Taking a short break from vacation photos (yes, I still have more to blog).
I needed to get out of the house and go shoot some photos. Many months ago, a friend suggested going to a cemetery. There was one close by that was easy to get to, and since I was short on time, it was the perfect destination.
This cemetery is small. I would guess roughly 200 people buried here. It is, however, historic. It's located next to the city's historic church and museums. Many of the city's founders are buried here. I recognized a lto of names as I walked by the headstones.
I'm not one to venture into cemeteries. In fact, with the exception of my grandfather's graveside service (and I use that term loosely since it wasn't really a service, just us watching them lower the casket), I've only been in 1 cemetery one time, and it was because my boyfriend's mom thought it would be fun to drive through. I didn't (and still don't) understand the attraction to spending one's leisure time looking at graves of strangers. However I had a different mission today. To look at things through a photographer's eye and capture some unique and eye-catching images.
However, being interested in history, I found myself being as curious about the stories of the people there as I was about getting artsy photos.
|While it's not super artsy, I was captured by the dates. Their birthdays were 1 day apart. And he died 6 months after her. The romantic in me says he died of a broken heart. But being 78 probably didn't help things any.|
|I was captured by this spider web and the way it glistened in the sun. Trying to respect the grave sites, I was unable to get a great angle, but I thought this was pretty good.|
|Poor little girl. She was born 4 days before my sister. And only 19 months when she passed away. I don't even want to entertain thoughts as to why she died so young.|
|This was a large pillar marking the family's site. One of the 2 middle schools in the city is named for him.|
|I was captured by this bench, crumbing and falling over. The tree behind it. |
It was a lot more enthralling than I could capture.
|Initially I was caught off-guard with the name. It's the same last name as one of Andrew's friends - I wonder if there's any relation. It's a beautiful headstone. I love the softness of the bushes around the stone.|