Estonia's fourth largest island, Vormsi, is located between Hiiumaa and the mainland with a total area of 92 square kilometers. It is part of a rural municipality with the same name in Lääne County.
Vormsi's history as an inhabited island dates back as far as the 13th century. During most of its history,t he island has been inhabited by Estonian Swedes ("rannarootslased" in Estonian or "coastal Swedes" in English), whose population reached 3,000 before World War II. During the war, nearly all of Vormsi's population, along with other Swedes living in Estonia, were evacuated to Sweden. The island's current population is approximately 350 inhabitants.
The Island of Vormsi with its juniper fields, seaside meadows, erratic boulders and lighthouses is best toured on a bicycle or on foot. The gravezard of Vormsi church (1632) is famous for numerous ancient circular crosses.
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Albrecht (11281) 2006-09-14 8:54
I find this an interesting scene; thanks for sharing this special place. Never seen something like that before and the picture you made is good.
pablominto (53744) 2006-09-14 8:55
This is a scenery close to what I have been looking for the whole summer... I always wanted to photograph tree trunks in strong backlight..!
This is very neatly done, I like the contrasty appreance of this strange scenery!
Wonderful strong colours in a pleasant composition!
Malyshev (2522) 2006-09-14 8:55
Hi,George! Very beautiful picture! Nice composition and colours!Wonderful sunlight and shadows! Interesting note too! Thanks! Yuri.
katyako (467) 2006-09-14 8:55
It's wonderful photo! An interesting place taken in good weather. Stripes of the light make this shot more interesting.
Thank you for sharing!
hay_kes (30836) 2006-09-14 9:01
Great landscape picture and compotition too . excellent job !
dorte_s_t (2287) 2006-09-14 9:20
Hi , George .
Wonderful and peaceful place . Very strong effect from the long shadows !
Interesting note as well !
gelor (3229) 2006-09-14 10:45
Une belle lumière, une bonne composition et de belles couleurs : tout ce qu'il faut pour une belle image ! Merci.
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2006-09-14 12:19
You were becoming a little bit predictable IMO with your posts these days, it happens when you are posting one long series. Even the sky looked the same in most pictures. This is a nice change with the church graveyard. The light and colours are fantastic.
With Greetings from India
jemaflor (88199) 2006-09-14 13:16
Good effect with your shot and these shadows, good choice for this vertical format.
Wanda1 (15000) 2006-09-14 14:02
I love the shadows created by the trees on the very green grass. A lovely sharp clear image. Great composition and interesting light. It looks so nice and peaceful here.
xavshot (69835) 2006-09-14 14:44
j'aime beaucoup les jeux de lumière dans cette photo. une belle réalisation et un bon choix de cadrage
gigi (2668) 2006-09-14 15:22
une photo tres belle et tres instructive
merci pour le partage
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-09-14 15:32
Good capture, I like the POV and Lights.
TheMystic (912) 2006-09-14 16:13
Great work again, George. This inspires me to do some research into the origins of these crosses. One of my 'mystic' handles has to do with the Bogomil's of Romania, now I am interested in these crosses and whether they are of a specific sect, since they are unusual in appearance.
emjleclercq (15780) 2006-09-14 17:08
Excellent point of veiw and light filtering between the trees. The old crosses are very interesting in themselves but enhanced both by the play of the light either on their sides or though them and also by the shadows of the trees.
All the best,
agbonavita (0) 2006-09-14 19:16
George, I like the colors here, but it has some overexposed area... But I can understand it, photos inside forest are very dificult to photometry.
I would sugest another POV, taken the photo from down (problably you must lie down on the grass) and very closed to this first croos on the forground, it will eminance more this celtic cross. Something like that: cross
c_rapp (254) 2006-09-14 19:21
I like the pattern of the tree shadows against the sun touching down on the blades of grass.
Thanks for sharing this serene resting place.
berek (42278) 2006-09-14 23:54
Beautiful green good composition and interesting place. sharpness is okay my friend. Friendly regards.
my overall evaluation -> :-))
zeca (19762) 2006-09-15 3:31
Interesting shot! Nice picture! Beautiful lights and shadows! Excellent framing!
Well done, George!
ben4321 (9875) 2006-09-15 6:05
I think this is really excellent George, and I hope you won't be offended when I say that I think it's the best image you've posted since your 'Green Harmony' photograph. The cityscapes were getting a bit 'samey'.
This is certainly one of the most unusual and indeed beautiful cemeteries that I've seen. It has a very calm atmosphere tucked away among the trees, and it must be a nice place for people to visit their departed loved ones.
A great use of light and shadow here George, and you've produced something special.
prezntime (3946) 2006-09-15 6:47
I am very fond of your backlighting here. The greens are wonderful for the lights and shadows to play upon. Very well done the hints of blue in the sky. These gravestones are so distinctive, I have never seen anything like them.
john_c (24666) 2006-09-15 9:15
The shadow effects, the lighting and the crosses appearing as scattered in the cemetery really give this a special ambience. The fine light filters through the trees, giving hope and comfort and peace in a troubled world. The cemetery reminds us of many things, including the loss of loved ones, but also the sacrifices of war. This looks like a good spot to stop and contemplate in silence. Well captured.
pasternak (15181) 2006-09-17 7:46
Beautiful photo, George, showing us the most unusual cemetery I have seen. Very good light here and the long parallel shadows of pines are wonderful. There circles really seem to be part of nature. Very good.
Angshu (56458) 2006-09-17 23:59
Beautiful one! Love the interplay of light & shadows and the graveyard stones which makes this shot very special. The colours are fantastic
kermit350 (9016) 2006-09-18 15:38
Hello George, It super it against day, the trees thus to solidify illuminates the landscape, and their shades in diagonals gives prospect, Très good blow of?il to have carried out this highly graphic image or the crosses are involved in their shade, moreover the incidental light gives a beautiful effect on this orée of wood, sincerely
bakes888 (18499) 2006-09-20 4:53
Hi George. Wonderful scene. I love the dappled light coming through the trees. The circular crosses add a whole new dimension and contrast well with the straight trees. Well captured and thanks for sharing.
guillaumejm (0) 2006-09-22 15:40
whate a beautifull place. Nice colousr and very good composition even if it's a little bit overexposed in some parts. I specially like this lightfull green.
Hanssie (10441) 2006-10-03 15:58
Seems like celtic crosses ?
Light is making the picture here, which is very nice !
serp2000 (41688) 2007-03-11 1:21
Very interesting history's note and photo.Good colours and shadows.
danos (89627) 2007-03-31 3:39
It's really a wonderful photo!Nice effect with these shadows, good choice for this vertical format.The colours,the contrast and the lightness make your capture marvellous.Well done.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
ruisc_pt (10890) 2007-07-15 9:58
Great POV and almost horizontal side lit.
A litle bit over sharpened.. thought..
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-14
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50, Canon Zoom Lens x3 5.8-17.4mm 1:2.8-4.9
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favorites, Vormsi Island [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-14 8:47
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