The pacifier tree

A pacifier tree is a Scandinavian tradition where children in a rite of passage sacrifice their pacifiers to the tree. The child's pacifiers are tied together on a ribbon or piece of string and are left behind on the tree in clusters tied to the branches often with a little drawing or parting note attached, and it's a huge deal for the children.

In Hammer Bakker close to where I work there is such a pacifier tree (in Danish "Suttetræ"). I didn't now until I passed by today almost by accident. This tree had been visited many times based on the number of pacifiers left here, and the majority of them obviously have been hanging there for quite a while since many of them were moldy and blackened .The ones on this shot looked like they were left here recently ... I hope the child who left them behind had no regrets...

Here's an older photo (photo credit to Jørgen Kristensen) where you can see the whole tree:
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Gear used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Meyer Optik Görlitz Trioplan f2.8/100mm.
Very pretty capture and story to go with it.
posted March 23rd, 2018  
What a sweet idea - and must help the children to stop using their pacifiers, or dummies as we call them!
posted March 23rd, 2018  
What a great tradition to break the children from need of the pacifier.
posted March 23rd, 2018  
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