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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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.

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!

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.

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.

 

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.