Saturday, 6 July 2013

Picture This #207 ~ Cemeteries, Crypts, Headstones

Many thanks to Joanne for hosting this weeks challenge. Her theme is a little bit different, but I know it's something quite a few people do photograph. Graveyards can often be beautiful and peaceful, and there are always fascinating inscriptions to be read.  I had to search through my archive for a while, but eventually found some suitable shots.

1) Abandoned church, Pembroke, Wales. This church and it's graveyard have been abandoned for some time, the church itself has been gradually covered by creeping ivy.
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2) Child's grave, Wimborne, Dorset, England.
Family Plot

3) St Meilyrs church, Lys-Y-Fran, Wales.
St Meilyrs3

22 comments:

  1. Great shots, Mitch! Though sad to see a child's grave, the fact that's leaning makes the shot very interesting...

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  2. Beautiful shots mate I remember you and Joanne's visit with many fond memories;)

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    1. Thanks Baz. Would be nice to visit again, in the not-too-distant future :-))

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  3. Hi Mitch, stunning pictures you have. I would give anything to explore the the top one, you have captured the mournful atmosphere there. What a heartbreak in the second picture. The bottom is perhaps my favorite and quite intriguing too with the inscriptions in Welsh.

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    1. Thanks Benni. Yes, the Welsh inscriptions add something of a mysterious air.

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  4. Fantastic shots, Mitch! Love the first one of the old abandoned church.

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    1. Thanks Debby. You wouldn't believe the hike I had to make to get to that abandoned church!!

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  5. For me it is the history, and in your photos, you have a lot of it here. Very nice~!

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  6. The charm of British graveyards. Some graves forgotten and some stones just seem to shift (on their own?). You have really captured the essence of the British graveyard in you pictures. I love the first one, the abandoned ones are the best. I notice the third is written in Welsh. Yes they are great captures.

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  7. I love these. I particularly like the way they are all leaning and I really like the last shot with the Welsh language!

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    1. Thanks Danette :-)). I'm not sure why, but I find 'leaning' gravestones more interesting!!

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  8. Mitch, these charming photos invoke an elegiac quality. I think of Thomas Gray's poem An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. I love these images.

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  9. I'm glad you found three great shots to post, Honey. I would like to visit the first with you next time I'm there. It really looks like an interesting place. Although I love walking around old cemetaries reading the headstones, it always saddens me when I see its a child. Loving the headstones with the engraving done in Welsh, but what else can you expect in Wales?

    I apologize for being so late with commenting, but you know what's been going on.

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    1. Hi Honey. Thanks for doing the rounds. I know it's been a difficult week.

      If you want to see that abandoned church next time you're here, be prepared to do some climbing over hedges and fences!!

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