Photographer's Note

A winter view from Budzowy Wierch (meaning 'Mount of the Budz family', 890 m) upon the upper-central part of Murzasichle (centre) and the Zgorzelisko hill (background).

Murzasichle is a village situated at the very proximity of Tatra Mts, between 820-950 m altitute.
The name of Murzasichle is complex and intersting. The core dialect word here is 'Sichła' (meaning proably 'the swamp' or 'a humid meadow/forest'), such areas can be found in the lower part of the village. The central part (visible at the photo) was called 'Za Sichłą' (dialect: Za Siychłom) meaning 'Behind the Swamp'. 'Zasichle' is a noun coined from the above (A-Place-Behind-The-Swamp).

'Mur' (meaning either 'The Wall' or 'Epidemic desease', probably the latter) was another part of the village, located to the north. So the junction is: 'Mur-Zasichle'. Ironically, Mur does not belong to the village anymore, but the name remained. It is exotic and many Poles do not know how to pronounce it (r and z are read separately, not as the polish 'RZ' digraph).

The village had a strong Carpathian identity, the inhabitants are likely to have Romanian and Ruthenian blood. Now the rural and pastoral character is partially gone, and most people own big houses with rooms for tourists. If you look carefully, you will notice a contrast between some smaller, older buildings and the big new ones. Some wood stored for new constructions is also visible.

The mount in the background (Zgorzelisko 1105 m) means 'a burnt place', but it is now covered with forest again. It has a skilift which can be seen (a little) in the right slope of the mount.

The cemetery in the foreground is the only one in the village. It is relatively new and therefore there are still free places. The little stone building in its walls is a funeral chapel. The cross has been installed this year (2019).

Finally, you can see two sleighs drawn by horses, a traditional means of transport now used as an entertainment four tourists, or for traditional occasions (winter weddings). Here there are only two coachmen, probably it is a trial ride for horses.

The name of the photo refers to the winter season, but also to the cemetery, which I believe is only a temporary dwelling.

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