Of beached submarines, forts and mist

The mist hung thick over the trees –

A perfect day for a walk!

Misty track

The woods were full of mischievous sprites.

Sprites

A pylon loomed suddenly out of the mist

Like an iron giant.

Pylon

Walking up the hill to The Fort,

We spent a moment by a trench dug in 1914

Wishing for peace in the world.

Trench

Finally, our destination appeared out of the fog -

Looking like a beached submarine –

An old bunker from the First World War that was never used.

It was built almost a hundred years ago by Swedes

Waiting for an enemy that never came.

How like us humans to focus on building walls

When so often the enemy is within.

beached sub

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81 responses

  1. The mischievous sprites are precious!! Love that pic. Your last two sentences hold so much truth.

    November 25, 2013 at 15:27

  2. Bob

    Beauty. And we know that it’s maker is in nature, even the bunker has become a natural, great photos Fi.

    November 25, 2013 at 15:36

  3. A beautiful forest to walk through, enjoy, and learn a bit of history.

    November 25, 2013 at 15:41

  4. Wonderful post! I love the mischievous sprites!

    November 25, 2013 at 15:49

  5. Forest So Green

    What a fascinating place.

    November 25, 2013 at 15:52

  6. What a nice place to go walking. You capture the scenes just perfect.

    November 25, 2013 at 16:36

  7. Jim

    Enchanting and wonderfully wise.

    November 25, 2013 at 16:42

  8. I love to walk on foggy days!! Terrific pics as always — you do indeed capture the beauty! And the old bunker is such an interesting sight. And such sad and true words.

    “How like us humans to focus on building walls

    When so often the enemy is within.”

    Have a great week!!

    November 25, 2013 at 16:54

  9. Your photo reminds us that nature changes everything man builds over time. The beautiful misty trail sets the mood! Beautiful.

    November 25, 2013 at 17:06

  10. a poignant reminder of how fragile peace is…

    November 25, 2013 at 17:34

  11. Love your woods sprites! My wish is that the whole world can someday be free from the need to prepare for war.

    November 25, 2013 at 18:00

  12. Oscar has perfect coloring for this time of year! I almost missed him in the first photo! I adore your wood sprites! What a darling photo! All of this is just so charming and makes me a bit chilled!

    November 25, 2013 at 18:10

  13. Love the first photo of the misty forest…it looks so peaceful.

    November 25, 2013 at 18:16

  14. indrani

    Lovely captures.

    November 25, 2013 at 18:21

  15. Beautiful misty day…very thought provoking….

    November 25, 2013 at 18:34

  16. Wish I had some cutie pies to walk with in that mystical forest. Lovely countryside, madame.

    November 25, 2013 at 18:45

  17. Sometimes the mist can cause such really wonderful patterns and effects.

    November 25, 2013 at 19:01

  18. I find it amazing what is still out there for anyone to find. . and I love the fog in the trees. So nice

    November 25, 2013 at 19:49

  19. Wow- like taking a giant step back in time- & you had two cute little sprites to spend the day with! I love that first shot- just gorgeous!

    November 25, 2013 at 20:06

  20. thesmittenimage

    Wonderful collection here. And how true and profound your thoughts about the bunker.

    November 25, 2013 at 21:23

  21. Stunning photos. The mist makes everything look so ethereal!

    November 25, 2013 at 21:27

  22. What a nice place to go walking!

    November 25, 2013 at 21:40

  23. peek-a-boo!

    November 25, 2013 at 21:42

  24. That has got to be the coolest place to visit!

    November 25, 2013 at 21:45

  25. Beauty and truth in the same post. Thank you.

    November 25, 2013 at 21:58

  26. The first two photos look very mystical and pretty! What a fantastic play to be!

    November 25, 2013 at 22:01

  27. Magical … a delight to our eyes.

    November 25, 2013 at 23:11

  28. What a nice walk! I love the shot of the kids playing behind the tree, very cute! Beautiful photos ! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

    November 25, 2013 at 23:25

  29. Hi! Nice captures for walking day. Oh,I have no word about the beached submarines. Thanks for sharing.

    November 25, 2013 at 23:43

  30. Beautiful forest! And we who did not suffer a war are so lucky… so far…

    November 26, 2013 at 01:03

  31. Love those mischievous sprites!
    You are so right about the walls. :)

    November 26, 2013 at 01:05

  32. Anonymous

    The last one made me think of a Hobbit home!!!!

    November 26, 2013 at 01:34

  33. I envy you the fog, but not the memories of war.

    Jen

    November 26, 2013 at 03:23

  34. that bunker is really amazing…pretty cool day for a walk…you wood spirits are cute peeking out there…smiles.

    November 26, 2013 at 04:18

  35. I wish I could go!

    November 26, 2013 at 04:41

  36. i wish to be there and enjoy the scenary

    November 26, 2013 at 05:55

  37. Beautiful misty photos. The woods are very beautiful and the old bunker is fascinating.

    November 26, 2013 at 06:07

  38. Loved it!!
    Last paragraph so true!!

    November 26, 2013 at 07:49

  39. Wow, this was such a beautiful read, your words are as striking as your pictures.

    My Yatra Diary…

    November 26, 2013 at 07:50

  40. Wonderful nature photos!

    November 26, 2013 at 08:34

  41. Wonderful photos. The reminders of our past are supposed to prevent history from repeating itself. I’m not convinced.

    November 26, 2013 at 09:09

  42. These photos are wonderful, I love this beautiful forest to walk!

    November 26, 2013 at 09:23

  43. What delightfully mischievous sprites!

    November 26, 2013 at 11:23

  44. Beautiful thought & wonderful nature pics!

    November 26, 2013 at 11:26

  45. Great set of pictures (and words).

    How lucky of you to catch that wolf on the path ahead!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    November 26, 2013 at 12:37

  46. Wow..these are wonderful shots, and beautiful!

    November 26, 2013 at 12:38

  47. LOVE! How true to note, that we are our own worst enemy. Peace to you & your beautiful, mischievous sprites!!

    November 26, 2013 at 12:54

  48. Thank you the beautiful and peaceful walk. The photos are so inspiring.
    Have a great week!

    November 26, 2013 at 14:08

  49. Great sequence!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River.

    November 26, 2013 at 14:22

  50. Building walls when the enemy is within.
    Beautifully said.

    November 26, 2013 at 14:28

  51. Beautiful. My two favorites combined: Pictures of intriguing places and provoking words to accompany them. Well done!

    November 26, 2013 at 14:37

  52. I really like your photo of the mischievous sprites.

    November 26, 2013 at 14:41

  53. in 100 years from now, what will our families discover about us?

    November 26, 2013 at 15:37

  54. Jeanie

    Beautiful pictures and very thoughtful words.

    November 26, 2013 at 15:42

  55. I have nothing to say that almost all your commenters have already said so well! Though I love Jim’s description best: “enchanting and wonderfully wise.” Wonderful post, and I enjoyed both Oscar leading the way through the woods and the mischievous woodland sprites!

    November 26, 2013 at 15:51

  56. Al

    It looks like a fairytale land! (Except for the pylon, which made me laugh.)

    November 26, 2013 at 16:12

  57. Fog makes a wood to a scary place ! It’s just a miracle that you didn’t see a witch or ghost jumping out behind a tree !

    November 26, 2013 at 16:45

  58. This post brought back happy memories of my village in Himalayas. Beautiful shots.

    November 26, 2013 at 16:56

  59. I love the forest shots and enjoyed following you and the “sprites” on your walk. The trench and bunker were both fascinating, as were your thoughts.

    November 26, 2013 at 17:50

  60. beautiful forest photos and series, wonderful light and mood, the first two are gorgeous

    November 26, 2013 at 20:01

  61. I can almost hear the laughter by the sprites. Lovely photos:)

    November 26, 2013 at 21:11

  62. Pat

    Awesome find, that bunker. Love the mischievous sprites – so cute!

    November 26, 2013 at 21:57

  63. I have not seen this before but there are similar things in Oxelösund. Beautiul forest and kids. :)

    November 26, 2013 at 22:55

  64. Fabulous. I loved!! Xx

    November 27, 2013 at 00:23

  65. ❀ ❀ Wonderful photos !
    Greetings :o) ❀ ❀

    November 27, 2013 at 02:17

  66. You do such a great job capturing the fog without it being all grayed out! Gorgeous!

    November 27, 2013 at 06:25

  67. A walk in a misty firers is just what I need as I swelter at 38C with a searing wind. That bunker reminds ne of the old, old grave mounds . . .

    November 27, 2013 at 08:01

  68. Your photos remind me of walking through the woods in Cherbourg where occasionally you stumble across a gun emplacement or bunker. I love the mischievous sprites and their cheeky faces :)

    November 27, 2013 at 08:35

  69. truly excellent shots!

    happy weekend!

    xx

    November 27, 2013 at 13:29

  70. Beautiful shots! Wow! I love your blog. I’m a new follower.

    November 27, 2013 at 14:01

  71. Lovely post, love the prose.

    November 27, 2013 at 14:31

  72. Where I live (in South East Queensland), they say it is “beautiful one day and perfect the next” … your part of the world seems much the same :-)

    November 27, 2013 at 15:09

  73. The comment about the bunker is so profound–
    And the walk– what a lovely journey. Thanks for taking us with you.
    xo jj

    November 28, 2013 at 06:48

  74. impressionnant ce dernier cliché

    November 28, 2013 at 09:23

  75. The bunker does look really mysterious…like a gnome might live in there! Lovely shot!

    November 28, 2013 at 09:27

  76. Så fina bilder!
    Lovely day you had!

    November 28, 2013 at 21:24

  77. Mytical and magical..what an interesting trip and pics..

    November 29, 2013 at 04:42

  78. I began thinking how much the scenery looks like home here, in northern Minnesota. But we have no bunkers! That is so fascinating!
    A great place for kids to explore.

    November 29, 2013 at 10:02

  79. straordinariamente belle! mi era sfuggita questa meraviglia! grazie mia cara Lady!

    November 30, 2013 at 06:42

  80. Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you. The bunker holds so many secrets…if walls could talk.

    December 1, 2013 at 04:11

  81. lovely spirits :-)
    and I love the first photograph, so magical.

    December 7, 2013 at 21:25

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