Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt - "Hobby"


Those of you who stopped by for Wordless Wednesday this week got to see a picture of a statute that was taken during the course of one of my hobbies. Though some may think it rather strange, I really enjoy exploring old cemeteries and looking at the stones of the people who are buried next to them.

In older Victorian cemeteries, a lot of the gravestones are true works of art and the craftsmanship is comparable to what you might find in a local museum. The difference is that these works of art weren't made just to be displayed in an art gallery but they were crafted to memorialize and commemorate a loved one, to celebrate and mark the final resting place of a person who may have once been just like you or I.

My favorite cemetery in Norwich is the Yantic Cemetery (located within view of the William W. Backus Hospital!) established in July of 1844. Though there are older cemeteries in Norwich, I like the gravestones in this one the best as they come in all shapes, sizes, and types of stone; some with columns, some with statutes, and some with vaults. The names on the stones in the Yantic Cemetery read like a who's who of Norwich and within the stone walls surrounding its 28+ acres lie a former governor of Connecticut, a good number of Civil War officers, and more people who have had roads named after them then you can find anywhere else in town!

For today's Scavenger Hunt I have posted 18 of my favorite pictures from the Yantic Cemetery taken at various times over the past couple of years. The slideshow offers a magnifier option if you'd like to see a part of any of the pictures a little closer, just slide your mouse over the picture to activate it. If you're interested in reading more about the Yantic Cemetery and seeing a few of the stranger pictures I've taken there, please check out my post from last August 26th, "Who Ya Gonna Call?".

Happy Saturday and Happy Hunting!

Cool Slideshows

Oh, and just as a side note - my favorite statute is the kneeling and green-formerly-copper cloaked woman who watches over the grave of Sarah Larned, wife of Charles Osgood. Hers is my most photographed grave in the cemetery.

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  1. I love to visit old cemeteries and in the past did rubbings. Very, very interesting places!
    Happy Hunting & Happy Weekend!

  2. Oh I love old graves. I have some photos in my archives if you have time to go back and look at them (the regualar photos, not in the photo hunt photos)

  3. I love old cemeteries, the more moss-covered the better!

  4. Anonymous11:26 PM EDT

    My husband also loves to wander around old cemeteries. The best (and biggest) one I've been to was in Paris - lots of famous people buried there!

  5. What a fabulous site you have, loved the statues. I love exploring cemeteries, especially in Europe.

  6. Cemeteries are so peaceful and beautiful. They are wonderful gardens filled with lovely statues. Have fun exploring!

  7. Anonymous11:58 PM EDT

    When we lived in Mass. my favorite walking spot was a really old graveyard. Old graveyards are beautiful.

  8. I hope your hobby is not haunting graveyards during nights with moonshine !

    I too like to go to very old cimetaries which have wonderful sculptures. I saw a few of them in Italy but also the one in Paris where a lot of celebrities (Edith Piaf,Jim Morrison,etc) are burried but also here in Brussels there is beautiful art work !

  9. Anonymous12:52 AM EDT

    That's an interesting hobby, old cemeteries definitely have a lot of works of art, your pictures are great! It looks like it's getting dark in some of them, do you hang around after dark? Happy hunting!

  10. I would say that's my favorite too. I remember when I was a kid living in Mexico we went to visit my grandma's grave and the cementery was such a scary place, I never liked it. Here in the US they kindda look like little parks.

  11. Wow, the statues i see from your site is so different from those here in singapore! Great pictures you have there!

    Have a enjoyable weekend!
    Mine's up too!

  12. These are lovely.. We had a very old cemetery in Columbus Mississippi with many of these types of art as well. The most famous was the crying angel. People swore that she occasionally lifted her head. Have a good day of hunting.

  13. Anonymous2:33 AM EDT

    There is nothing strange in that, I also enjoy visiting cemeteries and taking photos.

    You have some beautiful photos, great choice for a hobby.

    Mine is up too.

  14. I soooo love that picture..Savannah has a wonderful one!

  15. Anonymous4:24 AM EDT

    I try to stay away from cemeteries if I can help it. They kind of freak me out.

  16. I love cemeteries for the historical and artistic reasons...Your photos were exquisite!

  17. Not strange at all.

  18. Anonymous6:27 AM EDT

    Great photos. I think you would love the cemetaries here in France - they are all those above ground monument type things.

    Thanks for stopping by - Happy Weekend!

  19. oh I love old cemetaries as well...such stories they tell....I remember when I was in England that was one of my favorite things to look at was old grave sites....

    great choice for the photo is up

  20. What a wonderful presentation (I really must learn how to do more cool stuff on my blog).
    I love old cemetaries too. Something about all of that history.

  21. Great pictures. I have never wandered around a cemetery looking for statues, but Husband has driven by some in the fog and remarked about how the statues stand out.

  22. Cool pics, Linda! What history buff DOESN'T like cemetaries of one sort or another? You & your camera really captured the "essance" of the Yantic Cemetary! Out of curiosity, have you ever seen the cemetary just off I-10 in New Orleans? There's a statue of a huge Buck on a hilltop near the road - at least a "10 pointer". Cool place to visit - but I think it may have succumbed to Katrina (too bad!)

    BTW: I THOUROUGHLY enjoyed our little visit in the "Bubble" yesterday. :-)

  23. Now that's what I call a very fascinating "hobby"! I also love to visit old cemetaries and I always admire the workmanship of some of the stones. Those pictures you took are awesome...I agree with you, the one of the kneeling statue is magnificent!! Have a wonderful day:-) xo

  24. What an awesome slide show! :)
    Those are some really great pictures.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Have a great Saturday!

  25. Hey this is a great hobby,if you came to visit there a lots and lots of places i could show you. Incorporating hiking of course!
    Next time i am out, i will take some photos of the cemeteries for you, as we nearly always start hikes in a small village and they nearly always have a lovely church.

    There is really something about the statue you mentioned as your favourite.

  26. You've got my vote!

    I'm in 3 other categories...see my Journal!

  27. Those statues are beautiful monuments. Modern cemeteries just don't have them, so you have to look for the older sections. Great photographs.

  28. Wonderful photos! Those statues are beautiful. Such loving tributes to those they were made to commemorate.

  29. Anonymous9:56 AM EDT

    Wow...I love the cloaked woman statue. Kind of eerie in a way, yet sweet. Graveyards interest me a great deal as well. It makes me sad when I see the neglected ones.

    I'll vote for your blog design! It's very cool!

  30. Anonymous10:03 AM EDT

    WOW, absolutely amazing photos! My parents have a very old and forgotten cemetery beside one of their fields. I have taken many photos back there! Thanks for sharing! My hobby is up, come visit me if you can! Happy Hunting!

  31. I love your hobby!
    Some may think they are spooky, but cemeteries do have wonderful sights and you are right on about the craftsmanship.

    I loved the kneeling one as well, I have never seen anything like that!

    Ps.. love your blog!

  32. I love old cemeteries, too. What a treasure this one is! I like how you've presented your photos :))

  33. Excellent shots, photographing old cemeteries is a hobby my wife and I enjoy together. She self published a book a few years back titled "In Memory Of" when we had a van. Thank you for stopping by.

  34. I like old cemeteries too!

  35. Great photos! I too love visiting old graveyards. Not only is the statuary exquisite but oftentimes headstones reveal fascinating stories about the individuals who are laid to rest there.

  36. Those are amazing photos and statues. I'd much rather look at these photos than visit cemeteries. I can only imagine the stories these monuments could tell...

    Thanks for stopping by, Linda! Can't wait to check out the rest of your site.

  37. I do like the statue. There must be interesting stories behind them

  38. Great pictures. The first one has great color contrasts.

    Thanks for visiting!

  39. I love old cemeteries too! We have a beautiful one near us.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  40. Anonymous1:46 PM EDT

    Interesting hobby and great photos.

    I love walking around and wondering about the people buried in the graves. Especially close to my heart this week since I'm trying to get my hubby to make a detour on our vacation so we can see the grave of Billy The Kid.

  41. Your would love to visit my home in Savannah,Ga.; there are very old cemeteries around here.Thanks for coming over to my blog today. Baba

  42. Lovely photo. I can easily relate to that fascination - it's part of one's culture, isn't it?
    Thanks for visiting!

  43. I really like yours, especially with the details you provided. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me and I hope you have a fantastic week.


  44. I love old cemeteries too! When we lived in St. Paul they always had a Halloween walk where you went walking through a bunch of old cemeteries and then ended up in some caves down by the river. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

  45. Mom and Dad like to visit old cemeteries too. That green copper girl is amazing!
    Tara, Princess Meezer

  46. Hi Linda, Nice post! I like the statues According to travel guides, cemeteries are now one of the hottest tourist destination in Europe. Btw, thanks for visiting my site.

  47. Very nice images. I particularly enjoyed the statue.

  48. Anonymous5:43 PM EDT

    Gorgeous photo!!! I too love cemeteries, so no I don't think it's strange at all. Happy hunting, and I hope you are enjoying a goodly weekend!

    Cheers from Toronto!

  49. I love taking pictures in cemetaries too. Your pictures are lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  50. You're the second person I've seen who likes visiting cemeteries and photographing them.

    Those are great pictures! :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  51. I love your hobby. Happy weekend.

  52. Great hobby, very interesting!

  53. Anonymous9:08 PM EDT

    An awesome hobby! One day if I have a chance I will do a post on a dog who refused to leave his master after he died and died resting on his tombstone. They immortalized the dog with a sculpture

  54. Anonymous9:20 PM EDT

    Very cool. Neat hobby to have. Loved the pics!

  55. I don't think it's strange at all. I love to visit old cemeteries and I especially love to photograph them. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

  56. I don't always go wandering around cemeteries but have enjoyed taken a few cemetery tours (and catacomb tours) in a few cities that I've visited. Among these: London, Vienna, New Orleans...and yeah, the older the cemetery, the more interesting they seem. :)

  57. The statue of the cloaked figure over the grave, that you like so much, is heartbreaking in its sadness. Yet so lovely. It expresses everything about what we feel when someone we love dies.

  58. My family and I just went to Savannah, GA. While there we walked around the old Colonial Park Cemetery. Many revolutionary patriots are buried there, like Archibald Bulloch and Button Gwinnett. Some of the tombstones were so old, you couldn't read them anymore.

    I thought the pictures of the kneeling, green cloaked woman that you took were amazing. Nice job

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. My husband is a Civil War buff too. One reason we went to Savannah was to learn more about her role in the Civil War.

  59. Anonymous2:14 AM EDT

    There's beauty all around if we just stop and take a look. Thanks for sharing your photos and for stopping by my blog.

  60. I think old cemeteries are fascinating. So much history there. Your photos are wonderful. Great creative unique choice for The Hunt.

  61. You are right. Some of them are incredible. Thank you for sharing.

    BTW - I don't think it is weird. It is artwork after all.

  62. Beautiful photos! I find cemeteries very sad, probably because we mostly visit the various Commonwealth War Graves and the War Memorials (my husband is an officer in the Canadian Forces.) It's always sad to see all the young men who lost their lives far too young.

  63. What an interesting hobby! I remember stumbling on an old cemetary when hiking on an island with my father. There was a young mother and a whole row of babies that had died at a young age. It was so sad. I kept wondering about her life on that island.

  64. This is something different. I love the way you took your pictures of the cemetery. Geez, gives me the creeps though.

  65. Anonymous10:38 PM EDT

    Guess being a Chinese, we totally are living in a different culture. Anyway, cemetaries in Malaysia is not as pleasant looking as the one you have. Best to avoid them incase you had a nightmare ;)

  66. Now that is a unique hobby! I love the photos you took, and I love way you're displaying them on your blog (i.e. the slideshow!)

  67. Anonymous6:41 AM EDT

    Enjoyed the subjects and your photography very much. Lovely post, Linda.

  68. There must be something calming at times at an older cemetery. The statue of the woman kneeling over in green is awesome, I would love to see it in person. Thank you for posting these, and for visiting my hobby photo.

  69. Hi Linda. Thanks for sharing this interesting hobby. The photos are magnificent. You have a great eye for taking photos of interesting subjects.

  70. Anonymous3:36 PM EDT

    I am running late with my photo hunt, visiting, as you can see. :)

    This is an interesting and different hobby!


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