Friday, March 7, 2014

Personal Photo Challenge - Words & Letters

This month's photo challenge is an exciting one for me. Coming from a family of educators words and letters are everything to us, our bread and butter so to speak. Words have power, weight. Words can convey so much more than perhaps we might even have intended.

As I thought about what I might want to photograph I had only to raise my eyes to the wall behind my desk. Every day for the last 13 years this little note has peeked out from behind pictures of my children and grandchildren telling me that I am loved. Written by my eldest grandson when he was small it makes me smile daily. Now that's powerful affirmation!


I decided to go into town to see what else I could find. Most of you know I live in a very small mountain town with one street and a stop sign. There are the usual signs for the gas station and the small market but right along the main street is the Georgetown Pioneer Cemetery. There in plain view are words written in stone meant to last for the ages.

Here's what I found as I wandered...




Let me just say that I have always had an affinity for graveyards. Not the modern day graveyards that most of us are familiar with where our recently deceased family members are interred. These seem rather sterile and cold to me. You are not allowed to erect monuments in modern graveyards because those make the lawns too difficult to mow. No, I love an old graveyard full of monuments erected to defy death and the passage of time. Some are heart breaking in their messages of grief and loss but I have always loved imagining the lives and stories behind those messages. Morbid maybe, but I prefer to think it's just the history major in me.

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Until next time,

27 comments:

  1. I did not know you lived in such a rural community! How nice. I would love that!
    XO Kris

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    1. Kris, our town is so small that we quite literally know every body and every body knows what we're up to. When relatives come to stay if they stop in town for gas people comment to them,"Oh you must be Pat's SIL I heard you were coming to visit."

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  2. I love your photos. The first one has so much meaning to you. I also love old cemeteries, as you do, for their 'personality' and history. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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    1. This photo challenge has certainly got me looking at things in a new way and I'm loving that.

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  3. Those were good choices. I've always liked to walk through old cemeteries, too. Puts things in perspective. Beautiful photos for the challenge.

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    1. Thank you so much. It's kind of melancholy walking through a cemetery but soothing too, I can't explain it but I like it. Thanks for coming by.

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  4. I have a collage bulletin board like that too...it's my favorite! Yours made me smile!! I know what you mean about words and even old cemetaries....ours is included on my long walk and I always find myself curious of life way back when...thanks for sharing your photo journey with us...ya started my weekend perfectly. :)

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    1. My board keeps growing as the kids give me artwork and new little snapshots are added. It brightens my days since most of my grands live far, far away and I don't see them as often as I would like.

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  5. The "I love you" note is such a precious keepsake! I bet it brings you comfort on a daily basis. And your composition, with the note surrounded by family snapshots, emphasizes the message. Oh, how sweet to see a statement of love on a gravestone, but how sad it is to see the disrepair of the site. And the "unknown" marker sure does tug at your heartstrings. Wonderful selection for the challenge, and I appreciate you joining up. (P.S. I love to go to old cemeteries too!)

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    1. The child's grave so lovingly constructed and then abandoned just broke my heart. I'm still thinking about what might have happened to that family. Thanks for hosting this challenge it's making me grow for sure.

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  6. I love taking pics in cemeteries and I've noticed more photographers at them in the last few years. The "I love you" is priceless! All great pics.

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    1. I had so many pics to choose from it was hard to narrow it down but as you know not all the photos you take are good ones so being critical and trying to tell a story helped. Thanks for coming by Dogwood Lane.

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  7. Interesting contrast of photos. I can understand your joy looking at your family photos and that little note written by an innocent baby. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne for stopping by. That note has been there for at least 13 years and makes me happy every day.

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  8. I never thought of visiting a graveyard for this challenge, but what a perfect place to capture word and letters. And then to wonder about the life stories behind them. You and I must be kindred spirits! :)

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    1. I'm sure we are Nancy since we're interested in so many of the same things ;). Isn't the internet an amazing place for bringing like minded people together?

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  9. Those are some nice photos. Like you, I enjoy the historical value in older graveyards.

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    1. When we lived in So Cal we were down the block from an historic Calif Mission and I often took the children through the graveyard after Sunday mass to talk about the people buried there and the history behind the grave markers.

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  10. Great choices! These little handwritten notes by our dear ones are precious mementos. I have a note written by my son when he was about seven, that I will never part with. I love old graveyards too, they offer up many great photo ops.

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    1. Funny the little things that Moms hold on to. But small things often bring large rewards and great comfort.

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  11. Wow, that last graveyard photo is stunning. The "unknown" is a little sad. Amid all those monuments and remembrances, somebody's story has been forgotten.

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    1. That's what struck me too Cristal. Because this is a pioneer cemetery there are many graves of unknown miners. folks who passed without relatives and without a penny for their burial. Their loved ones back home probably never knew what happened to them and that is very sad.

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  12. You've found love in a couple of nice places. A note from a grandson and the words on someone's gravestone. The little white picket fence is cute around the grave and I hope someone will fix it to be what it once was.

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    1. I thought the child's grave was so forlorn. Someone so wanted to make it nice with a happy, childish theme but time and sadness have taken over completely. I doubt that it will be repaired but will simply continue to fall into more disarray. Melancholy is the word that comes to mind.

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  13. I agree Patricia, I've always been drawn to the old cemeteries too.
    My daughter's house in a village in France backs on to a very old Church and small cemetery. When I'm there I often pop in there for a wander!
    A precious "love note" from your eldest grandson! I've saved every letter, card and drawing from my granddaughters too!
    Love your 'words and letters' - it was a fun challenge!
    Hugs
    Shane

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    1. Thanks for visiting Shane I would love to wander through your daughter's village cemetery what stories those markers could tell.

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  14. I agree -- love old cemeteries, the older the better! My husband enjoys looking around in cemeteries and finding out if anyone died on his birthday. I like to see how much of a person's life and relationships are evident in their burial. Some of them show so much faith. Beautiful photos!

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