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Happy Halloween, Day 15

Here's a picture I find rather atmospheric, in a Halloween sort of way, thanks to the uneven ground and amazing trees. I took this photo in a cemetery in "Old Town" Reykjavik, Iceland in 2005.


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And now, on with the show:

Link of the Day: The Smoking Mirror (Check the "Cemeteries" and "Links" sections for artistic photographs from church yards and burial grounds across Europe that will take your breath away.)


Literature of the Day: Here's a short and haunting poem for your Monday.

"Haunted House"
By Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Here was a place where none would ever come
For shelter, save as we did from the rain.
We saw no ghost, yet once outside again
Each wondered why the other should be so dumb;
And ruin, and to our vision it was plain
Where thrift, outshivering fear, had let remain
Some chairs that were like skeletons of home.

There were no trackless footsteps on the floor
Above us, and there were no sounds elsewhere.
But there was more than sound; and there was more
Than just an axe that once was in the air
Between us and the chimney, long before
Our time. So townsmen said who found her there.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
wellinghall
Oct. 15th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
How did you like Iceland?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 15th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
I loved it! It was amazing. My favorite day was spent at Thingvellir, the site of the Althing, right out of the sagas. It was breathtaking.
wellinghall
Oct. 15th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! It's marvellous, isn't it.
vaklam
Oct. 15th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Beautiful picture. It reminds me of the cemetary at Sewanee. I used to take frequent walks there in the autumn.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 15th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That cemetery sounds amazing - like the perfect place for autumn walks.
nekrokedeia
Oct. 15th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
I love the trees in the picture!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 15th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
They were SO amazing. The picture doesn't nearly do them justice.
vamysteryfan
Oct. 15th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
That's an extraordinary picture. The organic nature of the trees against the manipulated sone - lovely
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 15th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I was fascinated by the scene.
thepirateship
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Excellent picture. I love visiting cemeteries.

I'd love to visit Iceland eventually as some of my Dwarves (and perhaps a few Elves) in the book I'm writing dwell there. Iceland and Ireland, two places I'd love to visit.

I've been enjoying these halloween post every day.

-Shane
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! There are more pictures from Iceland, including more pictures of the cemetery, here. Iceland is the perfect place for Dwarves! I'd love to visit Ireland one of these days.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'm so glad you're enjoying my posts!
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