Skeletons on the hill

After leaving the claustrophobia and old ghosts of the World War I bunkers that I told you about last week,

(This shot is taken inside the bunker looking out)

I felt a strong need to enjoy the blue bowl of the sky; to reconnect with the pulsing life of nature; to laugh.

Oscar obliged me by jumping into a nearby lake.

Much refreshed, I decided to hike up the stony hill and say hello to some ancient skeletons.

As you approach, the twisted silhouette of an old tree

Marks the spot of a Bronze Age grave:

Dead bodies were buried under these stones about 3,000 years ago

And now the sun and wind and rain have worked in harmony with time

To teach us the lesson that we come from the earth

And one day will return there.

For more history, please visit: Our World.

And do visit Strewn Ashes to read her delightful poem about the bunkers!

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83 thoughts on “Skeletons on the hill

  1. What a terrific post and what an awesome place! I would love to visit there! And, of course, you always have wise words and no truer ones than these! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Old man Bunker

    The old Man Bunker,
    white of hair
    falling over his wide eyes
    that reflect
    the beauty and light
    of the green outside;
    a dark snub nose
    sniffing superiorly sideways
    and dark lips
    amidst
    wrinkly carved cheeks
    pursing to the left
    in abject disapproval’
    “Hmmpf !
    What’s this lady doing here with a camera ?”

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      1. I have a poetry blog , Strewn Ashes (http://kavitalihi.blogspot.com), where I normally post my poems with the photos that inspired them; with proper attribution, introduction and links to the photographer. I wonder if I can ask your permission to post the bunker pictures (one of the whole from outside, and one that inspired this poem), along with the poem on my blog. I realize that you could be a professional in photography, and so may have issues there. But I had to ask, and will abide by whatever you say. Thank you !

        I await your response…..

        suranga aka ugich

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  3. So this is a burial place for the indigenous people of Scandinavia. That is very interesting. They were probably hunters and fishermen, like in my country. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.

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  4. We are all allotted a certain amount of time and one day we will return to the earth from which we come– it’s worth remembering each day, isn’t it? A gift to hold on to when we are taking our time here for granted.

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  5. I love the eerie beauty of the Bronze Age grave, but I have to say the picture of Oscar in the lake really tickled my fancy.

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  6. A wonderful post, Fi. Oscar made me laugh, so I’m sure he made you laugh, too. He’s wonderful. And the ancient tree with its skeletons and rocks: a life lesson for all of us.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  7. Hi there – strange that I live in a country with one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world – but in many places there is little or no evidence to be seen today. I was born in a country (UK) where you could hardly avoid Roman Roads, Norman Castles and Bronze Age burial mounds – I think I miss them.
    Nice post.
    Stewart M – Australia

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  8. The claustrophobic bunker with a band of light tells a fascinating story, as does the tree beneath where life came to a rest for so many. This is a very poignant post. Thanks as always for sharing your world.

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  9. Great! Your comment box works now and I can at last see what I am typing! Love your photos, Fi. I don’t believe there are human bones dating back 3,000 years buried here in Hawaii — even though the oldest island (Kauai) is 14 MILLION years old, and the youngest (the Big Island) is 600,000 years old.

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  10. I like how through your images and text you acknowledge history yet remained grounded as to your interactions in the present.

    And I can’t blame Oscar for the swim opportunity.

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  11. I remember the first time I visited Europe as an eighteen year old. The land and energy felt different. You could feel the ghosts of 3,000 year olds still lingering. This really was a lovely blog.

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  12. A lovely old tree and older grave site. It is good to remember that we are here but a little while and a small part of the houshold of the earth.
    I really like old burial sites, there is a great peace about some of them/

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  13. I always find the past history of our countries so interesting, and wonder about the lives of those who lived it, one reason why I also like historical novels that are well researched, as well as history books. The tree on the grave site is also a symbol of the continuation of life.

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      Om inte, ska jag skicka den till dig.

      Det var Jörgens önskemål att jag jobbar direkt i Google Docs.

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  14. Forgive me for using you as a test — I am having trouble this morning leaving comments on a couple of other wordpress blogs and I wanted to see if it’s me. (Your posts are always worth a second or third or fourth look too!)

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  15. i love your reminder: we come from the earth and will return to it
    somehow within this contemplation gives lovely inspiration for how to live life

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  16. The statue in my blog is the statue of Christophe-Joseph-Alexandre Mathieu de Dombasle, a French agronomist. He was a pioneer in agricultural education;o)

    ***
    Have a great time****

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  17. It’s always a pleasure when I get to learn about new places with you… and always a pleasure to see Oscar enjoy life so much!
    Beautiful photos of course- as always!

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