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The Parkians

I currently live in the town of Malmö, located in Sweden’s southernmost province: Skåne. When I moved here, I was surprised to discover that Skåne harbors an amazing secret:

In most green areas in Skåne, you can find these tiny litle settlements, inhabited by a species of micro-people. These little people go by many different names throughout Skåne; In Malmö they are referred to as “The Parkians”, since they are mainly found in the towns beautiful vast parks.

The best place to look for a Parkian settlements is in old tree-stumps, preferably a couple of paces away from paths heavily trafficked by humans. The tree-stumps provide the Parkians with good building material, and also tends to give them a good vantage point to command the landscape from. Their constructions vary vastly in size - from small family farms to sprawling towns and cities. Apart from tree-stumps, Parkian dwellings can also be found in the cracks between rocks, on the shore of a calm pond, or even in an abandoned anthill.

Even in the age of the internet, the story of the Parkians still remain one of the world’s great untold stories. I think it’s time to share this amazing story with you guys, so I took my camera on a stroll to take some pictures. Here you go!

( The topmost photo was taken by my friend and co-worker Lars Vincent )

(via zgarts)