Just in time for Halloween, let’s investigate what seems mysterious to the eye.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein
Nature is Mysterious
The natural world never ceases to amaze me with its mysteries. Some things are odd, others stunningly beautiful, while others are just plain mysterious if you use your imagination.
In September, Marsha Ingrao and I took a day trip from Portland to the Oregon Coast and Tillamook area. We stopped at the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. After visiting the lighthouse, we walked the path along the cliffs. We found some truly awe-inspiring sights with “mysterious” in our minds.
The octopus tree, also known as the monstrosity tree, is a big attraction to the area.
“The Octopus Tree, a Pacific Northwest spruce tree (also known as the Council Tree, the Monstrosity Tree, and the Candelabra Tree), is believed to be around 250 to 300 years old.” Atlas Obscura
Shown as the featured image, the sap oozing on the side of a tree looked mysteriously like the head of a bull and was about as big as one.
Last June these five juvenile ravens hung out in our neighborhood and acted relatively tame. Caught them with my cell phone. But it’s a mystery why a group of ravens is called “unkindness.”
I have already lamented about our slow start to Autumn this year. Of course, it is a mystery to me why many trees have not gotten into their fall glory by now. Not only that, but the Larch (aka Tamarack) is a conifer that mysteriously loses its needles in the Fall. These ones nearby are last year’s images because they STILL have not changed to yellow yet.
On the Trail
There is a mystery to walking along certain trails. I discovered this surprise “Kindness” rock on this urban trail near Portland, OR.
Walking through a fog-darkened trail on the Oregon coast reveals botanical mysteries–another Octopus tree on the left among windswept evergreens!
These rocks were part of a school science project this spring where the 5th-grade class created a replica of the solar system on the Centennial Trail in Nine Mile Falls.
Who can resist the mysteries of the moon?
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~ Neil Armstrong.
The mysteries of moonshine must be tasted to understand…
Things made with human hands can also be a mystery.
Sometimes, items captured by our lenses might cause us to scratch our heads. Brodie photobombed this pic last Halloween. The two-headed hummer was a double exposure with my camera. Mysterious? Lucky? Weird?
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Inspiring Photo Challenges This Week
Each week I am inspired by my fellow bloggers’ photo challenges. I find it fun to incorporate these into my Sunday Stills weekly themes.
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Cee’s Black & White Challenge
- Dawn’s Festival of Leaves
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
- Jo’s Monday Walk
- Lens-Artists: Flights of Fancy
- Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesday: Halloween
How To Participate in Sunday Stills Photo Challenge
Sunday Stills weekly photo challenge is easy to join. You have all week to share and link your post. Feel free to share posts about anything creative.
- Remember to title your blog post a little differently than mine.
- Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
- Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
- Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
- Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post.
- I also recommend adding your post’s URL to the comments.
This Week’s Featured Bloggers
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are this week’s links from bloggers who shared photos. I add these all week as new links are posted.
Thank you for almost 30 links last week to the “glass” theme, three of them new! It is always a mystery to know what might inspire bloggers to a particular theme!
- YOUR BLOG’s NAME GOES HERE
- Always Write
- Between the Lines
- Brashley Photography
- Bushboys World
- Bushboy’s World More Beautiful
- Calling All RushBabes
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Deb’s World
- Equipoise Life Image shared in comments
- Frost on the Moose Dung
- Geriatrix Fotogallerie
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News Images shared in comments
- Light Words
- Loving Life
- Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After
- Quaint Revival
- Stevie Turner
- Stories and More
- This is Another Story
- Travel With Me
- Woolly Muses
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Themes for November are ready to view on my Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Page. This page is updated monthly and I am open to YOUR theme ideas, too!
Join me next Sunday on the trail and have a wickedly mysterious week!
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