Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday Photos on Wednesday

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day here in Connecticut so in honor of the sun shining and temperatures being quite reasonable, I talked Amanda into going for a walk with me after supper. I figure the kid needs to get out from behind that darned computer every once in awhile and what could be more tempting than a walk through our favorite cemetery which is now only a stone's throw away? Well, it might be more than a stone's throw for me but I bet some people could get one there from here!

At any rate, it was about 5:30 when we walked over to the Yantic Cemetery and there was still a beautiful blue sky above us so it gave me the perfect opportunity to take a few pictures. After all, I did bring my camera - just in case!

Gate to Yantic Cemetery
Gates to the Yantic Cemetery

These two first shots are of the wrought iron main gates to the cemetery which are always left open and, from the looks of the rust on the wheels, have been left open for a very, very long time! The first shot is of the right side of the gate and the second is, of course, the left! I was inspired to take these pictures by a post that Mo of It's a Blog Eat Blog World had the other day for his Saturday Photo Hunt. His post was of a cemetery gate in Benton Harbor, Michigan and the gate there had fleur-de-lis ornamentation on top. I'm not sure what you'd call this pattern but I thought it was pretty cool!

Celtic Cross Focal B&W
This Celtic Cross is a grave marker for one of the graves towards the back of the cemetery. It's a little dark but I think you can still make out enough of it to see that it's very detailed. I have no problems picturing this gravestone standing on a lonely hillside in Ireland as fog rolls in over the lands.

Statute of Music Muse
This muse stands on a pretty high pedestal near one of the graves towards the front of the cemetery and I think it's quite beautiful. I can only imagine how much something like this would cost these days. Luckily, she's high enough up that vandals can't get at her either. No doubt whoever is buried here was a true music lover to have wanted this fine lady standing above his or her grave.

I have more cemetery pictures but I don't want to bore you guys to death (no pun intended, of course!) so I will save them for another day. Now that I live so close to the Yantic Cemetery, I get the feeling I'll be taking lots and lots of pictures there in the months to come. Luckily, there are some very unique grave markers there as well as some very beautiful trees so there is a lot to take pictures of.

As a final picture for today's post, I just couldn't help myself even though Amanda was really rolling her eyes when I did this one ...

Evra can haz ...
I read recently that it's a good idea to try to capture a fly or two and put them in the habitat with your lizard as they are not only a tasty treat (blech!) but they also provide a source of exercise. It was warm enough for a few flies to be out and about yesterday so I went out and managed to catch a couple to give to Evra. If you guys want a good laugh, be here sometime when I'm out trying to stun - but not kill - flies to feed to a lizard! No doubt anyone who drove down our road was wondering what on earth I was out in the front yard doing!

The first fly I hit a little too hard and killed but Evra was a good sport and ate it anyway. The second one I brought back alive and I've got to say the thing didn't stand a chance! Lizards are quick when there's food on the fly ... sorry, couldn't help myself on that one either!

Hope everyone else had a great Tuesday; now if you'll excuse me I need to go dispatch ambulances for 16-hours ...


  1. Great Pictures! I love the clarity of the gate. Wow!!!! Love the story about the lizard also.. A little funny guy he is. Have a good 16 hour day!!!

  2. Anonymous10:32 AM EDT

    LOL @ the Lizard pic/caption.

    I would call it an acanthus flourish. Reminds me of the decoration on Corinthian columns.

  3. LOVE the lizard photo and caption! ha ha ha seriously, do a series of these!

    smiles, bee

  4. Love all the shots of the cemetery. We do the same things. Fascinating places they are.

    I was laughing my behind off with the lizard and fly thing. You did that very well.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  5. As always, the photos are wonderful. And I'm still cracking up at the fact that you stunned flies for Evra!! Do they sell alive flies at the pet store? If they don't, they should. That'd be a good idea!

  6. Obviously you are going to need to add video to your talents as I wouldn't want to miss lizard chasing flies.

  7. How on earth do you stun a fly??? LOL

  8. yep, i'm lol-ing at the thought of you trying to stun & capture flies... glad that evra was appreciative of your efforts!

    the cemetery pics are awesome, but yeah, i like the wrought irons ones the best - and not just 'cuz i might've helped inspire them!

  9. Everywhere looks so clean at the cemetary.

  10. love your lollizard! :-D

    If I fly up to CT for the weekend, will you go out and catch flies while I sip wine on your front porch? I'll keep an eye on Evra for you. bwahahahaha!

  11. Oh, and the wrought iron shots are awesome!

  12. the light on the fence is magical!

  13. Loving the pic of the Celtic cross. They are pretty popular in Scotland also, along with the Mercat crosses, which are similliar to the celtic crosses(without the circular cross). I want a celtic cross for my gravestone, not to sound "deathly"... LOL

  14. This is a great post Linda. I loved reading about the cemetery and you are really fine tuning this photo gig. You got some talent girl!

  15. Katherine just told me five minutes ago that I had to come here and check out your work.

    I regularly post photography tips on my blog, and if there is any way I can help you develop your obvious talent, I shall.

    My favourite is the first shot, not just because of the angle, but because of the soft light reflected on the metal.

    Great work.

  16. Anonymous10:24 AM EDT

    Beautiful! Here from PotD! Congrats!
    I live in the NW corner of CT and am curious about where the cemetary is...we have a few in our little town through which I love to walk.

  17. Anonymous10:26 AM EDT

    Ahhh, found it!

  18. You are an amazing photographer!!! I'm absolutely impressed! Congrats on your mention in POTD! There's no doubt you deserve it!!!!!


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