Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Picture Perfect~~~Broken

Those that visit here often, know that my cousin and I visit old graveyards, whenever we get a chance.  I guess, some may think that's strange but, we both love history and what better place to find it.

This particular graveyard was a bit different than any we had been too.  It's one of the oldest in this area.  It's said to be an old slave graveyard.  From what we were told, those buried here didn't die as slaves or at least those with markers didn't but, they were born into slavery.

Above is a picture of Morticia reading a broken headstone.  If you click on the picture, you can read the dates.  The date of death was 1916.

This was a place that seemed to have been forgotten. In a heavily wooded area that had been unattended for many years.  The latest grave site we found was 1979 and all the flowers and wreaths that were put there at the funeral, were still there.  Tattered ribbons were hanging from them.

Most of the places we visit have a peaceful feel to theme. This one was just strange.  The air seemed to stop moving.  There was no breeze.  We didn't hear the sound of birds or other animals that inhabited the woods.

Some of the graves were marked by bricks or in some cases pieces of broken trees.  There were several not marked at all.  The only way you knew they were there was the outline of the sunken ground.

Such a sad and lonely place.  Broken and forgotten.

For more on PP click here.

 

65 comments:

  1. I visit graveyards too for the same reasons that you've mentioned. I haven't found one yet that was strange,. Like you, I know I would feel it. Nice place to take nice photos too. Great shot.

    http://ninakobie.multiply.com/journal/item/407/Picture_Perfect_-_Broken

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  2. What a great take on the theme. We used to find old graveyards way up in the mountains, from the early 1800's. I always thought it was fasinating.

    http://luvmt.multiply.com/journal/item/202/Picture_Perfect_Broken

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  3. WOW we had same thoughts on broken....we are the melancholy girls this week

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  4. Great pic Linda....it's so sad when the cemetaries aren't taken care of...

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  5. On it's own, it's a great picture, but it's made even better by the explanation you provided. Good job!

    Click here for my entry

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  6. Beautiful photograph and nice take on the theme of the week Broken. My entry for this week’s PPF is at - http://tinyurl.com/65bec8. Pl. see.

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  7. Almost photojournalism, in that the picture tells a story. Fine take on the theme.
    http://terrencew.multiply.com/journal/item/342/PICTURE_PERFECT_BROKEN

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  8. Great take on the theme Linda, and spooky story.

    Thanks for popping by :

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  9. Wow....that is very eeerie...how doe people just forgot a graveyard. Wow, it would be cool to know more about this! Great photo too!

    http://tumbelweed.multiply.com/journal/item/10/Picture_Perfect_-_Broken_MY_FIRST

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  10. sad yes and truly broken. Great capture for this week.

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  11. That is sad indeed and makes you wonder what kinds of broken dreams those who 'rest' there had in their lives.
    Please feel free to stop by: BROKEN

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  12. good take on the theme although sad, yes...the black and white made it a dramatic shot, good job! ;-)

    http://soliloquydownunder.multiply.com/journal/item/109/Picture_Perfect_Broken

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  13. I love this photograph - especially on account that it is in B&W....... very eerie looking. great take on theme.
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  14. Yes I was wondering where all the cemetarys were, now I have found two, nice pic great story Thanks for sharing :D

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  15. Oooohh.. but great shot though.

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  16. eerie Lindyloo, you actually had me "there"

    I love graveyards; Granny always said the dead won't harm you it's the living you have to worry about...

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  17. Maybe the spookiness of the place is why no one visits it. It is a great picture though! I love old graveyards and history too. Thanks for dropping by to visit mine.The cup was definitely not a favourite. :o)
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  18. Oh, I love visiting cemeteries. I have to agree with you on the history thing. What better place to find it. Great post. Please feel free to visit mine and have a beautiful weekend ahead. http://bikergirl279.multiply.com/journal/item/603/Picture_Perfect_Broken

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  19. I like to read old gravestones , I also found a history of people from my island online and it tells how old they were when they died from long , long ago, so many youngsters that died so young before we had the medicine that we have today. I don't think it's strange at all.

    Good photo on broken Linda !!

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  20. Very interesting. We have a number of them around here; roadside cemeteries, very small, neglected (some not all), very old, and lots of times off by themselves because things have moved away from them. Makes for good pictures. Nice take on theme.

    http://busterp.multiply.com/journal/item/62/PPF_Broken_shroom.

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  21. Hei Linda

    Good take!
    Keep so well and safe.

    My BROKEN take is in ere.

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  22. I find graveyards and cemeraries fascinating, too. I posted about them on my page recently. Good take on the theme.

    http://mitchylr.multiply.com/journal/item/103/Picture_Perfect_BROKEN

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  23. Very Nice shot and take on theme, thanks for the visit and comment Baz

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  24. I want to take you to Maple Hill cemetery when you come visit...don't let me forget!

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  25. "Most of the places we visit have a peaceful feel to theme. This one was just strange. The air seemed to stop moving. There was no breeze. We didn't hear the sound of birds or other animals that inhabited the woods" becuz the critters can sense the sadness and leave it in peace;~)

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  26. This is so erry and peaceful looking!
    Cheers!

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  27. My closest friend and I do this too, reading the dates, names, and seeing some gorgeous grave markers. It is sad when time takes it's toll on the memorials we leave behind. Wonderful shot, though
    http://lyricalinspirations.multiply.com/journal/item/386/Picture_Perfect_Broken

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  28. you and i share a common thread here... when out ghosthunting, it's not uncommon for us to try and set upright any stones we see that have been toppled, whether by man or nature... it just seems the right thing to do... love the pic!!!

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  29. One of my "hobbies" when I go on holiday - I make my most interesting photos in graveyards. Black and white definitely suits the theme.
    http://tabbynera.multiply.com/journal/item/601/Picture_Perfect_Broken

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  30. What a funny hobby: visiting graveyards! I had a dutch friend and he went to France to visit french ones each summer... In fact, he was looking for stones of writers... I admit you can find some historical data and there is something special in the air but I don't go there more often than necessary! Well, that's me... Don't know why I'm telling all this!
    I like your picture with that broken stone... very peaceful ...
    Thanks for your kind comment on mine.
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  31. I love to take graveyard shots as well - they seem so poignant.

    I considered some of those but I like to take my PPF on the day of and stretch my imagination with what is at hand. Mine is here: http://cherikeeusa.multiply.com/journal/item/89

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  32. Very uncommon hobby. It's my first time to hear about it. Nice picture!

    http://belita747.multiply.com/journal/item/441

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  33. I also visit graveyards & cemetery's when ever I visit new places .... the way people treat the past says a lot about how they will treat the future.
    Click here for my ppf

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  34. I would loe to see your take on a photo of the wreaths and tattered ribbons. It conjures all sorts of interesting thoughts in my head

    http://stosoned.multiply.com/journal/item/312/Picture_Perfect_Contest_Theme_BROKEN

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  35. Excellent shot and theme take Linda. Cemetaries are great places to shoot... especially black and whites. Great job! http://rumbledoll.multiply.com/journal/item/23/TRIBUTE_TO_THE_LOST_-_FF_-_52208

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  36. omg...how sad! Beautiful picture!

    My Pic

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  37. I like to photograph cemeteries, especially the really old ones. I almost posted a similar shot for this week's theme. WI winters are so harsh - water works its way into small cracks then expands/contracts until headstones break/crumble. Well done! Thanks for popping in.
    http://redheadedgoddess.multiply.com/journal/item/115/Picture_Perfect_-_Broken

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  38. Beautiful shot and well said broken and forgotten.....I love cemetaries, I find much peace there and love to look at the old sites and stones. Some just say Mom or Dad or Daughter.....no particular name. TY for such an awesome pic and story and for visiting mine. Light and Peace!

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  39. Great take to the theme and a beautiful shot
    Thanks for your visit

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  40. Wow! Very touching! Sounds like it felt eerie! Wish I lived near it so I could visit the forgotten...
    http://lindalovestostitch.multiply.com/journal/item/35

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  41. wonderful B&W.
    I am a genealogist. I have been in many a cemtery and seen the old stones that have toppled from age, or been vandalised.. The story is still the same.. broken or whole... who were you , how did you die, does anyone care anymore... broken stones... why did it happen.. I love this

    http://trayne.multiply.com/journal/item/75/Picture_Perfect_Friday_Broken

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  42. This is wonderful. It is so sad when you find grave sites like so unattended. Beautiful, poignant shot.

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  43. ciao ossianic as hobby but it's your hobby and I respect it. did you go to the polling station to vote?
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  44. We have an old cemetary like that near here. It is very interesting, although depressing when you see all the broken headstones. Nice shot!

    http://dawn4.multiply.com/journal/item/303/Picture_Perfect_Broken

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  45. Good stuff.....Nice take on it!!

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  46. Eerie and I understand how you would have felt there too. Great shot. You are correct it is not easy to view so many photos and they are all so good. However we do our best. Thank you for visiting me.
    Picture Perfect : Broken

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  47. Wow, what a haunting and eerie post Linda. It sent shivers.
    The description of the grave that still had wreaths left over from the funeral was so sad.

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