Posts Tagged ‘graves

07
Dec
18

eternal view…

Pioneer cemetery in Central Oregon, Mt. Hood in the distance.

18
Nov
16

then & now…

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08
Oct
16

Taphophilia…

Taphophile: an interest in graves, cemeteries, funerals. Also, a graver, grave hunter, tombstone tourist. 

tapho-photographer and explorer, I suppose. Certainly not the more crass ‘graver’ to be sure. To be one, a label, is far easier than explaining the magic, power, charm and humanizing quality of strolling through a cemetery. Given where I live, Oregon/U.S., the cemeteries are certainly not ancient. They are more of the ‘pioneer’ or settler variety. Yet, the drama of suspected life and the visual certainty of death creates drama’s that touch one as you stroll through a cemetery. I walk away from such encounters feeling more spiritual and more connected to history.

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28
Feb
16

In remembrance….

What some notables have on their grave markers…

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26
Sep
15

Always prompts questions…

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15
Jan
15

Ornamental sentiments

may more than dark clouds

cry upon my leaving here 

spread my ashes in the stream

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11
Jan
15

Cemetery: It was the thought that counted….

If you have followed along with SwittersB, you know I like exploring Oregon’s pioneer cemeteries. The markers make all manner of suggestion to me as I stroll about. Several children passing on the same day or within days of one another (an accident, disease, or worse). Historical names to the area or region are found. Or names that suggest further research and new discoveries.

Often the pioneer cemeteries are maintained by a core volunteers who tend to the grounds, the markers and records. Keeping track of where the graves are can be difficult if the markers are moved or overgrown. Here the markers are propped up against the primary family marker. Who were these people deserving of only a set of initials? Did finances limit the attention to details? Were they outcasts or distant cousins or son and daughter-in-laws? The leaning markers captured my imagination this time. It was the thought that counted at the time to make a marker I suppose. Now they are propped up as a fading reminder. Thank you to the volunteers that maintain this cemetery in the Columbia River Gorge.

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02
Nov
14

Cemetery Hill

“Here lies George Johnson, Hanged by mistake, 1882.
He was right, we was wrong, but we strung him up and now he’s gone.”

Mistakenly hung for horse thievery; buried at Boot Hill

Isn’t it odd that we care to know more about a soul when dead than when they are alive? I am a devoted explorer of pioneer cemeteries. I enjoy strolling about obscure cemeteries and seeing if I can draw out poignant images, dramas, tragedies and beauty too.

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26
Sep
14

Don’t Fence Me In….

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“Don’t Fence Me In” 

Rob Fletcher, Cowboy Poet, 1934

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in

Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in

I want to ride to the ridge where the West commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can’t look at hobbles and I can’t stand fences
Don’t fence me in

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11
May
14

Didn’t make it…………..

photography-SwittersB-dead tree-natureWell now, not being superstitious…too much…there was something a bit off putting to have this dead tree in close proximity to my parent’s graves. Just sayin’ However, it did make for a chance at depth of field.




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