Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Confess

I am a Taphophile.  


What is that you ask?  Why, it is a person who loves cemeteries and tombstones.  Some definitions include an interest in funerals, but that doesn't apply to me.  





I prefer a good cemetery, preferably Southern Gothic in nature.  




Those cemeteries with meaningful statuary, Spanish moss, and unpaved roadways.  

A quiet air and some 90 degree heat add to the ambiance.  




A ghost story only adds to the mystique.  



These photos come from the classic Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. 



I would like to tell you that at least one of my teenage children shares this interest with me, but sadly that is a no.  



Whenever we travel, at least one cemetery is on the itinerary.  When we were in Savannah, two cemeteries were on the schedule....more on #2 later.  




"There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery.  You can't do any business from there."  

Colonel Harlan Sanders  






37 comments:

  1. You make some great graveyard images. I think it's a great place to take shots in peace and calm. Especially when it's so nicely kept and maintained.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  2. Oh, what a gorgeous place. I've always felt comfortable and at home in cemeteries, too. Another reason to get myself over to Savannah.

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  3. Wow...gorgeous photos! I especially love that first one...what a lovely, peaceful place! The fence just makes it.

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  4. I thought I recognized the cemetery. Your photos are lovely and do it justice.

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  5. None of your children may like cemeteries, but one of your blog friends does...me! We have an old one here, and in the spring, it is glorious with trees and flowers blooming. An opera star, Grace Moore is there, among others. Some of the tombstones are elaborate and old. The one you visited in Savannah is one I have also visited. I am enjoying your trip!

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  6. The spanish moss and statues are both lovely. I like the Sanders quote. Enjoy your day and have a happy week ahead!

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  7. i agree with all of the above! beautiful photos! the "gracie" is sad...

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  8. I love old cemeteries too. The one here in Lexington is wonderful. xo Laura

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  9. You have a interesting cemetery where you are. Beautiful sculptures!

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  10. Those are gorgeous headstones! I would like one of those on my grave some day. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Oh, Michelle, these are wonderful images. I must admit that we like to wonder around cemeteries sometimes.

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  12. Beautiful photos Michelle...I too have a love of old cemeteries and tombstones...In New England you will find cemeteries with such intriguing art and history...Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Mass and the Olde Burying Point Cemetery in Salem Mass... to name a few...I would love to visit the South someday...Love the quote from Colonel Sanders!

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  13. Gorgeous but I was find them a bit creepy!

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  14. I share your interest, Michelle, and I guess there are some who think it weird. But it's a way to know a place and its history. I also think of it as honoring those who have passed even if I did not know them. And the monuments can be so intriguing.

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  15. Such a beautiful cemetery, really pretty and soothing I think. Blessings Francine.

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  16. Col. Sanders is correct again. I LOVE cemeteries too. There's no Spanish Moss up here but the stones seem similar. Stories too I'd wager.

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  17. That's a term I haven't heard of before :) I like cemeteries as well ~ the peaceful atmosphere and the old tomb stones and fences ... You have found pretty statues as well!

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  18. Is there a mini-version of taphophile? There are many things I like more than cemeteries, but when I encounter a good one, I do spend some quality time in it. For example, I have visited this cemetery (Bonaventure) on one of my trips to Savannah, and tomorrow my "upside down" theme day photograph is from Hartford's Cedar Hill Cenetery.

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  19. Oh me too! Awesome pics. I never knew there was a word for that!

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  20. Hmmm... wondering if perhaps I'm a taphophile and never realized it? This cemetery looks amazing with incredible statuary. The spanish moss just adds to the mystique. Ya, I could spend some time here... preferably with a camera.

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  21. Me too - and those southern cemeteries are the best!

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  22. I have the same interest as you! While in Charleston and Savannah a few summers ago Lolo and I ventured to many of them; very interesting. Lovely captures.

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  23. I have learned a new word! I must admit I am some what drawn to cemeteries myself. I love the Spanish Moss growing from the trees.

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  24. I don't think I've ever expressed much interest in cemeteries, but I did drive thru one out in Sag Harbor Long Island and found it extremely interesting because so many of the headstones were dated in the 1700's. Your photos are just beautiful. I can definitely see why you'd be drawn to this cemetery - it's just magnificent.

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  25. Yes....Those Southern cemeteries are quite interesting. I find it interesting to see all the unique tombstones. Not like those of today.

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  26. This cemetery has wonderful statues in it!

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  27. A fascinating post and so many beautiful images. It's the 90 degree that I do not like much...

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  28. Hi Michelle, Like they say, Learn something new every day. For today it will be Taphophile. Interesting! and Thank You!

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  29. I LOVE cemetery visits . . .
    One of my mist favorite visits was in Ireland . . ,
    I took along my waxed crayons and paper and did some wax rubbings . . .
    So much design, statue, sculpture to see in a cemetery!

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  30. I can't imagine anyone having an interest in funerals but this cemetery is a different story. What fascinating and beautiful tombstones there.

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  31. I find them very peaceful too. And I always am keenly aware that when we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord. These images are spectacular.

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  32. Your shots are lovely!
    I also follow a blogger (Jenny) who is also a Taphophile .... You can check her blog out here: http://www.jennyweber.com/
    She's also a photographer so her shots are really lovely.
    Enjoying your blog!
    Donna

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  33. I see you found your way to Bonaventure. I've visited many cemeteries across the country but this one impressed me the most.

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