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. What a wonderful forest and beautiful pictures, truly Mystical! I have much the same visions when I think of the word – “Mystical”. As a tree lover I must have trees and forests, I grew up with them. Then there has to be water too – I have the greatest respect for deep waters…what’s down there…in the deep blue? But, this time I chose another water mystery…

    • ailsapm says:

      Those shots of the green mossy forest are wonderful, but wow, that last photo – you have truly mystified me, lagottocattleya, I have to know what it is and where it is! Great capture.

  2. I love the Hoh Rain Forest! (And it doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the only temperate rain forests on the whole planet.) What I remember most about it is that even the air looks green. Amazingly beautiful.

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  4. kz says:

    i’m very excited about this challenge! here’s my contribution
    lovely mystical photos btw ^^

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  6. Great photos, Ailsa, as always!!

    And thanks so very much for thinking of my photo, and sending your armies of readers my way 🙂 I really appreciate it! It means, of course, that I can’t use that, my most Mystical photo—and I don’t have too many Mystical photos—in response to your challenge 😉

    But here’s something, perhaps:

    • ailsapm says:

      Aha, I never thought of that, Vlad, and yet you rose to the challenge and pulled out some more stunning photos. I remember reading about that day you took those photos, they really are quite mystical – that second one in particular, with just the merest suggestion of a hidden city somewhere on the horizon. xxx Ailsa

  7. Madhu says:

    That moss covered tree is mesmerizing Ailsa! Amazing shot and setting!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Madhu, I could have spent hours just wandering through that mossy forest, but it was raining so hard I was worried my camera would give up the ghost. 🙂

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  9. mariadesuede says:

    I’ve got an old photo from Sweden, Järna, already published… Imaging a troll coming from the mountains…

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, trolls, how wonderful. 🙂 I love the forest at night too, Maria, and you’re right, the sense of calm is deceptive, with all those little animals scurrying around living their lives by the light of the moon. Lovely interpretation. xxx

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  11. Ania A. says:

    I love this theme. Great photos. Here is my entry:

  12. goonblade says:

    it really fits the Title.. I was Mystify by it.:) great shot

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  15. You’ve inspired me to write my own Mystical post, Ailsa, thanks so much! Still gazing at the first photo by the way 😉

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  17. hi Ailsa, i missed your challenge last week, but i am happy to note that i am back for this week’s theme. i hope this mystifies you:

  18. leamuse says:

    Stunning photos!

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  20. sheladyanne says:

    nice theme for this week. 🙂
    This is my entry for this week’s theme: mystical
    hope you like it!

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  22. Great topic! I posted several photos of Mystical New Zealand which always shows up in my photos, books, and my heart!

  23. kathrinaha says:

    Great pictures, everyone! Here’s my contribution:

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    • ailsapm says:

      Really cool, mostlymonochrome, the infra-red really makes for a fascinating photo. I love the dramatic dark branches of the third tree from the right.

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  27. adinparadise says:

    Love the theme, and your beautiful photos, Ailsa. Vlad’s pic was indeed awesome. 🙂

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  29. thirdeyemom says:

    Wonderful Ailsa! Hope you are a Van Morrison fan…couldn’t get this song out of my head so I had to include it to listen to while you read my post! Enjoy!

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, Nicole, I am a huge Van Morrison fan, love that you included that song in your post, it’s one of my favourites! Stunning photos of Iceland, each and every one, but that very first photo is breathtaking – you really captured the scale and grandeur of this most mystical country. I love it. Still listing to Van! 🙂

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Wonderful! I actually lucked out and got to hear him in Dublin at a small venue, perhaps 1000 people. It was UNBELIEVABLE!!! Thanks so much for your wonderful travel challenges! You’ve got quite the following now! Awesome work! 🙂

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  32. Tina Schell says:

    Loved this one! See my creative response combined with the Weekly Challenge: Green pingback’d at Travels and Trifles.

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  37. Barbara says:

    Thank you for this one! I have been waiting to post this photo somewhere for years!! 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurray, so glad this gave you the chance to post it, Barbara – I love it, the merest suggestion of a bridge hiding behind the spray, so lovely!

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  39. Myra GB says:

    Hi Ailsa, I love your theme this week. Evocative of magic and beauty and enchantment. I’m a little late tho’ to your Mystical party – here are my photographs from the enchanting Yosemite and Lake Tahoe:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Myra, I do so enjoy your posts – Yosemite looks incredible, I really have to visit it sometime soon – and I adore the first shot, I agree, it’s totally Tim Burton! I’ve never read ‘The Night Circus’ but your excerpt from it makes me want to rush out and buy it right now! I’m excited to read it.

  40. Lynne Ayers says:

    That first shot is stunning, and yes, mystical. Just beautiful, and peaceful – can smell the damp woods.

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