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Monday, May 23, 2011

Part Three: Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia

I know it sounds weird to love cemeteries and to equally love photographing them.

But I really do, on both counts.

Visiting a cemetery is like going to a park to me, and an obvious reminder
to live your life to the fullest while you are blessed to live on this earth.

And a reminder to honor those lives that were lost before ours.

I always wonder what the people were like under each headstone...
what their culture and home life was like.

Who they loved, who they lost, who they fought, what their hopes and dreams were.

So today, I am posting more pictures of the most awesome cemetery (Bonaventure Cemetery) I have ever seen. (If you missed Parts ONE and TWO, just drop below this post to see them).

The headstones were ornate and more like art.

The setting was gorgeous with huge, ancient oak trees hanging with Spanish moss.


We wished we had time to read each and every headstone, because they all told their own stories.

But most were so ornate!:





One of the most famous headstones and gravesites
was the one of

Please click on the link above to learn more about
this dear 6 yr. old little girl.

Many people leave flowers at her gravesite.






I loved the rod iron fence surrounding her gravesite:







And that GATE! I loved it.
The little pink ribbon some visitor left at her gravesite put a tear in my eyes:







Her headstone was made in her EXACT likeness.
Read about it HERE:







There were several HUGE mausoleums like this one. Gorgeous, ornate doors, some with stained glass!:







This gravesite was amazingly covered with a tree and moss:
 The way I love the giant oak trees and the Spanish moss, it is my dream cemetery plot.
But wait, I thought I wanted to be creamated when my time comes....
Now, after seeing this cemetery, I am having doubts.
Then again...they could bury ashes and put some huge angel on me, right?
Some people would find humor in that...






All the headstones were so different, so unique...







Another one of the gravesites covered in plants and moss and trees!:







What an honor for this Mother and Father. A beautiful tribute!:






Loved this angel:







You'd think about being in a museum, rather than a cemetery...it was wonderful:

As you probably would have guessed, I still have more photos of this wondrous
cemetery to share with you next time...

17 comments:

rainfield61 said...

If you keep taking photos over there, you may find "something" in one or two of the them.

Amy said...

cool pics...did they give any info on what happened to Little Gracie? I clicked on the links...I know what you mean about being fascinated with cemetery's, they are so interesting...

Sandra said...

i am loving this, you did a super job of documenting all the beauty. the last time i was there the fence was not around Gracie, we could walk up and touch her, which i have done many times. i do like the fence and the gate and it is probably there due to vandalism in this historic cemetery. i really like the shots with the moss and trees and sunlight, so very beautiful. no problems writing today

diane b said...

A great variety of headstones and some are so big. I love the likeness sculpture of Gracie.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Here in India, we have the concept of burning the bodies to ashes and devoting the ashes to the Lord. So not much of cemetries for me to shoot here... :(
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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This place is amazing.Usually I don't care to go to cemeteries,but the ones out here are very simple compared to this one.

Eva Gallant said...

Wow! What an amazing cemetary! I find old cemetaries to be fascinating...especially reading some of the sayings put on old gravestones.

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

What a beautiful cemetary, and very different from the cemetaries we have here in Norway.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures,
and have a nice week:)
Greetings from,
Berit.

Emma Springfield said...

I am still reading your cemetery series with great fascination. Wonderful pictures. I so love the characters of the trees.

Loree said...

Such a beautiful place. So peaceful and serene. I love the moss covering the trees.

Brian Miller said...

ok that little girls statue is totally spooky...shivers...love cemetaries and i am the same way wondering what their stories are...

Wanda..... said...

Beautiful post, Joan...I've never seen anything like the gravesite of "Gracie"...the Spanish Moss draped stones are so serene and beautiful.

Hilary said...

So much history to be found here.. and stories. Beautiful pieces, aren't they?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Very nice, Joan. I too love cemeteries --and wonder about the lives of those buried there. Gracie must have been a very special little girl. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Snapper II said...

Hi
I was alerted to your post on Boniventure cemetary by some of my Blog friends. I would like to congratulate you on a fantastic presentation. I am born and raised here in Savannah and have family burried in Bonaventure. I enjoy my visits there, and have even taken advantage of some areas where we had picnic lunches. I never get tired of visiting "Little Gracie's" site. She tugs at the Heart strings of all who visit her, no matter how many time you visit. She seems to say "Please come back".
Again Great work.

L. D. Burgus said...

That would have been a wonderful place to visit. Each area in the country does different traditions for tombstones. I love the hanging moss.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A series of interesting posts, sad subjects but beautiful photographs.

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