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Got a good reason For taking the easy way out


Yea, though I walk....


You may find it odd that recently we've been heading out to the largest cemetery here in town.  Reason?  Of course...what else but birding.  On the hot spot list of places to go birding during the Spring [and Fall] migration seasons is the Rosehill Cemetery.  The area is vast in size...and loaded with such a variety of greenery, from small ornamental bushes to colossal oaks!  There are quiet streets meandering throughout all the sections, and they're lined with the cooler shadows of the overhanging branches.  Now, to be honest, we've gone there at different times of day, without seeing much difference in bird residents than what we have in our own back yard.  This past week, tho, I saw at least what I think I saw was a migratory Mississippi Kite.  I stalked it from tree to tree and section to section only to have it take off long before I was within camera range.  Eventually, the last tree it landed in by the time I got even half way near, I saw just the shadow of it flying overhead and far away from the cemetery grounds.  Another day, returning in hopes the Kite returned also, Bud and I scared out a Chuck Will's Widow from some low-lying bush.  I think it scared ME more than I scared it!  Seriously?  Yes...'cause another time we were there birding, a woman cleaning up a gravesite of her family member was stung by a scorpion...and at the time the 'Widow' flew out of the brush...I was just thinking to "make sure you watch  where you step, Anni"!!  Okay, so to make this a short story instead of turning into a long recitation, the camera wasn't used enough...no new birds...so, I aimed it at this beautiful headstone.  The dappled sunlight and shadows were very  humbling - I found myself in reverie; lost in thoughts of the 23rd Psalm:


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  1. I drove 2 hours to the cemetery my parents and grandparents are buried in yesterday. It was a pretty day and there were trees beginning to bud and lots of birds. Your photo is beautiful.
    Blessings to you this day.

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    1. You're lucky to have them so close to you...I'd have to drive 2 DAYS!!

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  2. Yes, that picture is so poignant and beautiful. I would have been contemplating that statue as well.

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    1. ...it really struck me as I walked by it. I had to stop and just stare in quiet reverie.

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  3. Wow, that really makes you think, glad you shared.

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  4. And it is quiet there tooooooo! MOL. Mom told me her mom used to play in the cemetery when she was little. Of course this was a long long time ago when kids had to make their own fun
    Hugs
    Madi

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    1. I never did....when we'd go there it was to decorate headstones. If I was caught playing there, I'd probably would've whipped from here to Sunday. LOL

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    2. beautiful shot Anni!

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  5. Oh yes, Anni, that headstone is "to die for" (pun not intended, LOL!) Seriously, it is a beautiful shot of a very serene scene. I love it. I have never heard of birding in a cemetery. Good on We've birded at Sewage works, with great success before. I could just imagine the many birds and the birdsong in that peaceful place. Hope you're having a great weekend. Jo

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    1. ...this cemetery is like a park. And with all the trees and goodies, the birds are attracted to the area.

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  6. Neat shot, Annie. I really like the light and shadows you captured.

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  7. beautiful shadowy shot.

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  8. Nice!! How I would love to stumble upon a sight such as that in my treks. I too, love to visit graveyards. So many stories there that are unknown to me.

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    1. Paula...your profile link is not working showing that you do not share any blogs?!!

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  9. Gosh, that's a beautiful headstone. Very dramatic with the shadows.

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    1. I agree. Thanks Karen. Glad to know you enjoyed it.

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  10. Tis a lovely sculpture and I enjoyed hearing about your bird sightings. When I go to the cemetery, I like to read epitaths or leave flowers for a loved one.

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    1. We have no one family-wise here in the state in any cemetery. And when it's on the 'hot list' for birding...I'm always ready to go.

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  11. Cemeteries are great places for contemplating the brevity of life as well as picking up lovely shadow shots!

    Dark and Thorny Way

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    1. ...oh this one in particular has some GREAT shadows.

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  12. This is a very striking photo. Well done!

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  13. So how many scorpions are in your area and do they ever come into the house? I love driving through cemeteries to look at old gravestones and birds, but I would stay in the car for this one!

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    1. ...granted I will be more aware when we go walking there!! That's for sure. And to answer your question...I really don't know how many kinds of scorpions are here...this is the first I've heard of them this far south.

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  14. What a lovely shot. We, too, enjoy walking through cemeteries to enjoy the beauty and quiet there as well as the fantastic photo opportunities.

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    1. ...it definitely can be quiet...sometimes quite eerie.

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  15. Wow - I think that may be the most amazing headstone I've ever seen. Beautiful!

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    1. ...glad you liked the image Mari.

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  16. The play of shadow and light round this beautiful, sacred sculpture create a moving atmosphere. So lovely.

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    1. ...thanks for hosting Gemma

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  17. It is lovely. Great places for reflection ... and for birding (usually).

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  18. Cemeteries are great for some solitude...there is one I can ride my bike to and find it very restful. http://lauriekazmierczak.com/rock-of-ages%E2%99%AA/

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    1. ...thanks for visiting Laurie

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  19. How fitting for this amazing statue to be bathed in sunlight.

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  20. That beautiful sculpture looks very much like the Pieta, by Michaelangelo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet%C3%A0_%28Michelangelo%29). You can feel the grief, just looking at it. Since I am not a birder, seeing this sculpture is what makes my heart happy!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. ...yes, I know what sculpture you're referring to...but this is so different in so many ways. I like this better 'cause it's like a mother [any mother] asking for an answer to why God has taken her child away?!!

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  21. We (me, and I pull John along) like to walk in old country cemeteries. The one where John's family has such beautiful wildflowers this time of year. I should pay more attention to the birds. I was really excited to see a Jackrabbit at one last year.

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    1. ...any wildlife is good to spot.

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  22. i love visiting cemeteries too and never thought about the birding connection - great shot

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    1. ...this cemetery is loaded with what birds like...trees, protection, water nearby...all they could want on their stopover heading north.

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  23. That's a headstone? It's amazingly beautiful. The sunlight and shadow intensify the grief in Mary's face and the suffering that Jesus endured.

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    1. ...yes, exactly, just 'screaming' grief beyond comprehension.

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  24. It's a shame you didn't find any birds on your hunt, but the headstone is amazingly poignant, especially being under both sunlight and shadow.

    That was quite the tale about the scorpion, Anni!

    I like your pretty page design, by the way, with the multi-coloured bird.

    -Karen at Sunlit Sunday

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    1. ...thanks for hosting Karen.

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  25. Although I've never been in that cemetery, I've heard it really is gorgeous. I'm glad you didn't get stung by anything. And what a great pic!

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    1. ...I'm sure to watch where I step now, a lot more closely.

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  26. Lovely photos. The Cemeteries around here are also hot spots for the birds.. The Kite is an awesome bird to see. Wishing you good birding in the coming week.

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    1. ...I hope to see one soon, so I can photograph it. Thanks Eileen.

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  27. That's an impressive headstone. At least your trip wasn't a total loss since you did capture this beautiful shot

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    1. ...yes, not a total loss. You're right.

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  28. What a beautiful photo! Looks like a wonderfully peaceful place!

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  29. that is just about the most amazing head stone i have ever seen and the sun shining on it makes it even more special... beautiful shot... and those cows had me bawling with joy... it was the first blog i went to. i was not going to post today but wanted to share those cows... they lifted my heart watching them and also showed that people are the same all over the world...

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    1. ...it was a fabulous, uplifting video Sandra.

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  30. You caught that shot in the most heavenly embodiment. Just stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Cemeteries can be wonderful places for quiet walks, bird watching, and, as you've illustrated, beautiful statuary and inspiration. That's a lovely piece, photographed so well.

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  32. Wow, that's quite a grave! I'm not so good with the creepy crawlies, I think scorpions would really ruin my gardening mojo!

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    1. ...oh, me too!!! Snakes are my worst nightmare.

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  33. There's a beautiful cemetery where I live, when I first moved up here I would go and walk around there all the time, it was so beautiful and as it's so hilly it was great exercise. Gotta start again now that the ice is mostly gone.

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    1. I've found that they are great places to walk in peace and quiet.

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  34. Beautiful image! Thanks for sharing this work of art.

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  35. That statue reminds me of the Pieta in Italy. It's really beautiful and you were able to photograph it in such amazing light and shadows.

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    1. ...someone else mentioned the Michelangelo sculpture too.

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  36. An adorable piece of Art, Ann.

    Absolutely gorgeous.

    Happy week ahead.
    /CC girl

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    1. ...glad you appreciated the image this week Chubby.

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  37. Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I enjoy walking through cemeteries. Very peaceful and beautiful things to see and photograph!
    xo Catherine

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  39. That headstone is beautiful! Over here, our cemeteries are usually very muddy due to our wet climate and because of this, I don't really enjoy visiting them and when I do, it's only on All Souls day whenever I am back in my hometown.

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  40. I love cemeteries just because they are peaceful and have beautiful artwork. Great shot!

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