The photo shows the maypole in the tiny village of Sieseby near Eckernförde. The maypole is a spring symbol that dates back to pagan times. Raising the maypole symbolizes the planting of trees and spring's reawakening. Ancient Germanic people believed that each tree contained a soul, and they planted trees to commemorate births. They celebrated the marriage of the earth goddess by decorating a tree with ribbons and flowers, similar to modern decorations. They also planted a young birch on May 1st as a dedication to the pagan gods. Today the maypole is usually a very tall treetrunk denuded of its branches, and it is installed by the villagers on the eve of 1st May, to remain in place for at least a month. The process is usually orchestrated by a farmer with a tractor, but the business of getting the pole to the vertical is the business of the menfolk of the village, using a Lilliputian selection of long sticks and ropes. The process is usually helped by lots of shouting, and the provision of Bratwurst and beer, and once the pole is up, its bottom section bedded into a deep hole in the ground, it is decorated with tinsel and garlands and often with the symbols of local crafts and guilds. This year Sieseby’s maypole is an economical version since the villagers decorated a flagpole!
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lousat (71321) 2014-05-10 4:12
Hi Harriet,very interesting post of this symbol of springtime of your country,this is like the italian "albero della cuccagna" with some prize to take on the top...ehehe...very nice capture in an excellent scenery made by this beautiful old house and the in flower trees,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Kamilutka (8083) 2014-05-10 4:20
that is very interesting note and I like as well the photo which goes with it. It is very touching that in some places people still care to preserve such traditions.
I like how the maypole got included in here in very good composition which shows as well original household. It looks almost like a open air museum. Pretty colors and well handled light.
Thanks for sharing
saxo042 (36632) 2014-05-10 6:10
A very attractive scene and a very good picture. I also enjoy your note here. We have seen many maypoles in Germany and we also have quite similar maypoles in Sweden. The difference is that we raise them at midsummer but still call them maypoles ("majstänger", in singular "majstång").
ikeharel (51369) 2014-05-10 7:30
Beautiful image show the rural village house and may decorations. Personally, I also believe plants and trees has to be treated as they have some sort of soul - even nobody had proven this.
Beautiful light on that day, rendered colors most vividly.
Good evening and nice weekend,
holmertz (36343) 2014-05-10 8:01
This is a very pleasant and pretty photo with attractive mild colours. Personally I don't care much for maypoles or flagpoles, but I would gladly take a share of the Bratwurst and beer. Apart from the nicely decorated "budget pole" I like the cart with what I guess are varous local products. The building with its thatched roof and the surrounding trees are very nice too.
jhm (134384) 2014-05-10 8:02
Here see we the nostalgia out of the old time, wonderful house and certainly the presentation of the products in foreground
Technical perfect taken and wonderful made.
Colours and sharpness make these picture very attractive.
Nice composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
mesutilgim (79256) 2014-05-10 8:39
Sowohl photographisch wie auch informativ ein tolles TE Beitrag !
Mit vielen nuetzlichen Info's.
Diesjaehrigen Mai moechte ich nie wieder eleben. Heute regnet's in Stroemen und wir heizen zu Hause !
Danke schoen und eine schoene Wochenende
pajaran (47732) 2014-05-10 12:57
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutklu sa opisom, lep pogled ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i ukraseni jarbol, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto sa starom kucom u tradicionalnoj arhitekturi.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the place and the moment the description, nice view ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated place and decorated mast, beautiful colors.
Nice place with an old house in the traditional architecture.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
SWEETFREEDOM (21512) 2014-05-10 23:46
interesting notes. very nice house, i like the brick facade and the characteristic roof.
papagolf21 (82942) 2014-05-11 0:34
Bonjour, chère Harriet,
Cette maison ou chaumière fait partie du patrimoine. Sa beauté est mise en valeur par son toit de chaume.
L'ambiance générale est un pur régal.
Très bonne note d'accompagnement comme à l'accoutumée.
mirosu (12266) 2014-05-11 4:14
Excellent, well composed photo with many nice details, keeping the viewer busy longer time. I like the view to nice small house well framed by old (apple??)trees.
All in superb light.
Very well done.
Silvio1953 (114943) 2014-05-11 6:06
Ciao Harriet, lovely composition with beautiful house and interesting symbol of springtime, splendid light, excellent perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Nicou (115124) 2014-05-11 6:27
avec la belle charette en premie rplan quelle vue e tiamge sueprbe cette maison avec ce toit de paille quelle vue et iamge sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (16576) 2014-05-11 9:40
la composizione è perfetta soprattutto per la presenza appropriata del carro che concentra gran parte dell'attenzione pur senza distoglirla dalla casa. Molto buona sia la nitidezza che la gestione del colore.
Ciao e buona serata
fanni (14377) 2014-05-11 10:19
I haven't commented on your photos for ages on TrekEarth (but thank God I can still "like" your photos on FB! :))
Very nice view, I like the quiet place and the peaceful atmosphere. Thanks so much for the Note! now I've learned a little more about the world :)
marabu61 (7211) 2014-05-11 11:16
Ein sehr schönes ländliches Stimmungsbild mit viel Charme. Für mich genau so wichtig wie der Maibaum ist der dekorierte Wagen vor dem Bauernhof.
Dieses alte Ritual mit dem Maibaum ist auch in Skandinavien, vokalem in Schweden weit verbreitet, obwohl diese dort eher um die Mittsommerwende aufgestellt werden. Trotzdem heissen sie auch dort Majstång, wie ich aus meiner Zeit als ich in Schweden arbeitete, mich zu erinnern meinte.
einen schönen Sonntagabend
Cricri (100205) 2014-05-12 11:34
Intéressante note pour mieux comprendre l'image, belle idée et symbole de Mai, j'aime la lumière, les couleurs et cette jolie maison au toit de chaume!!
abmdsudi (38738) 2014-05-12 19:55
A beautiful rural capture, a symbolic shot guided by your good narratives, I love the compo, placement of interests well shot and great rich colours and overall contrast.
Excellent catch, TFs
rychem (18729) 2014-05-13 9:35
Very nice photo showing an old tradition, The pole is very interesting but I like this house and the decoration in the FG too
very well done
delpeoples (52197) 2014-05-14 19:03
Ciao cara Harriet
These maypoles are something unheard of in my own country, so they are a delightful treat to see in a photo like this. The old house in the background and rustic old cart in the foreground complement it beautifully. What an idyllic and very rustic scene. Well done and thanks for sharing it with us.
danos (82615) 2014-05-15 21:45
nice to see this beautiful scenery with the maypole to be dominating in the scene.Is the first time that i see a similar Spring symbol that is the eye cacthing of it.The beautiful village house under these lighting conditions make the whole scene so charmy.
dip (23510) 2014-05-16 1:05
der Maibaum ist ein schönes Detail im Bild und du erklärst auch sehr gut sein Bedeutung in deine Notiz,
sehr schön auch das Reetdachhaus,ein charakteristisches Merkmal für Norddeutschland,
Buin (42254) 2014-05-16 12:24
Noch gemütlicher und noch heimeliger geht fast nicht!
Du hast dieses Reetdachhaus von einem tollen Winkel aus ausgenommen. Es ist herrlich durch die Bäume "gerahmt" und auch die Umgebung ist mit einbezogen. Dieser Mini-Maibaum hat fast etwas Rührendes ... ;-))
Klasse Kombi aus Text und Bild!
Grüße aus dem heute sonnig-warmen Siegen! Ein schönes Wochenende!
ourania (25396) 2014-05-19 12:49
I know this tradition, I've seen maypoles in Aschheim, a town near Munich that is a twin town of Leros. Your picture is very vivid and vibrant, although there isn't movement in it, you've rendered the view so dynamic and attractive. I like very much the light and the colours, they are lively and delicious. There's a great abundance of natural and rustic details that make the setting so rewarding and interesting to observe. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
COSTANTINO (50543) 2014-05-21 22:26
Hello dear friend
intersting and useful notes about the
maypole and this photo shows the
maypole in the tiny village of
Sieseby near Eckrnforde
its a real spring symbol and spring is
one of the most beautiful seasons
of the year because the Mother Nature
begins to live again
its a very attractive picture
have a nice time
nikkitta (12684) 2014-05-22 14:09
Interesting post about the arrive of Spring, good to keep old traditions, specially the beer and Bratwurst
Like your capture and POV to admire not only the house but the place and garden and of course the Maypole
Well done, Regards
carlo62 (26722) 2014-05-28 11:56
mi piacciono molto questi angoli di campagna, ben curati e tranquilli.
La tua foto esprime bene quello che dico ed è un vero piacere osservarla.
- Copyright: Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) (22913)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-03
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 650D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-10 4:06