Sheep Labor

Visited an old cemetery outside of Philadelphia this weekend…. and passed about 100 others. This area is a taphophile’s paradise!  The reason we actually visited this one is that the lawn is maintained by three sheep, and why wouldn’t you go to a cemetery that has sheep!  I couldn’t actually get close enough to pet them (though I tried!), so I just have to imagine how soft they feel when I look at the photos.

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where the angels live

It’s been forever since I’ve been togging at a cemetery, but I finally made time to wander around Allegheny National Cemetery this weekend. The main goal was to try out a wide angle lens that has recently been added to my collection– what an experience that is! Slight shifts in the camera and you get completely different perspectives, a bit like looking at a funhouse mirror. It’s fun, but definitely going to take some practice. I’ve also played around alot today with the processing… usually I try to keep a similar tone throughout, but some of these just needed to be B/W and others needed color–so you get a mix of both.

in the meantime…

Took a trip to Chicago this weekend… saw some friends, drank a bit of beer, ate WAY too much food, oh– and took a few too many pictures 🙂 We went to the Shedd Aquarium, and in 5 hours managed to take 850 photos (and my husband has another 500 or so for me to work with!). Since it’ll probably take all night for me just to get the photos into Lightroom, I decided to post some pics from my last vacation back in November. So, here’s two very very old graves (sadly, I don’t know how old and didn’t see dates on them) from Williamsburg, Virginia. I’m pretty sure, based on the imagery and location, that they are the oldest graves I’ve ever togged.

angel detail

angel

skull

skull detail

fallen

Numbers mean nothing.  You can hear about how many “troops” die, but it’s really hard to grasp that a “troop” is a person, and how many people die for a “cause.” Visiting Arlington National cemetery, and seeing the rows upon rows of white graves, knowing that it is but a small number of the men and women who have died in war is… sobering.

winter’s arrived

This winter has been so strange; it’s already mid-February and it feels like the season has just started! I was a bit excited to head out this morning and take some photos at the cemetery in the snow… but then I remember why I don’ t like winter and the white stuff. First, it’s cold. Second, white snow is a huge pain on exposure.  Third, gloves and camera buttons don’t mix.  Fourth, I like color and shades of grey, white-grey, brown-grey and greyer grey are not my ideal color scheme. And did I mention I don’t like cold?  Well, it’ll be gone soon and I did get a few shots that I like, and the snow does add a different element to photos so I guess if it’s just once or twice a year, I’ll deal.  So anyways, here’s a few of the keepers from my mini-excursion.

grave hunting

Awhile back, I heard about an abandoned cemetery in Connellsville, PA. Well, there’s really not much reason to go to Connellsville so I haven’t been there to check it out, but this weekend I was in the Laurel Highlands getting some fall foliage shots (don’t worry…those pics will be posted soon) and Connellsville was only 20 minutes out of the way, so my husband and I decided to check it out on our way home. Once we got there, I realized that I only had space for 50 photos (will definitely be buying a bigger card soon!). Then of course, I realized that the cemetery is HUGE! It’s not necessarily abandoned like I’d read, someone is clearly mowing the grass, but it is overgrown. And there are some graves in the (very very thorny and mosquito-y) woods that I did sacrifice my tender flesh to get some shots of…

a crypt at St. Mary’s…

This is one of the most unique crypts I have seen.  It dates back to the late 1800’s and can be found in St. Mary’s cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.  The blackened stones are a wonderful contrast to the plant life that is beginning to grow out of all of the crevices.  Here are some of my favorite shots of this crypt.  To bring out the full detail of the crypt in the main picture,my flickr friend, Chemival, helped me out with the HDR and post-processing.