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!

83 responses

  1. Last four lines are so profound. Beautiful clicks…:)

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    October 10, 2011 at 16:04

  2. Your country is so full of history. Very interesting.

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    October 10, 2011 at 16:24


  3. · Yeah. I remember that bunker…

    · hugs

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    October 10, 2011 at 16:55

  4. You really capture so much.

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    October 10, 2011 at 17:33

  5. Thanks for taking us along on your adventures! Love the history lessons!

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    October 10, 2011 at 17:41

  6. imac

    Great shots with interesting info my friend. Well shot and told.

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    October 10, 2011 at 18:08

  7. whata chilling yet beautiful lesson…that bunker gets creepier and creepier by the picture…i’d still go in it

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    October 10, 2011 at 18:11

  8. 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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    October 10, 2011 at 18:26

  9. The never ending stories our of lives 🙂

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    October 10, 2011 at 18:43

  10. 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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    October 10, 2011 at 19:23

    • This is brilliant! Thank you so much for the gift of your poem.

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      October 10, 2011 at 19:25

      • 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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        October 10, 2011 at 19:46

  11. It must seem so strange to know that dead bodies are buried underneath from 3,000 years ago.

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    October 10, 2011 at 19:32

  12. The photography is very beautiful and a thought provoking post.

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    October 10, 2011 at 19:35

  13. Your words in this post are very wise and profound. Your pictures are simply marvelous. Very well done.

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    October 10, 2011 at 19:49

  14. Looks a bit scary, but your pictures is great! Hope you have a wonderful week:-)

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    October 10, 2011 at 19:57

  15. Good job, the bunker is antagonistic to such a beautiful place. Excellent pictures with amazing countryside beauty.

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    October 10, 2011 at 19:57

  16. 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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    October 10, 2011 at 20:19

  17. great photograhy…cheers!

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    October 10, 2011 at 21:14

  18. Jim

    Full circle from all sides. Great grave site!

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    October 10, 2011 at 21:56

  19. i’m claustrophobic too so i enjoyed your shots from the wide open spaces.

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    October 10, 2011 at 22:35

  20. We seem to need that reminding.
    3,000 years — wow!

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    October 10, 2011 at 22:40

  21. That bunker would (if you could have got me in to it) have left me wanting to reconnect with nature too. Thank you – for both the photos and the sentiments expressed.

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    October 10, 2011 at 23:47

  22. What an amazing place altogether — inside and outside of that bunker. Fascinating history and lovely the wayk you expressed the lesson to be learned.

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    October 11, 2011 at 00:55

  23. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 01:05

  24. The first photo looks like you are looking out through two eyes!

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    October 11, 2011 at 02:03

  25. Very nice post with wonderful shots! Love the first one!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ***
    Have a nice and happy week****

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    October 11, 2011 at 02:14

  26. That is a great post. We are the earth’s. To be sure, it would be great if more of us could honor that fact rather than disgrace it. Your blog is wonderful.

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    October 11, 2011 at 03:02

  27. Jeanie

    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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    October 11, 2011 at 04:33

  28. From the horror of war to the peace of nature, the contrasts of life. I, too would be anxious to leave the reminders of war.

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    October 11, 2011 at 05:12

  29. Very sobering.

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    October 11, 2011 at 05:21

  30. —Lady, Fi,
    Your photos & words InsPIRE me. Xx

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    October 11, 2011 at 05:30

  31. Hi Ladyfi
    Thank you for popping in at my place. I enjoyed your History Tree tale with lovely images.
    Happy days

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    October 11, 2011 at 06:00

  32. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 06:08

  33. Your photos take my breath away. So beautiful.
    xojj

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    October 11, 2011 at 07:02

  34. this is indeed a wonder-ful world!

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    October 11, 2011 at 07:35

  35. Such a lovely post! I feel as if I have been on a fascinating journey with you!

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    October 11, 2011 at 08:23

  36. ” Why did you not jump in the lake 😛 ”

    Wonderful nature shots today 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 08:25

    • It was tempting – but rather too cold!

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      October 11, 2011 at 08:49

  37. a wonderful look at your world today. beautiful captures. 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 09:09

  38. History you can touch or even just stand and look at fascinates me Fi. A good blog – Dave

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    October 11, 2011 at 09:27

  39. Wonderful shots of great clarity.

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    October 11, 2011 at 09:40

  40. great shots 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 11:50

  41. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 12:03

  42. Great words there in last lines, speak volumes.

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    October 11, 2011 at 12:43

  43. So good of Oscar to help out! Trees silhouetted against a skyline are always a good sight.

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    October 11, 2011 at 13:18

  44. amazing pictures.. 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 13:42

  45. Great shots, and Oscar is terrific!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    October 11, 2011 at 14:34

  46. Nice phrase.The trees look like living.They will say something soon.

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    October 11, 2011 at 14:38

  47. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 14:58

  48. JM

    Amazing spot! WOW! Oscar definitely loves water as much as the Portuguese Water Dog! 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 16:21

  49. A place full of history ! and 3000 year old bodies under these stones !

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    October 11, 2011 at 16:27

  50. very, very interesting post along with beautiful photos!

    i love your country.

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    October 11, 2011 at 17:16

  51. a single tells a story.
    i envy Oscar.
    beautiful post.

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    October 11, 2011 at 17:54

  52. a single tree tells a story.
    i envy Oscar.
    beautiful post.

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    October 11, 2011 at 17:55

  53. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 18:19

  54. Such a beautiful world!

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    October 11, 2011 at 18:26

  55. fantastic shots…love them all…those words are very meaningful!

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    October 11, 2011 at 18:28

  56. That image of the bunker sends shivers through me.

    Oscar finds joy everywhere, doesn’t he?

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    October 11, 2011 at 19:12

  57. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 19:17

  58. Yes, we belong to the earth. Lovely photos and story.

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    October 11, 2011 at 20:08

  59. 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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    October 11, 2011 at 20:54

  60. I love your photos! The prose is perfectly suited for them. Wonderful work, all around.

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    October 11, 2011 at 22:03

  61. Fastinating pictures! Ha, leave it to the dog to bring back a bit of joy! I know mine does. 🙂

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    October 11, 2011 at 22:29

  62. The first shot of the bunker, reminds me of a hideout. Very lovely shots!

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    October 11, 2011 at 23:05

  63. Indeed.
    “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.”

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    October 11, 2011 at 23:46

  64. wisdom and delight walking hand in hand!

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu;

    Comfort Spiral

    >

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    October 11, 2011 at 23:47

  65. 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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    October 12, 2011 at 01:19

  66. Great post and wonderful wise words. Your photos are beautiful and I always enjoy seeing yoru cute Oscar.

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    October 12, 2011 at 01:40

  67. Al

    What a great place and wonderful photos. I especially love the silhouette of the tree.

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    October 12, 2011 at 02:44

  68. Beautiful place and words.

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    October 12, 2011 at 07:07

  69. 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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    October 12, 2011 at 09:57

  70. I wish I lived there!

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    October 12, 2011 at 13:50

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      October 12, 2011 at 14:07

  71. Beautiful sentiments expressed in your words…..

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    October 12, 2011 at 16:09

  72. Coming out of the bunker into the fresh clean air would be a relief – a kind of rebirth.

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    October 12, 2011 at 16:14

  73. 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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    October 12, 2011 at 20:35

  74. 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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    October 12, 2011 at 22:46

  75. Mildred

    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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    October 13, 2011 at 00:53

  76. great shots, and interesting writing . I liked your bunkers post a lot too!

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    October 13, 2011 at 02:51

  77. Oh! WW1 Bunkers,it must be an eerie view from inside.

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    October 14, 2011 at 02:09

  78. 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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    October 18, 2011 at 05:53

  79. What a peaceful place to rest! Alive and dead..of course I like trees:)

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    October 20, 2011 at 16:53

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