Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Autumn in a Cemetery




On a beautiful blue sky day my husband and I took a drive up into the mountians, to see some of the autumn color, and came upon a 1865 cemetery upon a hillside outside of Central City. It was the Rocky Mountain Independent Order of Odd Fellows #2 Cemetery. The Independent Odd Fellows is a benevolent fraternal organization that was founded in North America in the early 1800's

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That is a big name for this small, quiet, and changing aspen shaded place of final rest for some of the early pioneer families of this area.


Many of the headstones were in good condition, considering all the weather they have endured over the years. The gravestones' symbolic funerary art designs and inscriptions were very beautiful.


One of the most unusual makers in the cemetery was the small limestone cabin with the name "Walter."  This poignant symbol of home marks the family plot for the children of this family. The sad reality of the times, one hundred and fifty years ago, was that many children died young, from disease, injury or natural disasters.


So, on this glorious autumn day in Colorado, amid aspens trees of gold, we walked and reflected upon the seasons of the year and the seasons of life itself.  The only sound we heard was the crunching of leaves beneath our feet and the gentle breeze in the air. There is beauty all around us, even in a cemetery--especially in autumn.

Come back in a few days and I'll show you more of Autumn in Colorado. We recently visited two mountain passes where we saw exceptional color,



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22 comments:

The Gathering Place said...

oh how I love the autumn colors! I've never seen the beautiful colors of New England, but the West has some amazing colors, too. Looks like you have enjoyed some beautiful drives.

ladyfi said...

Those autumn colours are lovely!

Lorrie said...

Graveyards can be beautiful places, as your photos well show. So sad that so many children died young.

Linda said...

I agree with you about cemeteries. They are interesting historical places - and of course good places for reflection. That log cabin marker is highly unusual.

NC Sue said...

I love to wander through old cemeteries - the older the better. Such interesting and peaceful places.
Nice shots.
Walter's grave marker is one of the most interesting I've seen in a while!
There's another interesting marker at the old cemetery in Beaufort NC. Its inscriptions says "Little Girl in Rum Keg". Apparently she died while on a sea voyage, and they put her in the rum keg & submerged her in the rum to keep her from decomposing en route to the mainland. I've been curious that someone went to such trouble but didn't have her name on the marker.
Thanks for sharing your shots at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/shake-those-tail-feathers.html

Mersad said...

There some really great and unusual finds in that graveyard. Lovely backdrop of fall colors.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Molly said...

I love cemeteries, they are places filled with untold stories

Mollyxxx

Gracie said...

Sad place but an interesting one. I visited cemeteries in England, France, Ireland...I find them always so peaceful and they give me the time to think...

Pamela Gordon said...

I enjoy old cemeteries too. Seeing this one in the fall of the year seems somewhat sad I guess but the contrast of the old stones with the golden leaves is wonderful. I like finding unusual headstones too - like this one you found of the 'log cabin and door'. Interesting post.

Cathy said...

Nice post Pat. I visited the Central City area many times and never stumbled upon that beautiful cemetary. I am glad you shared your trip. Love those aspens!

From the Kitchen said...

One wonders how those very interesting stones came to be placed in that rather remote cemetery. What a peaceful resting place.

Best,
Bonnie

Vee said...

Beautiful color! Does it hang on for a while or is gone by now? I always think that cemeteries are the most fascinating places. No exception there!

Light and Voices said...

What wonderful fall color and in a cemetery yet. mmmm, maybe I'll try that in the Chicagoland area and see what gives. Used to I would get attacked by geese/ducks/fowl. Perhaps that was in a different season like Spring. rofl You always post such attractive photographs and ideas.
JM, IL

happywonderer.com said...

It's been awhile since I've had a nice stroll through a good old cemetery. It was nice to walk through this one with you!

Al said...

Beautiful - this would be a perfect post for Halloween. I need to get to the mountains to see the aspen.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful setting for the cemetery. I love looking through old cemeteries. Used to be the wives and children died young.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a lovely old cemetery. The grave markers are so interesting too. You are right. Children died very young then, I know some of my relatives did for sure. Makes us appreciate modern day life and medicine doesn't it.
Sam

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful color and poignant visit, somehow especially at this season of the year ....

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The aspens are so gorgeous! I love the old cemeteries and reading the grave stones. Some families lost all of their children way back then to illness or tragedies such as the house fire that claimed the lives of one couple's 8 children that my aunt had read about during her genealogy research. I can't imagine how they went on after that. Well, I didn't mean to end on a glum note! I enjoyed your post as always, Pat. Take care and happy fall to you!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

What lovely color, the contrast between the brilliant blue sky and the yellow of the leaves is wonderful.

Cathy Keller said...

And the gold in the aspen in all radiant their glory certainly frame the beautiful headstones. Indeed, they are well preserved! Have a wonderful weekend!

Barb said...

What is it about old headstones? Wandering in old cemeteries and thinking about the hardships endured that ended life early - and in such a lovely setting. I like this discovery, Pat.