Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween, Memento Mori

Headstones 10-12-2008 11-22-49 AM

It is Halloween, that time of Trick-or-Treat, El Dia de los Muertos, All Soul’s Day and the annual SMU burying ground post.

Old burying grounds in New England can be beautiful this time of year with the trees turning, the leaves on the ground and smell of autumn in the air. This year, we are having exceptional colors in New England.Headstone 10-24-2010 11-39-58 AM

This year, I have put together a collections of headstones from the 18th and 19th century in chronological order to show the progression of funerary art. New England has some of the oldest burying grounds in the US and here in Essex county, we have several that are well preserved. We have a rich tapestry of epitaphs in which are woven the warnings of the fragility of youth, the promise of resurrection and messages of love.  You may want to pause this to read the headstones yourself. I hope you enjoy this little piece.

But on this Halloween, memento mori. Keep a holly stake handy, get the garlic out of the kitchen and pack your silver bullets.  The familiars are all around tonight.

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Scenic Sunday


Just Bill said...

Steve,no comments yet? I am honored to be the first.
I was able to watch all 7 minutes of your video.
I really enjoyed it and was again impressed with you photography and presentation.

You have a talent that I admire and envy.

I look at all of your blogs and each day have the thought that I should upgrade my camera and video equiptment. Then I stop and think again that I do not have Steve's eye for a shot with great compusure that you have and probably never will. You see things that I miss all the time.
I guess I will just continue my efforts on my grandchildren. I enjoy looking at them and hope they will be able to look back at them as they age.
Thanks again for sharing your talent with me. Bill

Carol Mattingly said...

Steve, I love all the old headstones and the video. It's a story in and of itself. Have a wonderful but creeeeepy Halloween! Carol

Johnny Nutcase said...

What a cool post, Steve. I really enjoyed it. Those headstones are pretty fascinating. And beautiful, too- really neat!Gorgeous second photo with those trees!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shots with beautiful fall colors and amazing artistry on the stones.

Darryl and Ruth : )

girly bird said...

we see and read there on the stones where people's dead bodies are buried underground and here we are p above ground breathing and walking and making plans
it is sobering and intoxicating i want to dance or knit or cook something or ride my bike or jump or get out of a rut.

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