11 March 2015

The Irish Plot in Middletown, Rhode Island

I missed this small cemetery in my many visits to Rhode Island. A reason for another trip!

23 November 2014

Zion Cemetery - White GA

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

Metairie Cemetery - New Orleans

Minerva Benevolent Society Mausoleum

21 October 2014

Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA

Something a little bit spooky as we approach Halloween.

28 September 2014

Myrtle Hill - Rome Georgia

Situated on a hill over looking the city of Rome Georgia, Myrtle Hill is a great example of the Rural Cemetery and one of the most picturesque in the state.

17 August 2014

Oconee Hill Cemetery - Athens, Georgia

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

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 - New Orleans

The magnificent cemeteries of New Orleans. Lafayette No. 1 is in the French Quarter across the street from Commanders Palace.

13 July 2014

Oak Hill Cemetery - Cartervsille, Georgia

Looks like this cemetery has been in use continuously for 150+ years, expanding whenever more space was needed.

30 May 2014

Decoration Day

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