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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oakland Cemetery

Jimson Weed at Oakland

Sometimes you need to spend a little time in a cemetery. I have said before, some of my fondest memories are of accompanying my grandmother and mother to the family plot to weed and leave behind a small vase of flowers. I remember running around the cemetery at Ebenezer Church being careful to not walk across the graves.

This morning I spent a few hours in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. A group of us from Serenbe Photography Center made a morning out of it -- and then made off to Six Feet Under for lunch and to cool off.

Even though there were close to 15 of us; we all went off on our own to make photographs of the things that caught our eye. As I walked the brick pathways I noticed damage from the tornado that hit the heart of Atlanta a few years ago. I also heard the noise from MARTA and passing sirens. It made me think that Oakland may not be a very quiet resting place. It is an interesting one though. 

The Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation has been working to really create the experience of the Victorian garden cemetery. It is relaxing to walk the paths and take in the beauty of the landscaping and statuary.

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