30 March 2010
28 March 2010
Here you see people (tourists) on one of the many sight seeing tours you can take around San Francisco. The building in the back is what I believe to be military barracks. The Presidio is huge and dates back to the late 1700's when the Spanish ran California...
Here is a wider view where you can see more of the size of things. The orange/brown fence in the back is where they're doing the construction...
27 March 2010
26 March 2010
It is an angel without a face. She's stunning really. Of course, this isn't her most flattering side.
The tomb stone itself is just amazing. This angel comes from the headstone of Phoebe Trexler, the wife of Nathan Trexler. She lived from February 2nd, 1801, until December19, 1873. She was blessed with 5 children. They were Emeline, Sarah, Edwin, Charles and James.
There doesn't seem to be anything fancy about Phoebe or anything that made her famous that I could find. However, this tombstone is just amazing. For being over 100 years old, the detail is just amazing.
What else got me is that her husbands headstone is just about the same. However, that is an article for another day.
25 March 2010
24 March 2010
Eagles nest in very tall trees with clear views, Florida eagles in late fall and early winter when food is in abundance. The nests can be as much as 20 feet thick and ten feet across, and they will occupy the nest for decades. One to four eggs are laid and incubated for 33 to 35 days when the first eaglet hatches. They weigh ¼ of a pound upon hatching , within three months they have about 7,000 feathers and gain up to 12 pounds. Young eaglets are the fastest growing birds of all birds in America and leave the nest at 10-12 weeks of age. Many Florida eagles are year round residents while others migrate north as far as Canada. Today the eagles are threatened by human disturbance, habitat loss, exposure to pesticides and collisions with vehicles. It was a privilege for me to witness this amazing site. I tried to zoom in and get the best possible shots with how far up the nest was and how high the parents were flying. At one point the sun was so bright in my eyes, I was simply pointing the camera in the air and randomly snapping. I was happy to get home and find that a few in flight pictures were captured. The photos were taken with a Canon Power Shot A540 camera.
Getting back to the reason for my visit to the cemetery, I also photographed an interesting part of American history, several grave stones marked with signs that read, “Former Slave.” I mean no disrespect by posting these photos. The loved ones of the deceased show honor to their ancestors and their heritage, and I have the highest respect for that homage. I hope you will enjoy seeing these photos as much as I did shooting them.
Avid Taphophile and Victorian Mourning historian, Victoriana Lady Lisa Lewis. You can find more of my cemetery visits at www.VictorianaLady.com on my Taphophilia page.
18 March 2010
16 March 2010
15 March 2010
14 March 2010
It was a very gloomy Sunday indeed. It was wet, cold, windy, and cloudy. Just a miserable day today and I decided to go to a cemetery after work. I took a few pictures here and there in a few cemeteries but this one is my favorite and I just wanted to share it.
I took this on a visit to Chingford Mount cemetery earlier today. Certain details caught my eye, the fact it was beautifully carved, so intricate and also that it had survived well. It shows clasped hands but you can clearly see they are a male and female. The woman’s hand even has a bracelet. I also loved the roses and the (real) snail living in it!
More Tombstone Tales by Patrick Bernauw: Ghost Writings.
12 March 2010
11 March 2010
It kept a good distance as long as I was moving and then ignored me once I stopped. It would stop now and then to chew on a nut and then move on to doing some digging. I think I became more interested in the squirrel than it was in me. I'm pretty sick minded sometimes and for some reason I always drift to these ideas of having to survive during a disaster or something. I figured given that type of situation I wonder what squirrel tastes like? Not that I had planned on eating this little thing but just hypothetically. It seemed to have some meat on it and I've heard of country people eating them all the time. I prefer to stick to what I know which is mainly cows and chickens but after those were all gone I figured if I could get that close to a squirrel they'd be on my list after all the regular things were gone.
And now I realize I must be very tired this morning because I just spent 20 minutes writing about a squirrel and how I'd probably eat it if I had to. Looking at this picture I may have to opt for something else. Squirrels may just be safe based on cuteness alone. And now I'm rambling about a squirrel. My job has made me absolutely crazy...
10 March 2010
09 March 2010
The Moravians came over from Germany and the Czech Republic in the 18th century. At the time, the religion was called Unitas Fratrum, or Unity of the Brethren. They came over to the United States with Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf. They landed in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and on Christmas Eve in 1741, Bethlehem was founded.
Emmaus was settled around the same time but was established as a town in 1759. The site of the original Moravian Church is next to God's Acre and a stone stands there marking the spot.
Emmaus was a closed Moravian Community. If you weren't Moravian, you weren't welcome to stay there. Same went with the cemetery. I don't know the exact date, but if you weren't Moravian, you couldn't be buried on God's Acre.
For some more information on God's Acre and the Moravian Tradition, click here.
08 March 2010
07 March 2010
Fort Ross was the southernmost establishment of Russia between 1812 and 1841. In 1809 Ivan Kuskov sailed into what we call Bodega Bay and returned with beaver skins and over 1000 otter pelts. It was then ordered that an establishment be made in this area. It's name derives from the Russian "Rus" but much like every other foreign word that enters the English language we assumed they were saying Ross. The fort was also used as a central hub between Alta California and Alaska to get supplies to smaller bases along the coast to Alaska . The colony consisted of Russians, Aleuts and what they called Creoles (the product of Russian men and Alaskan or other Native women).
The cemetery was excavated in the early 90's as a research project to determine how well Russian Orthodox customs could be followed given the multiple ethnicities and beliefs that were found to be active there at the time. They also discovered that there were 131 graves. This is about 80 more than previously thought. Many of the crosses had likely deteriorated over the years and could not be accounted for. Although there are accounts of some Europeans being buried with a box over their grave none of these exist. The only think still standing are several of the Russian Orthodox crosses and a large one seen in the picture at the head of the cemetery. All of the graves face east as dictated by the Russian Orthodox canon.
Sometimes I feel like I get more out of a cemetery like this than the ones on a grand scale. The scenery and the history sometimes outweigh the art. Just over the hill to the right the Pacific Ocean beats against the rocks. Although there was not much to see here I could have stayed their all day listening to the waves beating the shore and feeling the cool ocean breeze...