Photo Friday, No. 338

Current Photo Friday theme: At Rest


Blanket of coreopsis in Galveston, Texas, cemetery, 2007.

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10 Responses to Photo Friday, No. 338

  1. Robert Edler says:

    What a pleasant resting place. Do the flowers bloom all summer or just in spring? That looks like a very historic section of the cemetery, too.

    • Becky says:

      I’ve been down there when they aren’t blooming, but I imagine they must through all of spring and maybe part of summer until it gets too hot.

      I believe this is Old City Cemetery, and if it is, Confederate General Magruder is buried there. I didn’t know that when I was there. I’ll have to go back and look for his grave.

  2. Marika says:

    this is gorgeous … Lisa … another place on our graveyard tour~`!

  3. ablueskyboy says:

    I’ve always liked a moon in the daylight, which I’m guessing this is closer to the no moon at night. And having a near-full (daylight) moon watching over the flowers of the resting must be reassuring their sleep won’t be disturbed.

    • Becky says:

      I’m a moon freak. I think part of it is because my middle name is a variation on that ol’ moon goddess Diana.

  4. Jim S. says:

    I really enjoy walking through historic cemeteries. We have an event here every fall in HSV at Maple Hill Cemetery (HSV’s most historic) called “The Maple Hill Stroll.” People dress in character and stand at the grave of some well-known “resident” of the cemetery (Sen. John Sparkman is just one) and perform interactive monologues about his/her character’s life. It’s a “Don’t Miss” if you happen to be in HSV in October.

    The most historic cemetery I’ve visited is one I happened upon in Nashville, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. There are lots of prominent Tennessee Civil War vets buried there and the cemetery will loan you a DVD player and you can walk at your own pace through the grounds for hours and hear wonderful stories. For me, the best part of that cemetery is that is occupies one of the highest hills I’ve ever seen used as a place of burial. It almost makes me want to rethink my own desire to be cremated. I have claustrophobia – no laughing, please – and the thought of being buried underground in a small enclosed box creeps me out.

    While I have a very strong aversion to the smell of fresh cut flowers (an occupationally-acquired distaste) I love your photo with, what first looked to me to be “black-eyed Susans.” One does not often see wild flowers sown to grow like that in the too-well-kept, highly manicured, modern cemeteries that occupy most of our cities.

    It is a stunning photograph. Two thumbs up (in memory of Roger Ebert).

    • Becky says:

      Thank you very much. And I was so sad about Roger Ebert.

      I’m not laughing, trust me. I feel the same and also have directed that I be cremated. Beyond that, I leave it to Tom or whoever to decide what to do with my ashes–though I’ve given suggestions, of course! (Bossy Aries.)

      Both cemeteries you’ve described sound fascinating. Old and historic cemeteries always draw me, and though I find them serene, I can say I wouldn’t hang out in one at night. =)

      I think one of my favorites was Congressional Cemetery in D.C. (I once wrote about it here.) At the time we visited it, looking for a particular grave, it was very run down. There’s since been a major effort to restore and repair it.

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