Someone is still placing flowers at the grave of this Confederate solder who died in 1896. A relative? Son or Daughter of the Confederacy? I'm am always surprised at the care that is provided to so many tiny remote graveyards in rural areas.
I love the chiaroscuro effects provided by trees and gravestones on bright winter day.
26 October 2014
21 October 2014
28 September 2014
17 August 2014
The sexton at Oconee Hill is very strict about enforcing the no photography rule at his cemetery. Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to join the Athens Photography Guild on an approved photo outing there. The original section of the cemetery is not large, but I think it is one of the best examples of the rural cemetery style in Georgia.
23 July 2014
13 July 2014
30 May 2014
You don't hear the phrase Decoration Day much anymore, even in the South, but it was the original name for Memorial Day. Still, there is a long and ongoing tradition in the South to tend and decorate the graves of Civil War casualties and veterans. Does that mean there are those who think the Civil War was a just and noble cause? There are still some that do, but for many this is simply about paying respect to one's ancestors and honoring those that died in a war unlike any ever fought by the USA, one that took place in our own back yard. I don't romanticize those times, and no one can ignore the horrendous injustice of slavery, but there is a pull we all have to pay our respects to the dead, especially those who died in combat. We all hope that years form now there will be those that honor us, trying to remember what was good about us and forgiving what was not.
|Cassville Cemetery - Cassville Georgia|