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Creepy, Creepier, Creepiest

July 27, 2011

I found all three of these at one cemetery. They’re old enough that I couldn’t read the inscriptions.

Skull and Crossbones
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Creepy: Skull and Crossbones.

Skull and Crossbones
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Creepier: the inset of the carving seems to be dyed red.

Angels
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Creepiest: Wait… WHAT is this? Let’s get a closer look.

Angels 2
Aquia Episcopal Church in Aquia, VA

Oh. Okay then. Skull and crossbones, with… Angels? That’s a generous assumption… because it mostly looks like dead babies.

Haiti Earthquake Memorial

June 2, 2011

My friend’s family recently went on a mission trip to Haiti and came back with photos of a large-scale memorial for the victims of the tragic earthquake that hit near Port-au-Prince on the 12th of January, 2010. The death toll of this magnitude 7.0 earthquake is still under dispute – it could be as high as 220,000.

This memorial has 3,000 crosses, which seems a paltry sum. Only 3,000 crosses to memorialize hundreds of thousands of dead? Well, this location was quickly converted to a mass burial ground in the aftermath of the earthquake, and unfortunately there is not really any way of knowing who is buried here. 3,000 is an approximation of the number buried at this site, so there are 3,000 crosses here.

A sea of 3,000 crosses, with mountains in the background

A closeup of one of the crosses:

This cross has a Creole inscription (roughly translated to "Let's remember those who have gone before us in the journey of life" - I'm guessing on this, can anybody clarify?), with lovely handpainted flowers.

Overlooking the sea of crosses is a hill, lined with a deep purple path leading to a large cross shrouded in white, with black ribbons.

Cross with shrouds and ribbons

One last image, of the hill with the shrouded cross:

Purple path up the hill to the shrouded cross

I know that this is not my typical type of post. But when I saw these pictures something really struck me. I won’t preach about donating, BUT if you feel like donating to help rebuild Haiti, please do so. Every cent goes a long way. Check the Haiti Relief Fund, or the American Red Cross.

A capsule, of sorts

May 12, 2011
Capsule
Hebrew Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia
Inset – English

 In Memory Of
Lewis Lichtenstein
Born in Fordorn Prussia
January 17th 1826
Died in Richmond VA.
December 14th 1883

Inset – Hebrew

Oh, but I love the shape of this.

Kiyomizu

May 10, 2011

I know, I practically fell off the face of the earth. For what it’s worth, I’ve still been visiting cemeteries and taking pictures! I just never get around to posting them. I am a terrible blogger.

Anyway, this beautiful picture is a Japanese cemetery. I don’t know the name of it. A friend who lives in Japan took the photo and posted it on Facebook with the caption “Japanese graveyard alongside Kiyomizu.” That’s all I’ve got. But it’s so freaking gorgeous I just had to post it even though I don’t know any further details. Photo credit goes to the lovely Lauren of the blog More Than Sushi.

Offering

August 11, 2010
Offering

National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Virginia

This was a fairly recent burial; in fact, they hadn’t even placed a stone yet.  But it looks like a loved one came along with some of his favorite foods.  A soda from Arby’s and a bowl of what looks like mashed potatoes.

Saddle (via FAILblog)

August 5, 2010
Saddle

Seen on FAILblog

My BFF Julia H. just directed me to this awesome headstone she spotted over on FAILblog.org.  Click the picture to visit the original post!

Two things I love most,
Good horses and beautiful
Women, and when I die I hope
They tan this old hide of mine
And make it into a ladies riding
Saddle, so I can rest in peace
Between the two things I love
Most.

Motorcycle

August 5, 2010

Ash 1

Ash 2

Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia

Wherever I may roam
Oh Lord,
let perpetual light shine upon Allen.
Is Mr. Ash secretly Kenny Rogers?