I just had the most awesome cemetery afternoon ever!
I went to Virginia City, Nevada to check out a gorgeous old graveyard.
Had no idea there was about to be an annular solar eclipse until an excited group of folks with welders’ masks and funky glasses showed up and clued me in.
OMG! The view was so cool.
I paid back their kindness by showing them eclipse shadows on a couple of tombstones. These shadows are nature’s way of letting us see an eclipse safely. You could do the same thing with a pin hole projector.
The needles of a juniper tree provided the pin holes for me. I think any leafy tree would do.
The Sierra Nevada mountains… land of pioneers, gold mines and cowboys.
You meet a lot of people in graveyards. Every face tells a story.
Sometimes it’s just a story
of time passed.
Sometimes it’s a story of sorrow and loss.
Sometimes the sheer beauty of a face tells the sculptor’s story. I love those, don’t you?
Hey, thanks everybody who took my poll last week. Who knew there were so many of us taking our lunches to the grave?
I’ve got a couple of favorite lunch spots.
One’s in town and one’s out of town, but I can grab a sandwich and get to both of them in time to have a leisurely meal and get back to work within an hour. Yes, they’re both cemeteries. Does that make me weird?
I usually have an audio book to listen to, but sometimes I just mellow out to the patter of rain or birds singing, bees buzzing.
It’s perfectly legal to picnic in most cemeteries, basket, blanket and all. Mexican Day of the Dead traditions include partying with your departed loved ones and sharing a full meal right there around the headstone.
Respect is the only rule, for the living and the dead. And, of course, clean up before you leave.
I’ve got to say, that kind of lunch hour gives you a little perspective. It really makes you feel like you’ve gotten away from work!
Just for fun, let’s take a poll.