Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Angels, Flowers, and Beautiful Vistas



My husband and I were at Brooklyn, New York's historic, 172 year old Green-Wood Cemetery again this weekend, taking part in a volunteer session where we are assisting the cemetery to remove important papers regarding each grave plot from their storage in envelopes and then placing them into archival quality folders to help preserve them for the future.  Whenever we finish our work we take a stroll through some of the 478 acres of beautiful hilly grounds, and I take photographs. The photo mosaic above (all photos can be seen enlarged by clicking on them) is of some of  the many angel monuments and other statuary.

Spring flowers and blossoming trees were in evidence everywhere in the cemetery, as you can see by this photo mosaic.  Robins were plentiful and hard at work looking for bugs to eat.


While walking on one of the highest hills of the cemetery I was excited to spot a famous statue in the distance outside of the Gothic Arches of the cemetery's 5th Ave entrance.  Can you see it?

A closer view -- look to the right.

It is the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor!


From another hill in the cemetery there is another pretty vista that can be seen through the branches of a flowering cherry tree.


It is a distant view of the Empire State building in Manhattan.   It was really a lovely day to enjoy the Spring weather and all the rebirth of nature.  I hope you spent your weekend in an equally wonderful way!

I'm linking this post to Mary at The Little Red House blog's Mosaic Monday event.  Please visit Mary today to see her pretty mosaic and links to blogs with many more!
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51 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat - Love all your photos - the mosaic with the robin in the center, the statue of liberty - all beautiful. And good for you for volunteering.

Rajesh said...

Very lovely post and wonderful shots. The sculptures are amazing and flowers are gorgeous. The architecture of the symmetry is wonderful.

Christy said...

so beautiful..and what a great shot of lady liberty!

Bobbi said...

Great mosaics, lovely photos, thank you! I hope that your week is a wonderful one for you!
Hugs...
Bobbi

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I always love visiting New York through your beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

Susie Q said...

How truly beautiful Pat..nothing like Spring in New York. A few years ago, we were there on the first day of Spring. It was perfect weather and oh what a day! Thank you for helping me relive that sweet time.
Love,
Sue

grey like snuffie said...

Somebody should be hiring you for your wonderful promotions of the NYC area...your photos are GREAT! I always learn so much and want to come SO BADLY after your posts.

Debbie said...

You really do take the best photos...great capture of the statue of liberty...looked like a beautiful day there too!~ Love the birds:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great mosaics, Pat... I love the statues, the flowers --including that ROBIN, the architecture, and of course the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Bldg....WOW---what an incredible post. You gave us ALL of it!!!! Thanks so much!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Jenny said...

This is such a lovely post Pat! Can you tell more about the project you are helping with? It sounds interesting. Or perhaps I missed a post about this.

I really love your mosaics this week.

And those photos with the Statue of Liberty. They made me feel all emotional.

Thank you sweet lady for sharing your city and your talent and your lovely writing.

Shirleyanne said...

Such a lovely collection of photos.
What a view point! Brilliant!

Rettabug said...

Oh my...these views are magnificent! I love the shot of the intricate church through the trees...outstanding!

Just last week, I stopped in our nearby cemetery & took a photo of the Angel of Hope statue. I must go back & see if there are more.
thanks for sharing your's!

Jojo said...

Those are incredible views and what a beautiful gothic building. Don't you love the clear skies of spring and fall?

What an interesting volunteer project too. A volunteer archivist!

Allie and Pattie said...

Pat, these were wonderful!! And what a fabulous volunteering opportunity! I'm coming back after the kids get to school to look at these again more slowly
xoxo Pattie

KarenHarveyCox said...

Pat, that photograph of the Statue of Liberty in the background is a gorgeous shot. The on that you cropped for a closer view should be in an exhibit. Your mosaic of Spring is gorgeous too. I love learning about the background of things, and your posts are always filled with such great information and links.

Karen

Maria M. Boyer said...

Gorgeous, Pat! I truly heart New York!

diane said...

Great mosaics. How pretty Spring is for you. The gothic entrance is lovely. I could see her peeping behind the building. How wonderful to be able to see it in real life.

Dishesdone said...

It truly was a gorgeous weekend, and your shots are fantastic! Nice that you and your DH volunteer! Such history at that cemetery!

Tracy said...

These are such LOVELY, lovely photos, Pat... That glimpse of Lady Liberty is fantastic! Oh, I have some fun news... check my recent post to see. ;o) Happy Week, my friend ((HUGS))

Linda Lou said...

I love all those sculptures in the cemetary-it is nice to see that spring has finally hit the Big Apple and the sun is shining on Miss Liberty!

Lucy said...

I spotted the statue right off the bat for some reason and went to enlarge to make sure. What a neat photo. As all of them are. I really love cemeteries. It is so darn peaceful there.

Old Kitty said...

Hi Pat

Awww beautiful, beautiful pics as always!

It's so good to know that you are preserving these important papers for future generations - archive work is something I'd dearly love to do - it is really rewarding and fulfilling to think that you are preserving pieces of actual history forever!

Your nature shots are incredible - look at all those beautiful blooms - that robin is amazing - very different to the robins I'm used to seeing - this one looks big and with darker colours too.

I saw the Statue of Liberty almost immediately!!! What a view!!

Thanks for sharing - amazing as always!

Take care
x

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful, art worthy pictures Pat! The photo of the Statue of Liberty seen through the Gothic building spires is magnificent....would make a wonderful poster.
♥, Susan

Claudia said...

The mosaic made my heart smile. And that is spring, isn't it?Nature's smile. The peek at the Statue of Liiberty was just a sweet bonus.The Gothic Arches are magnificent.So much beauty - found in one tiny corner of the world. How wodnerful that you volunteer for this very special place.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Lovely photographs. People forget that cemetaries are very often a place to see different varieties of tree and shrubs. I was impressed with the very noble duty of preserving information of people's families. I am searching for my family roots and the information you are saving is very important. Thank you. Valerie

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It looks like the most perfect spot for a cemetery. Our little local cemetery is also up on the hill...a resting place with a view.

Great photos...nice collages, Pat!

32˙North said...

The cemetery figures and Gothic architecture are just fabulous. Mixed with the flora and the views - outstanding! Thanks for taking us along!

Amanda

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...
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steviewren said...

Everywhere I go in the virtual world today people are talking and showing pictures of their near perfect weekend. I think the whole world was outside celebrating the end of winter and this beautiful spring with all its blooming things. You got some great photos this past weekend. There are great views from the cemetery.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I spotted the statue of liberty as soon as the photo loaded! What a great shot!
It is wonderful that you volunteer for such a worthy cause; give yourself a pat on the back.

Vee said...

Oh Pat! Love the vignettes you created with your photography today. I've never seen the Statue of Liberty in that way before...magnificent! And your second mosaic made me gasp it was so lovely.

Catherine said...

Pat, that is beautiful! What a lovely place. Thanks for sharing your great photography again.

Just a little something from Judy said...

You offer my free, lovely visits through the beautiful city and I so appreciate it. I can see that it is the perfect time to take a walk through this great city. The history and the flowers create the perfect backdrop. I am always thrilled to see the Statue of Liberty and the architecture of the city. How caring of you to volunteer for such a worthwhile cause. Great post!

Trotter said...

Hi Pat! It looks a gorgeous day; and sometimes cemeteries have excellent views. I wonder why...

Blogtrotter Two is waiting for you in Turkey.... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!!

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! What an amazing shot..Made dh come over to look!

Ebie said...

Hi Pat, I am falling in love again of Brooklyn! What a beautiful post and to see the four corner views is great! Love the architecture and flowers.

You do a great volunteer work!

Mary Lou said...

Pat, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I'm glad you found me so I could find you.
I love the photos. I've never been to NYC but want to come.
Great work you're doing.

Naturegirl said...

Pat so lovely to meet you and see your views of NY! A place I want to visit real soon.Loved your images and views of your city in this post and I see from your sidebar that there are many more to enjoy!
I also love walking around and viewing the many statuarys that can be seen in a cemetary.Your mosaic of angels and Spring life is glorious.

My name is PJ. said...

First of all, if I was going to be buried, that would be the place. How beautiful!

Secondly, what kind of camera do you shoot and do you change lenses? Your photos are always so gorgeous.

I would love to feature your photography on a Flickr Friday this year if you're interested.

Melanie said...

Spring looks so wonderful in your pics. Love the blossom- one of my fav sights is pink cherry blossom against blue sky.

Gorgeous architecture too.

LDH said...

Hello Pat!

What a joy to come by and visit with you. I so enjoyed each of your photos and mosaics!

Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment! I can't wait to come back again and peruse some of your older posts and get to know you a bit better!

Kindly, ldh

Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Pat! My daughter will often go to Green-Wood Cemetery to walk, enjoy and take in the beauty.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What beautiful pictures. Some of them remind me of my recent trip to France!! I saw the smaller version of the Statue of Liberty while in Paris.
Hugs,
Penny

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Pat, what beautiful mosaics and photos! How amazing that you can see both the Statute of Liberty and the Empire State Building from that cemetery. With those views, these lovely monuments, and the wildlife, this just makes a great photo op. How great that you are helping to preserve these records. laurie

Lenore said...

Oh, my goodness, Pat.....what a wonderful and interesting post.
As you know, I too love genealogy and have spent some time going to old cemeteries.
Your photos are absolutely amazing...I'm glad you left me a comment so as to get me over to your wonderful blog.

Lenore said...

Pat, just wanted to tell you that I followed your link and went back to read all your other posts about Green-Wood Cemetery and then had to become a follower so I wouldn't miss any of your wonderful posts.

Paz said...

What important work you and your husband are doing. It is nice that you volunteer.

I love these wonderful scenic photos. Love them.

Paz

Dee said...

A person never tires seeing the Statue of Liberty, do we? so beautiful! and with your pix each getting larger, it made you feel she was lifting Her arms out to you! thank you! Yes, a lovely post and I shall return!
Pink Hugs,
Dee @ deeslittlepinkie

Mary Ann said...

What a sweet thing to say about our Allie. Your blog is gorgeous, the pictures are breathtaking. Wow! Thanks for coming by.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Some of my favorite photos are the ones you take in Greenwood Cemetery! The angels lift me up and the scenery in amazing! Thanks for sharing these...they really mean a lot to me! ♥

PEA said...

Yesssss, I noticed the Statue of Liberty right away!! How amazing to be able to capture a shot of it from the cemetery. Your photos are always so beautiful and I'm forever oohing and aahing over them! lol I need to get back to the cemetery in the city where I took pictures of the statues a couple of months ago because I just found out we have 3 NHL hockey players from the 1920-30's buried there!! Must go and explore and hopefully find them:-) xoxo