Out of place landscapes

Out of place landscapes

Where is this fine castle, with subtropical vegetation? Southern Europe, perhaps?

Nope, this is the Culzean Castle in Scotland. At a latitude of 55 degrees North, it is as far away from the Equator as parts of Alaska (United States) or Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada). The weather in this part of Scotland is extremely mild for this latitude due to the effects of the Gulf Stream.

Conversely, where is this snowy mountain? In Antarctica, or Tierra del Fuego?

Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Nope, this is Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii (at 19 degrees North, fully belonging to the tropics). Due to the elevation of over 4200 meters, it frequently snows on Mauna Kea in winter months.

Here’s some more scenery which seems out of place – a park inSochi, Russia (on the Black Sea Coast):

Sochi, Russia

Amman, Jordan (snow is not uncommon in the winter):

Amman, Jordan

Huacachina, Peru (not an oasis in the Sahara):

Huacachina, Peru

Aruba (a tropical Caribbean island – it has its dry areas):


Salalah, Oman (the Arabian Peninsula is not a desolate desert):

Salalah, Oman

Lugano, Switzerland:

Lugano, Switzerland

Ski resort in Lesotho (Sub-Saharan Africa):

Ski resort in Lesotho

Another ski resort, Mount Hotham in Australia:

Mount Hotham, Australia - ski resort

Penguins (instead of not llamas) on the coast of Peru:

Penguins in Peru