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Deacon Cemetery

January13

So the weekend after I got my new camera, my husband Trever and I were driving around, running errands and looking for awesome places to take pictures.  We decided to go to Morton for lunch, and on the way , drove by a cemetery on Queenwood Road.  DSC_00972Because we were hungry, we decided to stop back after we had lunch.

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I had Trever let me off on the side of the road, and then he turned around and pulled off in a little field access road, the only near place to park.  We wandered around the cemetery taking pictures and marveling at the pattens in the snow drifts.  Not a living soul had visited the inhabitants since the recent snow.DSC_00861

The snow and wind made incredible drifts around the stones. It was out in the middle of a corn field, nothing blocking the wild and blowing snow.  The textures on the drifts, and the patterns the wind had made were beautiful.

DSC_00781The stones were old, but there were also a few more recent head stones. Maybe recent family members wished to be laid to rest near their loved ones. Long lives, short lives, lives cut too short, too soon.DSC_00801

Once the cold wind got to us, we made our way out of the cemetery and back to the car.  I stopped for a few last pictures of the wrought iron fence, and made my way down the slippery slope and to the car.  Trever started the car, and we realized the car was stuck in the mud.  Trev rocked the car back and forth and we were almost out of the rut several times, but to no avail. I finally got out and gave the car a small push, just enough to get it going, only being splashed with a little bit of mud.  I guess it was my penance for suggesting he park the car there in the first place.DSC_00961DSC_00711DSC_00921

Lakeview Cemetery

January3

Angel The Lakeview Cemetery Association was established in 1922.  Yet there are many graves dating well before that.  It is the largest cemetery in Pekin, and has some of the most beautiful funerary art in the area. I have always found cemeteries to be fascinating.  The art on the memorial stones are illuminating, showing just a little of a person’s life on them. or how they should be remembered.  Angels, urns,  drapery, masonic symbols, the list goes on.  I am drawn to taking photos of cemeteries.  The older the better.  I first saw this angel about 18 years ago while doing a Broken Stonehigh school photography project.  This is the first digital image I have taken of her though. Goddess of the Cemetery

While driving through the unpaved paths, I found various other stones that contained beautiful imagery and carvings.  A goddess-like statue, a worm pyramid , a magnificent urn, and many others. The goddess had had a recent visitor , she had a Christmas wreath at her feet.  Most of the older graves look like they had not been Ancient Stonevisited for some time.

One day I hope to travel to some of the worlds most ancient burial grounds, but for now  I am content to see all of what our area has to offer.Draped Urn


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