The ordinary unseen is out there.
World taught us the meaning of photography, the very smell of composition and the beautiful essence of lights and shadows. That teach us great insights on all aspects of photography. In this post, I wanted to bring you the best of the best photographs yet unseen from the ordinary. Take a look at the ordinary life from a new perspective.

 
 

 

I was advised to visit these places in August. In August, it is usually the pink jellyfish season. They are harmless but very fun. If you find them this is usually an indication that the water in that area is pristine. The water in beaches very clean in the beaches compared to the harbour area.

It is really worth travelling a bit further down the spit. You can reach Juodkrante, it’s the first resort which is about 15 km away from the ferry if you are extreme cyclist. You can even rent bicycles in the old crossing, and take them with you. Just beside this beach there goes the good cycling track.

But there are wild flowers blooming everywhere and you will surely get a touch of the nature.  You won’t see many dunes on the way, but you will see beautiful pine forests… Anyway in the bicycle case you can see more wild nature and even manage to find a private spot somewhere on the beach.

 

Photos taken on May, 7-8, 2017.

 

 
The Curonian Spit is a unique and vulnerable, sandy and wooded cultural landscape on a coastal spit which features small Curonian lagoon settlements. The Spit was formed by the sea, wind and human activity and continues to be shaped by them. Rich with an abundance of unique natural and cultural features, it has retained its social and cultural importance. Local communities adapted to the changes in the natural environment in order to survive. This interaction between humans and nature shaped the Curonian Spit cultural landscape.

The history of the Curonian Spit is dramatic: 5,000 years ago, a narrow peninsula (98 km in length and 0.4-3.8 km in width), the Great Dune Ridge separating the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, was formed on moraine islands from sand transported by currents, and later covered by forest. After intensive logging in the 17th and 18th centuries, the dunes began moving towards the Curonian Lagoon, burying the oldest settlements. At the turn of the 19th century, it became evident that human habitation would no longer be possible in the area without immediate action. Dune stabilisation work began, and has continued ever since. By the end of the 19th century, a protective dune ridge was formed along the seashore to prevent inland sand migration, and the Great Dune Ridge was reinforced using trees and brushwood hedges. Currently, forests and sands dominate the Curonian Spit. Urbanised areas (eight small settlements) cover just about 6% of the land.

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Rasos Cemetery (Lithuanian: Rasų kapinės, Polish: cmentarz Na Rossie w Wilnie, Belarusian: Могілкі Росы) is the oldest and most famous cemetery in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is named after the Rasos district where it is located. It is separated into two parts, the old and the new cemeteries, by a narrow Sukilėliai Street. The total area is 10.8 ha. Since 1990 new burials are allowed only to family graves.

The year 1769 is cited in many sources as the date when the cemetery was founded. However, some historians believe it is a typo and the real date should be 1796. On April 24, 1801 the new cemetery was consecrated. Two days later Jan Müller, the mayor of Vilnius, became the first person to be buried there. A formal document was signed in July 1801. It specified that the cemetery received 3.51 ha of land and that the cemetery will be free of charge to all city residents. It was the first cemetery in Vilnius not located next to a church.

In 1802-1807 two columbariums were built. They reached up to five stories in height and were joined at a right angle. At the end of the 19th century the columbariums began deteriorating. In between the columbariums, a neo-gothic red brick chapel was built in 1844–50. In 1888 a matching belltower was added to the chapel. At first the cemetery was surrounded by a wooden fence, but it burned down in 1812. A brick fence was rebuilt in 1820 and portions of it survive to this day.

In 1814 the cemetery was expanded as authorities bought additional land from a city resident. The addition is now known as the Hill of the Literaries (Lithuanian: Literatų kalnelis). In 1847, members of the Eastern Orthodox church opened their own cemetery next to Rasos. It was used to bury soldiers from a nearby monastery hospital and poor city residents. Therefore, it became known as the Cemetery of Orphans (Lithuanian: Našlaičių kapinės).

After World War II, the Soviet authorities demolished the right columbarium and in the 1970s razed the left columbarium. The whole necropolis was to be destroyed in the 1980s as the Soviet authorities planned a major motorway to be built directly through the cemetery. Due to a press campaign led by the Polish-language Czerwony Sztandar (Red Banner) newspaper and economic difficulties, the destruction was halted. After Lithuanian independence (1990) and the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991), Lithuanian and Polish authorities collaborated in an restoration of the cemetery.

In 1920 a war cemetery was built near the entrance for 164 Polish soldiers who fell in the city during the Polish–Soviet War and Polish–Lithuanian War. It was rebuilt in 1935–1936 by Wojciech Jastrzębowski, who also designed the tombstone where the heart of Józef Piłsudski is enshrined.

Until September 18, 1939, when the Red Army entered the city, an honorary guard of three soldiers stood there at all times. Three unknown soldiers who refused to give up their arms to the Soviets in 1939 were shot on the spot and are now buried next to Marshal Piłsudski’s heart. Part of the cemetery contains graves of Polish Home Army soldiers, who fell during the Wilno Uprising. Their graves, demolished after World War II, were rebuilt by the funds of the Republic of Poland in 1993.

 

Rasos cemetery during All Saints Day – 360° panorama photo

On All Saints Day (also called as Helloween from the traditional of the Celtic’s folk) people like to visit graves of their relatives or just any graveyard to light a candle or a few.

 

 

See photos of Rasos in this travel photo gallery from Verde Wanderer. Pictures taken at 8 of May, 2016.

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Historians suggest that the people in this area settled in the 7th century BC, they lived on a hill that people today called the Maiden. Well preserved ancient burial mounds on the hill. In the 90s of last century, archaeologists have unearthed several such mounds. There were found silver rings, glass beads, rings, bracelets, metal meet in the form of snake heads.
It is believed that the name Maiden mountain comes from the Latin word «dievas», what it means to god or just a Mountain of God. Probably on this mountain was once a pagan temple. Earlier on this mountain was a huge boulder, which was called Adam’s Stone. Around the mountain there are three sources that probably used for cult purposes. One scientist believes that the Maiden mountain was once a pagan temple of the goddess of love and fecundity. Maiden Mountain has a lot of legends and stories. One legend was written in 1881 and published in the geographical dictionary of the Polish Kingdom:

Once here there a very pretty girl lived, two guys were in love with her. She did not know whom to choose, and she said, “I’ll sit high on the mountain, and you take the huge boulders and roll it uphill. One who will make it faster, I will marry the him.” Guys done it simultaneously and they had died immediately from a heart attack. People buried them on the mountain, and people was so angry at girl that they dug a hole and buried her alive.

There is catholic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1796—1805) is beautifully situated at the highest point. According to local residents, the temple survived  all wars and well preserved to our time. And only about 1980, students have managed to set fire to the church. Roof burned down only. View of panorama alienates. Massive walls, strict main facade, interesting columns inside the church were left standing. Interior space is now occupied by birch trees and bushes, but the past greatness exists a still.

 

Shooted photos and these Dubrowo panoramic photos:
05 of July, 2014.