The first thing that I research when I’m going on vacation is the closest Catholic Cemetery. I just LOVE finding new statuary to photograph and the Catholics know how to do religious statues better than anybody else. So when I found out that my parents were going to fly us to Charleston for a week last cemetery, I knew that I would be visited Magnolia Cemetery. I googled it online and was blown away by the beautiful angels and Madonnas – it was definitely the place for me.
My goal is always to take that shot the defines what makes that particular cemetery different from anywhere else. For me, the things that I find the most fascinating about the South are the combination of the Live Oak trees and the Spanish Moss. Magnolia Cemetery had a little of both – though unfortunately never together with the beautiful statues that I wished to photograph.
Still, I think that I captured the experience of visiting Magnolia Cemetery well with this image – it is amazing how differently statues age down South than they do here in New England. There are all kinds of new growth to add texture and beauty. This lovely lady especially caught my attention – you can really feel the weight of the cross that she bears.
A year ago I took this image at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Easthampton, MA. I called it “Purple and Bumble” or “PB” for short. I love the violet and mint green combination – it makes me feel so good.
I revisited to the site yesterday on my walk through town – it’s been so hot and muggy out that I haven’t wanted to visit my favorite bee locations. It’s a pity really, I feel so out of touch with my sisters.
There were some bumbles on these flowers as well this year, but the plant was covered primarily in honeybees. Even better.
Have I talked lately about how much I love my Cannon 100mm Macro lens lately? You get less of the mint green here because I am so close to the bee, but the hairs on the buds! I chose to shoot at the most open aperture that my lens would allow (2.8) both because the 15 mph winds necessitated a fast shutter speed and also because I love creamy colored backgrounds.
And I also love that it can be “PB”…I’m just a little nostalgic like that.
I’ve been meaning to check out Mt. Auburn Cemetery for a while now so when my husband and I realized that we would be staying at a friends house nearby on Saturday night, we knew that we just had to plan a trip to walk around the cemetery on Sunday morning. We suggested it to our friends as a nice morning stroll and they all agreed – apparently they are into Pokemon Go and thought that there might be some fun Pokestops there (lol).
The cemetery was every bit as gorgeous as their website had lead me to believe – designed from the beginning to be a Garden Cemetery, it is full or rolling hills and beautiful foliage as well as the most beautiful headstones I’ve seen. Camera in hand, I set off in search of some cool Angels or maybe a Madonna or two and found….turkeys?
When I found this guy (really folks, I have no idea how to sex turkeys), he was wandering around among some headstones. I grew up in the woods of Western Mass so wild turkeys are nothing new to me but I didn’t expect to find them in the middle of an urban cemetery right outside of Boston!
I realized that he was calling out to another bird and saw his/her mate in a bush nearby.
They were talking back and forth, seeming not at all that concerned that I was photographing the two of them. But why didn’t they want to move on? Most bird don’t hang out around people for that long without a reason. I soon figured out why.
Their little one was hiding underneath a nearby tree!
There was a red tailed hawk hunting in the cemetery that we’d been watching earlier, we think that Mom and Dad turkey had stashed their baby under the tree to keep it out of sight of the predator. In fact, I watched the bigger of the two adults charge at something out of my sight which I can only assume was the hawk returning.
The hawk certainly wasn’t having anything to do with me and the turkeys seemed to realize it. They even moved the baby closer to us after the hawk appeared for the second time.
The baby hiding underneath its parent’s tail.
Finally I had to say goodbye to the little guy (who was, perhaps unsurprisingly, WAY cuter than either of his parents) and move on with my exploration of the cemetery grounds. But I won’t soon forget him!
The joke is the my husband and bestie took my to NYC for my birthday – the reality is that my husband had to work the National Stationary Show on the weekend after my birthday and I was a super brat about being left alone, so he and my bestie made plans to bring me to the city for some birthday fun. Like any 2-day trip to the city, it was a whirlwind and I didn’t get to do nearly as much as I would have liked. But I did get to visit Eataly NYC, a gorgeous Italian styled grocery store. I probably spent longer in there photographing than either of the two of them would have liked – good thing they love me.
I edited all of the photos with the same sepia look to create a series – because I’m always being asked for matching prints. I can’t wait to have them for sale in person at shows and most of them are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop. 🙂