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Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday Stroll


Perhaps this will sound odd, but after church Sunday, my husband and I climbed into the car and drove to the cemetery, which happens to be one of my favorite locations.  I wrote about it here once, before readers found Middle Passages–if you want to see more, click on this link.  Sunday, we had a specific reason for visiting which I won’t go into, other than to assure you it was not sad, and, I brought the camera.  



Climbing up the terraced hills overlooking the harbor, the view from this peaceful spot settles with a soothing comfort.  The September sun has tipped low enough on the horizon to mute the earth in yellows and golds as the land quiets itself for winter.  As we descended granite steps to the water’s edge, the crunch of our feet on gravel startled a flock of cormorants–their wings clapped the water like applause in their haste to depart.   

Turning, we discovered a congregation of snowy egrets perched amid the marsh grass.  I had the camera, but no telephoto, so I tiptoed toward them—with each step, a bird, or two, or three, lifted into the air.  Soon, a flock of white birds decorated the pine trees on the opposite shore.  One lone egret remained, craning his neck toward the water so intent on breakfast, he stood as frozen as the granite statues dotting the terraced hills, shadowing us from behind.








11 comments:

Yvonne Osborne said...

Pretty, the snowy egrets. I think that I have never seen one. Cemeteries are peaceful and I rather enjoy walking through old ones and reading the stories on the stones.

glnroz said...

such a pretty sight...seems like the leaves will be turning in a short while...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Must've been an awesome sight.

Johanna Garth said...

Those pictures are beautiful. Not strange at all. My children are fascinated by our local cemetary.

Ali Crehan said...

I grew up near this cemetery, and it was one of my favorite spots in the whole town. Peaceful and beautiful.

Arlee Bird said...

Cemeteries are often rather scenic places to go, I guess for a good reason. The one we typically go to here is on a mountainside and it overlooks the vast basin that includes downtown Los Angeles. On a clear day the view is quite grand.


Lee
Wrote By Rote

mshatch said...

our tress are turning up here in Maine, too, and the greens are fading. Not so bright anymore, and hardly any flowers except mums. I miss summer already.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great picture even without the zoom.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I guess I'm odd too. I enjoy the beauty and peace of many cemeteries.

I enjoyed your picture of the egrets must have been gorgeous to see them flying.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Lydia Kang said...

So pretty! Anytime I see a crane or egret I'm stunned by how pretty they are.

Jan Morrison said...

I love a nice old cemetary. We have some great ones around here.
Thank you for your wonderful words and beautiful photos. Balm to this heart.