We're just back from a family vacation in Iceland (yes, it was amazing; yes, you should visit if you ever have the opportunity) and I thought I'd share some photos of the two cemeteries we visited. Instead of sharing my pictures, though, here are the shots my 6-year-old daughter took. She's getting good at taking photos and seems to have a real eye for cemetery photography in particular.
Cemetery at the Keldur farm, Rangárvellir, south-west Iceland:
|I really like this one because the flowers cover all the identifying |
information about this person. The -dottir part simply means "daughter of."
|The turf house can be glimpsed in the background here.|
|And my family and I can be glimpsed in the background here.|
|Off to the left, the cemetery, which is on a hill, |
gives way to a sloping field full of cows.
|The Icelandic at the top seems to mean something like |
"memory lives." I like the composition of this shot.
Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavik, which has been named one of Europe's loveliest cemeteries:
|It looks like one of those pictures that has been desaturated |
save for one highlight color. But this is what it actually looked like. I love it.
|Weeds poking up through two headstones.|
|Here again, the contrast between the white stones |
and the bright flowers is common in this cemetery.
|A little bird on a headstone.|
|A red-orange flower growing in weeds around a headstone.|