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Old 10-25-2010, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Photo Challenge #98 'Graveyards!' {10-25-10}

It's getting close to Halloween! Ooooh, ghosts, scary apparitions and tombstones! I paid a visit to the older section of the local cemetery this morning. The weather was dull and moist, so the photos I took are very somber. It's a very interesting place to visit and get a small idea of history and generations gone by. In our small town of 10,000 inhabitants, of Sottish origins, it was eye opening to see graves with the surnames of folks who still live in town. I myself am an immigrant so don't have that kind of history here. It was also interesting to see the ages of the people who died. Take some time this week to visit a cemetery.....the older the better! I hope this isn't a morbid subject for you and I apologize if you have had a recent bereavement and painful memories are brought forward.
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I am posting early, as I leave for Texas in the wee hours.
My photos are of a couple of random tombstones, and the last one is a couple of stones flat on the ground, two infant daughters.....so sad, but that happened a lot in the past and we've come a long way in saving babies' loves!
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:11 PM   #2
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Oops, I see the last photo didn't get added. I put my foot in the photograph to show that this stone was flat on the ground.
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DH & his brother at their GGgrandpas stone.
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Hmm - I quite like old graveyards, but to be honest I don't even know where the local cemetery is. And we saw some wonderful old graves when we were down in Clare last month. It might take me some time to get to this unless I'm in town and can walk over to the old Huguenot graveyard in the city centre.
I really like the shape of the stone in that second photo.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:56 AM   #5
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I think old cemeteries are quite interesting. Wish I still had my 4-wheel drive as there is an old pioneer cemetery northwest of me. One of the sites had a wrought iron type crib.
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they are very interesting but sad too, the mortality rate for newborns and children was so high....
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I wish I could post some photos from a graveyard in Milan, Italy that I took a couple of years ago! Their headstones are so ornate and beautiful.

I can't wait to see what everyone posts. I love graveyards/headstones.
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Here are two that I took at the graveyard yesterday.
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We love walking through cemeteries or taking bike rides through them. I've walked them at night (won't ever do it again though... too scary!! lol) We have one that is just 5 secs down the road from us that I'll have to take little one to and have a photoshoot. Always walk it when I'm pregnant and look for names. Oldest child's name actually came from a gravestone, Carmen, twas a baby headstone but I loved the name.

Until I can get to the local cemetery, I have to share these pictures, these are in the cemetery next town over and we were actually geocaching there that day but had to take some pictures of the interesting headstones as we had never seen any like them before.
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I wish I could post some photos from a graveyard in Milan, Italy that I took a couple of years ago! Their headstones are so ornate and beautiful.

I can't wait to see what everyone posts. I love graveyards/headstones.
If you have them, post!! I love seeing the world through others eyes since I know I'll never make it to all these places. That's what so great about this challenge. I'm traveling the world without leaving my house. (Sure would love to though!)
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Amber, that gravestone with a seat is so interesting. Never seen one like it before.
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I decided to take a run up to this old Pioneer Cemetery that is about 70 miles northwest of me and I was able to manage the road without a 4-wheel drive. The second photo has a little boy who died April 14, 1897 at the age of 2 yrs 10 mos and 13 days. The third photo has a little girl who died in 1898 at the age of 1 mo 10 days. The cemetery is from the 1800s with very few markers. I suspect from the size of the graves that most, if not all, are children. The most recent marker was a 91 yr old fellow who died in 1900 and possible the last grave. The bulk of the graves just have rocks placed around them.
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These are some of the others I photographed.
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That seat one really is amazing, Amber - I've never seen anything like that.
I like your arch one too, MariLynn - again, I've not seen anything like that here.
It goes without saying that I've never seen anything like the pioneer graves - I especially like that first shot, the wooden one.
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This is a graveyard directly across the street from the World Trade Center, if I remember correctly, not one window or grave stone was broken. It's now a memorial for 9/11.
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annburke, that is interesting to know and amazing.
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I too like going to cemetaries and looking at all the stones. It often occurs to me that some of thes people have no one left to remember them so I often read their names aloud. My family thinks this is a morbid hobby of mine but then they think that about me when I read all the obituraries in the newspapers and on line. You can learn so much from the stones. Next time I go will take along muy camera.
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MariLynn - Interesting arch. Haven't seen anything like it.

The Pioneer Cemetery is very intersting. The ones with the "fences" or whatever they called them are almost spooky looking. Something you might see out of a horror movie.
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Everyone has captured such unique shots, I liked viewing them all but the dessert photos, arch stone and chair are really favorites.

We stopped at the cemetary on our walk today, we too find it interesting to look at the old stones, so much history!
When my granddaughter was about four I took her to this cemetary and walked around just before Halloween so she wouldn't be scared of them like my daughter is...she'd hold her breath while passing a cemetary in the card and I have no idea where she got that from and decided my granddaughter shouldn't be scared of them her auntie!
My GD really enjoyed that day and had me reading all the stones and felt sad that some of them died so young. They date back to the early 1800s and maybe beyond since you can't read many of the stones.

So here's what I found today, nice big trees in the cemetary and really like the ghostly looking stone for Halloween.
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Neat Challenge! I moved here about 3 yrs ago so I'm not familiar with any cemetaries close by but I'll have to scout about tomorrow and see what I can find.

REally neat photos so far! How interesting that they're all so different...
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That ghost one is weird, Roxie. You'd wonder who'd choose to have one like that, but each to their own. I like the wide-angle one with the trees - that and the ones from near the WTC made me think that here I wouldn't expect to see trees except round the perimeter.
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At long last I have a photo for this. Mind you, I am more showing the view than the graveyard. I think if you were buried here you'd have a tomb with a view. This is the Aghadoe Burial Ground, above the lakes in Killarney. Typical Irish weather, although at least it wasn't raining; last time we were at a funeral there it was windy and pouring rain - almost exactly the same time of year.
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I'm so glad this was moved to the top because I have a few pics to add. The first was taken at an old cemetary in Rockford, AL and the other 2 were taken at Arlington. The one of the shoes is the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the tour they told us about how long the guards spent polishing their shoes and I thought it was a unique shot. Thanks for looking!
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That one of the shoes is a fabulous shot, it really tells its own story.
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Michelle - I LOVE that last shot of the shoes. Needs to be framed.

Sabrina - K, I want to be buried there!! Love that view, great picture.
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Two more graveyards from me, and both in such wonderful scenic settings.
The first one is beside a lake.
The second one is on an island that's an island at high-tide, but at lower tides you can walk out to it. (Or drive, obviously...)
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