August 26th, 2009

Skansen Part One

I took a LOT of photos at Skansen because it is such a beautiful place. I'm having trouble being selective, so today I offer five photos in this post and more in the next one. It was an interesting roll.

These first two probably should be grouped with a shot from another roll, but the goal is a roll a day. Their theme would be domed things on farms (the third would be a classic haystack shot). I present woodpile and beehives, with the additional note that the green roof movement is pretty darn old.

Most interior shots were too dark to come out, but here is one that worked.

These last two are a game of Spot the Wild Animal. The first is a snowy owl, taken for fans of Hedwig. The second is a fox that just happened to be going about its foxy business in the park; it didn't feel like posing.

Skansen Part Two - Three Houses

Skansen is full of houses. That's part of the point of the place, to show how different people in different regions of Sweden have lived in the past. Here are three at the small end of the spectrum. Swedenborg, like many Swedes, had a summerhouse. His, however, now lives in the rose garden at Skansen.

At some point in Sweden's history, people were offered little houses where they could garden for the good of the nation. There was a term I've forgotten for the houses and the details of the arrangement also escape me, but look how cute it is!

As if the first two pictures weren't play-house-like enough, I took a picture of an actual playhouse. Sadly, the elves were not home at the time.