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.

Wash Woods cemetery

Last week, I visited False Cape State Park— a park that is between Virginia Beach and North Carolina and accessible only by foot, bike or paddle boat… or tram. The idea of a tram tour wasn’t too exciting since I like to meander and take photos and watch birds, but there was NNOOOO way I was going to walk 10 miles roundtrip with a heat index of over 100F (37.8C)! However, I knew there was a cemetery from the Wash Woods settlement that had been abandoned in the 1930’s, and the cemetery was on the tour– so off I went. Am so glad I did! Got some great shots of herons and egrets along the way, and the cemetery with it’s sea shell gifts was well worth the trip.

resting by the sea

One of the things that attracted my husband to Puerto Rico when deciding on where we should go on vacation was the cemetery in Old San Juan. It’s next to the ocean, between the two forts, and absolutely gorgeous with all of the white crosses and statues. Unfortunately, it didn’t appear to be open to the public. However, you could get pretty close to it by walking out along the fort walls, and I managed to get some pretty good shots. I will confess though, I didn’t see the green parakeets… my husband texted me and I was running over but they flew away before I got there 😦

a warm and sunny cemetery

A long time ago, a Flickr contact sent me directions to a couple old Jewish cemeteries that, while being less than 10 miles from my house, I would have never ever found on my own. It took forever for me to get around to them, but last weekend I finally made it and had a bit of fun. There were three cemeteries next to each other in fenced off sections, each a mix of old and new graves. Being Jewish cemeteries, it was a nice change from the crosses and angels that I typically find. I look forward to going back this autumn, there are so many trees I suspect the colors will be wonderful!

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

Allegheny National Cemetery- Statue Edition

I get a bit self-conscious photographing live models… much prefer the ones in stone.

Allegheny National Cemetery- Wildlife Edition

After the walk down Penn Ave and togging the neighborhood (seen here), our group ended up at the Allegheny National Cemetery.  I’m always amazed at how much wildlife you run into in Pittsburgh cemeteries, so this post is about all the life in the cemetery.  Not as many geese as I ran into awhile back at the Homewood Cemetery, but there were a lot of deer.  It started with me noticing one little fellow wondering along.  We played a bit of peek-a-boo as I tried to get closer and closer… and then the next thing I know is there were like 15 deer on parade!  I also tried to get close get close enough to get some nice photos of a hawk, but he flew away too quickly.  The one here is one helluva crop, but still not bad imo.