I've got more cemetery film photos to share today! (I'm sorry!) Cemeteries are just so much fun to explore and they've certainly been a favorite of mine to photograph. I've even got a list of cemeteries I'm waiting until Spring to go visit with my camera. Nearly all of the eleven rolls of film I've shot so far this year have been of cemeteries and headstones I thought were neat. Here's a small selection of photos I've taken at some of the cemeteries I've visited this year...
While I was looking for new cemeteries to explore on Find A Grave I spotted All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. It's just a short drive away and best of all, it has seven mausoleums. I've been wanting to visit a mausoleum since reading Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk*. Every cemetery previous to this day that had a mausoleum had it's doors locked. But I got to go in each of the seven mausoleums this cemetery had. It was wonderful. Totally different than walking about looking at headstones and much more weather appropriate this time of the year. In one of them I found one of the cemeteries famous residents - Hector Boiardi, better known as Chef Boyardee! Pretty neat, I didn't even know he was from around these parts.

Hope you have a lovely Wednesday!
xoxo

*Not that the book has anything to do with mausoleums. There is just a part where one of the characters meet another character in a mausoleum and the way it was described just piqued my interest.

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 800.
  


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  1. I love those puppy statues. How sweet. The tree invading that line of headstones also looks really neat.

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  2. beautiful photos :) i have to admit that exloring cementaries is extremly interesting thing to do.
    take care!
    Betty
    betty-art.blogspot.com

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  3. I have a question....are you a horror movie buff?? I am....if you are, favorite movie?? :)

    Cookie

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    1. Not really, only because I'm a big fraidy cat!

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  4. Hector J Boiardi.....makes me hungry for ravioli! I have an obsession with cemeteries as well. They are so peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures!!

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  5. Very beautiful images, I especially like the one with the tree trunk growing in between and over the grave markers... I wonder why they waited so long to get rid of the tree.

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  6. So I have an interesting cemetery proposal story for you. I have a friend whose girlfriend used to walk his dog for him in a local cemetery and sometimes they would walk the dog there together. They were also big fans of the show six feet under. So when he decided to propose this winter he bought a headstone and had it engraved "Will You Marry Me?". The headstone itself is this neat asymmetrical rock and kind of looks like something you'd find out in a garden. So he told her he wanted to take her to the cemetery where his grandparents were buried and had the headstone set up there in an empty new plot area. Pretty neat proposal huh? Oh and she said yes! ;)

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  7. Amazing photographs. Cemeteries are quite beautiful to explore on camera. I've never been in a mausoleum before either, but it looks interesting.

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  8. I love your cemetary photos! After seeing some of your posts, I headed down to my local cemetary (right by the ocean) and snapped some photos. As a complete novice at photography, I was super excited at how some of them turned out! I'm a total history nerd (I might have gasped when I saw one fellow who was on the Lusitania!!) so can't believe I hadn't been before! Definitely going back to take more photos! Thank you for inspiring me!

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    1. That's so awesome, Karen!! I'm so stoked I inspired you to head to your local cemetery. :D

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  9. Well isn't this getting weird. Just last Sunday I made a cemetery trip! I didn't find nearly as many neat headstones at this one as you did (the ones around the tree stump are fantastic!), but the light was pretty at least. And I met a giant Great Dane friend! They are one of my favorites. She was super sweet and VERY licky. See? http://www.leavemetomyprojects.com/adww-life-and-death/

    Also, Survivor is perhaps my favorite book ever. I have a copy signed by Chuck, from a reading where he groped everyone with a fake severed hand in pictures. You know, just because. He also told me, (because I went to that reading with my redhead sister Gwen), that he has a redhead named Gwen as at least a peripheral character in almost every story he's ever written.

    This he told me after he read a short story about a redhead circus freak named Gwen who had no torso, just arms and legs and pelvis and head. So weirdly cool. I love him beyond all reason. Have you ever read Stranger Than Fiction? It's his non-fiction book, which I love just about as much as his fiction.

    You're so delightfully weird and creepy. So much love.

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    1. Haha "very licky", that's a perfect way to describe ALL Great Danes. :P

      Ah! Totally jealous! I've wanted to go to a book signing of his for so long but he never comes even close to me. I've got my fingers crossed he tours for Doomed in October. I've read all his books (twice!) He's my favorite!!!

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  10. Love the row of tiny headstones marching through the tree. I have to admit though that those mausoleums scare me a little after watching Phantasm!

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  11. You have the most beautiful graveyards near you. They are stunning!

    Becky
    xx

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  12. These are wonderful photos. The puppy ones are so cute and sad. I love the tree trunk going through the headstones!

    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  13. You just got me addicted to Find A Grave :)

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  14. I love Find a Grave! Do you contribute your photos to people who are looking for long lost relatives? It's kind of fun!

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    1. I do, it's so fun! I've only done a couple so far but when the weather gets a little nicer (it's too cold right now to hunt for specific headstones) I plan on picking it back up and helping out more.

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  15. Oh I just love cemeteries! I guess it's because I was raised and lived most of my life right next to a cemetery.I guess I'm also a bit morbid, but graves, nature in there and the animals living in the graveyard are just so beautiful and exciting to me:)
    Beautiful images!Keep'em coming!:)

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  16. Aw that dog statue made me die! (no pun intended). Mausoleums are really interesting, and it's more interesting that Chef Boyardee is in one!

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  17. I love your cemetery photographs! Visiting/documenting cemeteries is a hobby of mine as well, and I also spam my blog with them: http://wanderingatnight.blogspot.com/2013/02/nola-cemetery-tour-hope-mausoleum-saint.html

    I wish I had a film camera here, New Orleans has some really cool cemeteries and such.

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  18. The one with the tree going through the tombstones is my favorite! Beautiful.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  19. I love wandering around in cemeteries, there's just so much history there. Great pics!

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  20. I was wondering if that was THE CHEF! Too neat :)

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  21. Great photos! The last one is particularly beautiful.

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  22. Wonderful - thank you for sharing. My favorite is the third one down.

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  23. Strolling through graveyards can be a deep, beautiful experience. The older, the better. xx

    nancywilde.blogspot.com

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  24. You would love the cemeteries in Italy. I went to northern Italy a few years ago with my boyfriend and we stopped by the one in his town (Ghedi) and generally speaking everyone is stacked mausoleum style but there was a small area with headstones in the back, where the really old graves were. The interesting part though was EVERY headstone and grave had a picture of the person who was buried there, like all the way back to pictures of people from hundreds of years ago. It was sooo interesting to go through and see all the people from different periods and wonder what their lives were like.

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  25. I reeeeeally like when trees grove over tombstones. It looks pretty surreal.

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    1. Me too! It's one of my favorite things to find.

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  26. Survivor is one of my faves, and everytime I pass a mausoleum I think of it. (and cleaning blood stains)

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  27. I really, really love your cemetery photography posts! When I was younger and in Girl Scouts we'd visit them when in Savannah, but all the other girls thought I was really weird because I thought cemeteries were the most beautiful things ever. I love that you have that appreciation for them too! :) Stunning pictures.

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