November 13, 2010

The Open Sky.

Recently, I went for a walk in my immediate surroundings. I live in a hilly area, in the outskirts of a major Danish city. My house is built on a hill and in my south, the hills stretch even higher, giving me wonderful south bound views out of my westerly windows, but shielding my late autumn and winter sunsets.

To my north and east, I have an unrestricted view of the city below, with a glimpse of the ocean from my kitchen window. The image above illustrates the position of my house, as it can be seen from the hills above it. The blue sea is clearly visible, lining the horizon above the red roofs.

Within just a few minutes of walking, views out of this world are presented to me. The area where I live is situated near a bronze age burial mound, dating some 1000 to 1800 years BC. The panoramic outlook from its top is at all times breath taking, as seen on the pictures below. The vistas expose magnificent landscape, outstretched in all directions. Layers of hills, fields and green woods intertwined with small villages lie to the south. To the north, the skyline of a bustling metropolis can be observed, a major port and a millennium old city, established by the Vikings.

All of this is lined by an incredible open sky, dramatic and wide, varying in colours during the seasons, but always instigating a sense of unrestricted freedom and grand beauty.




40 comments :

Snowbrush said...

I would love to visit your area. I'm from the Southeastern U.S., where there are many mounds, some were for burial and others for ritualistic purposes.

Elizabeth said...

The open sky, one of the major attractions of Danmark. If you ask me.

Have a great weekend.

Susan Deborah said...

A walk always opens new sights and feelings. I can imagine you walking and taking in the fresh sights and smells. I am sure that I would enjoy a long walk with you my dear Zuzana.

Wishing you a great Sunday.

Joy always,
Susan

Mimi said...

You describe your surroundings so perfectly! I can visualise the whole place, and it seems a beautiful area.
Isn't it a blessing to live so close to a city yet surrounded by beauty? I'm lucky to also live like that.
Have a wonderful weekend, Zuzana.
I'm trying to get those poetry books ordered, so would you email me your address to kcraroma@gmail.com when you've a chance.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Sounds such a wonderful place to be in. Bet the walks do invigorate the mind and body.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Awesome sky pics! :)
Enjoyed reading about ur home and ur passion for walking. :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

For years, I've had the privilege of being online friends through snail mail and groups, a couple of great ladies from Denmark. Now, I click on your comment link in Nessa's blog and see you too are a Dane. Love your countryside walk. I could really be happy there, walking. Beautiful.

Elisabeth said...

What an amazing place to live, Zuzana. The past at your doorstep.

gpclick said...

Awesome photographs there Zuzana! Coincidently the sky was great today and i got some good pictures and I was planning to post them in my blog someday. I was going through the dashboard and your post caught my eyes. Lovely work there! I liked your way of writing too.
Keep going!

Brian Miller said...

yeah i agree...i would love to visit sometime...b/c you share it so beautifully each day....

Nessa said...

Gorgeous. One of the best things about blogging is seeing what others see each day.

Deborah Jean said...

Zuzana,
You live in such a beautiful place! Makes me want to put on my traveling shoes!
Thank you for sharing these images of your corner of the world. They are lovely!
Enjoy your weekend~
Deb

Hilary said...

You see such beauty everywhere you turn. Much of it is of course in your amazing landscape but some is certainly because the eye which shares it. Thank you for that.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What a beautiful area, you live in! And I'm sure I don't need to advise you to be grateful. Of course you know that, yourself.

I love hills. We live near the foothills of some very, very old mountains [The Adirondack Mts]. Don't think I could live, where it is flat, flat, flat. :-)

Gentle hugs...

Absolutely Ladylike said...

It's heavenly beautiful...literally :-)

I hope your weekend is lovey, much love: Evi

Ps: Thank You for the nice comment about my photos dearest Zuzana...it means a lot :-)

Kath said...

How lovely to see your views! Have a wonderful weekend Kx

Snappy Di said...

Nothing prettier than a white house with a red roof. Great photos today!

DI

Myrna R. said...

So beautiful. Thank you for sharing. You live in a magnificent place and your words and photos pay it homage.

LadyCat said...

Such beautifuL skies! Your area sounds so interesting and the history is so rich. Fascinating and gorgeous place...thanks for sharing it with us : )

Hope Despite Depression said...

I think what I love most about your posts (besides the beautiful pictures) is that I'm constantly learning something new. I'm constantly interested in other cultures and countries... and when you post something I tend to do research and end up giving myself a little history lesson :) This time I looked up "Bronze Age Burial Mounds"... very interesting - and so cool that you live in such a historic part of the world where the beauty is obviously everywhere you look! Thank you for constantly sharing with us the beauty which surrounds you!!!

Christine

Sharon Lovejoy said...

My dear Zuzana,

Your sky shots are ALWAYS heartbreakingly lovely.

Thanks so much for sharing these.

Sending love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Betsy said...

Oh, that is so nice. I never tire of looking at the sky...it's different every day! I love that one photo of the low lieing cloud and clear sky above..gorgeous!

sprinkles said...

It sounds really pretty where you live. My surroundings are nothing like yours.

There are houses on all four sides of me.

Just_because_today said...

When I hear hills I think of how I dislike to see them in my runs...but you describe what you see in your walk so enchantingly, that I wouldn't mind walking beside you

SandyCarlson said...

Delicious. Beautiful. Your posts are always so lyrical. Thank you.

steviewren said...

There is nothing in life as affirming as seeing the expanse of the sky above you and recognizing your place in the universe. I think you love your views so much because they give you that affirmation that you are right where you belong.

ladyfi said...

Wow - those are some fabulous and dramatic views! Wonderful.

NENSA MOON said...

I can see you lived surrounding by the beautiful scenery ...
Love to see the scenery of sky around your area..
They all looked great and gorgeous!
xoxo

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

what a beautiful place you live in and very luckly to live near a burial mound~we have quite a few near us and they are so special

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

You live near an archeological spot??? I envy you!!! :)

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Sarah Knight said...

Wow, that is some beautiful scenery!

Zuzu said...

It is gorgeous, Zuzana! I love your big sky views and the history of your home.
Enjoy your day, dear friend!
~ Zuzu

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CherylK said...

Zuzana, you have painted a gorgeous picture of your Denmark with your writing and your photographs and I'm so impressed.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Doreen said...

thanks for showing us around Zuzana. your words are as poignant and pretty as the images.

Claus said...

Beautiful skies!! the grey ones look "cold", if that's even possible. Mountains and sea at a fair distance? How lucky you are!! Mountains are perhaps what I have closer to home, yet not within walking distance :o( Still, one can see volcanoes and mountains from the outskirts of the city, which is rather nice. We are, after all, a valley :o)
have a great day!!

Lynne said...

What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

adrielleroyale said...

WOW! What an amazing place to be!! If I ever get to come out your way you simply MUST let me stay for a day or two! ;) It sounds like heaven!

Jill said...

Your surroundings are lovely.

Zuzana said...

Snowbrush, Elizabeth, Susan, Mimi, Keats, Chandrika (welcome), Anni (welcome), Elisabeth, gpclick, Brian, Nessa, Deborah, Hilary, Amelia, Evi, Kath, Di, Myrna, LadyCat, Christine, Sharon, Betsy, sprinkles, Myriam, Sandy, Stevie, ladyfi, Nensa, laoi gaul (welcome), Bhushavali, Sarah (welcome), Zuzu, Cheryl, Doreen, Claudia, Lynne, adrielle, and Jill, how wonderful that all of you seem to think I live in a magnificent place.;) Delightful indeed as I think so myself.
My home and my house and my views and my surroundings is something that is definitely completely right in my life.

Thank you everyone for your very kind words and for always finding the time to stop by.;)

Xoxo
Zuzana