Rose Hill Cemetery

Angel Descending

And he saith unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
— John 1:51

Today’s image is one I had fun a lot of fun with. It seemed as though she took control when her descent landed her in the Adobe® Lightroom™ “Develop” module. 🙂

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"Descending Angel" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.2 at 1/320 sec., 85 mm

“Descending Angel” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.2 at 1/320 sec., 85mm
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Resting in the Garden

There is a grave in Rose Hill Cemetery that has become a lush garden of tropical plants. Catholic idols and instruments attend this woman, this mother, who was so obviously cherished by family and friends. As I was roaming through the cemetery in the last few minutes of daylight, my eye was caught by this grave and the way the combination of light and shadow drew the eye directly to the angel statue, holding a rosary and watching over this loved one. I was struck by the variety of ways we express our grief and our love for those who have died, and liked how grief for this much-loved mother has grown into a garden.

"Resting in the Garden" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/9.0 at 1/13 sec., 85 mm

“Resting in the Garden” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/9.0 at 1/13 sec., 85 mm

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Resting in the Confederacy

“It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.”
— General Lee to General Longstreet

The Confederate battle flag hangs above the grave of Joseph E. Tuck in Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee.  Tuck served in the 3rd Georgia Infantry from 1861 – 1865, and is one of many volunteer soldiers of the Confederacy buried in this beautiful, old Central Florida cemetery. Records list him as being placed on a “leave of indulgence” in 1864, and there are varied definitions of this term. Most likely, it means he returned home at that time while remaining enlisted in the volunteer ranks.

Each Veteran’s Day, as flags are placed on the graves of American soldiers, those who served in the Confederate Army are appropriately recognized by placement of the Confederate battle flag. Being raised in the South, I have wondered – though have admittedly never taken the time to research – what truly motivated a Confederate soldier to enlist? We have come to think of the Civil War has being a war only about slavery, though there were certainly other political and cultural factors that play into why it was fought and why people enlisted. Human behavior in general leads me to suppose – and I’m guessing history bears out the supposition – that many enlisted for reasons having nothing to do with slavery. I imagine that many enlisted simply because they wanted to protect what was theirs from Northern invasion, while others most certainly succumbed to peer pressure and enlisted out of perceived social duty. Surely, many who fought and died had not the means nor need to own slaves, but became caught up in the Zeitgeist of the undertaking and were sadly swept away.

"Resting in the Confederacy" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/500 sec., 85 mm

“Resting in the Confederacy” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/500 sec., 85 mm

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Stone Mourning

“Death abides by no one’s rules…it takes what pleases it without consciousness to its decisions. It destroys what it will. It took the pieces of perfection I once knew and shattered them. Now what remains are shards of a dream, drawing blood with every step.”
Cassandra Giovanni, “Pieces of Perfection”

One of the hardest things to face since losing James has been that every morning when I awake, he dies all over again.

"Stone Mourning" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/1250 sec., 85 mm

“Stone Mourning” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/1250 sec., 85 mm

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