my eyes (and photos from the woodland cemetery)

This morning, I had another appointment with the orthoptist. Now I know why (though I already suspected it) I had such difficulty reading, despite the glasses — since my last visit, the eyes had deteriorated again (and quite a lot). It’s been really quick, I noticed I had problems already a few weeks after I got the new glasses in June. The upside is that the situation now — that is, the degree of squinting — makes surgery an option. The eyes have to stabilize first though, so that we know there’s no further deterioration. I didn’t get a new prescription for glasses this time, only a lens in the form of adhesive plastic film attached to the old glasses (only on one eye, though). It’s very odd, since it’s slightly striped and makes vision on that eye blurry. The quicker this is over, the better.

To visit the orthoptist, I have to go to a suburb south of Stockholm. After the appointment, I took the opportunity to visit the nearby Woodland Cemetery (web page in English!), listed as a world heritage by UNESCO.

It was a very grey morning; rainy, damp and cold.

(There’s a small mouse on the right grave. But the tombstone in the middle is really original.)

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  2. I have been in this cemetry. It is a really interesting place and captured beautifully in your black and white images. Is that Sune stalking you in the 10th from the top?

  3. Thank you!

    It was someone who mysteriously came walking — running — from the left side to the right side. And not on the road but on the lawn. Strange.

  4. That photo is another one that is VERY strange in terms of perspective (I don’t know real photography terms, I’m sure it is obvious). I cannot understand the proportions – the man looks like a small sprite. (A gnome?) His size does not make sense, in proportion.

    Your photos are really just stunningly wonderful, overall.

  5. The one with the “original” gravestone – are the two sort of rounded-top graves behind it naturally worn down, or were they carved that way? They make a very interesting contrast.
    I’ve never seen a gravestone like that. I guess some people want to express their creativity in selecting a headstone.

  6. Thank you!

    The perspective on that photo — well, it is a rather special path; this is what it looks like from the other direction:

    http://www.skogskyrkogarden.se/en/architecture/seven-springs-way.php

    (Also with an explanation.)

    The gravestones were made that way — there are many of the kind. Assymetric. They’re often quite recent, not really old.

  7. Interesting! (both the meditation grove/Chapel of Resurrection and the asymmetric gravestones). I thought the asymmetric gravestones were made that way, as two of them seem to match, unlikely to be so perfectly matching if done by the wind and rain.

  8. Some of them are either identical or almost identical so I guess they work from a template, or some such thing.

    The oldest gravestones are not even a hundred years old (the graveyard is from 1920 something), so they’re unlikely to be affected by wind and rain. The wooden crosses are, but not the stones. Some of them are sinking into the ground though http://zooey.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/110921l.jpg — and some of them you can barely read the text on. I like the old gravestones more.

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