado/rainbow shot is straight out of the Wizard of Oz. Insane!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, that is an incredible story, Le Drake Noir, I cannot believe that went on until the 1980s. Thanks for sharing this very strange and somewhat unnerving piece of Danish history! xxx Ailsa

  45. Definitely some mystical pics in this post: a majestic weeping tree, a church, a glowing grave yard…

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely series of shots, Broken Light, and I really love the artist’s narrative about her relationship with the colour green. Very moving. xxx

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