If this is your first Graveyard or Cemetery Carnival, or better yet, your first experience with cemetery blogs, pay close attention not only to the stories but to the blog names, web addresses, and other interesting things I will try to point out when I see them.
The theme for this blog Carnival was put out there (compliments of the footnoteMaven):
“What is your favorite cemetery photograph. One where you are the photographer. Show us the photo!”
When I made the announcement I said, "we're making it easy on you." Um, some people found it not quite so easy! Read on, visit the "rides," and you will see how difficult it was for many.
Gale Wall is going to start us on our Carnival journey with her post GYR Carnival: Favorite Photo posted over at Digital Cemetery Walk saying, "My favorite photo hasn't changed since I featured it in 2009. I have updated the post for this carnival." I can certainly see why it is her favorite. Gale also helps me share our mutual passion with the subheading on her blog which reads, "Cemetery Walk: An afternoon of discovery! Every stone has a story. And they are waiting to be told." Good point, Gale!
These bloggers touch my heart in so many ways and sometimes it is the living that touches us.
Carol Stevens is helping us announce that The Rabbit is Back, Favorite Headstone that she shares with us in her Reflections from the Fence. Yes, that is the name of her blog. Carol is working on family history and you have got to love that she managed to get her husband involved, at least once, hence the reason this is marked her favorite photo. My husband thinks I am a nut case, Carol, and he hates cemeteries as much as he does hospitals, maybe more.
It is great to get your spouse involved but some even managed to take that just a little bit further.
Linda Hiser, also working on family genealogy, tells us all about The Graveyard Rabbit Returns -- Huge Stones of Scotland posted on the Flipside saying, "Wowzer tombstones of Scotland." I'll say! Linda took things a step further and got both her husband and her brother involved. This was astonishing for sure but so was the size of those stones. You could write a novel on those things! Wowzer, that is an astonishing photo!
The family participation is fun. There are other family connections as we will see as we move on.
Teresa Rogers took this fascinating photo of Two Brothers, Trees Through Eternity that she posted over on Forgotten Faces and Long Ago Places. This may be a couple of the oddest tombstones that I can remember. They are beautiful but I doubt that I will ever see ones like them again.
So many aspects of these blogs catch me off guard. I am amazed by their beauty and often by their emotional impact.
Just the name of this next one was enough to pinch my emotions.
Nicole Gattinger leads us to several things with her link entitled "All of my being is now in pining..." Since I am an insufferable romantic, my being usually is. Okay, exaggeration for effect but it pinched me nonetheless. Nicole posted this on her blog, My Grave Addiction. Nicole and I share that addiction and we also share the title of aspiring author. Nicole is much closer than I and this link will tell you all about it! Can't wait to get that book on my Kindle, Nicole!
Obviously some tales ensnare us into their world! Then there are ones that take you out of this World.
Amanda Perrine shares a Tombstone Tuesday: My Favorite Cemetery Photograph. posted on her blog, Amanda's Athenaeum saying, "This photo from The Old Loyalist Burial Grounds in Saint John, New Brunswick shows stairs that look like they head straight into heaven." I am feeling that from your photo, too, Amanda. Nice shot and nice angle! The rain added a nice touch to the scene as well. Like I said, out of this World.
There are so many things to fascinate in a graveyard. There is the spiritual and then there are things you may have never even imagined.
Henk van Kampen, known to other graveyard rabbits as The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, shares his post, GYR Carnival: Favorite where he explains that this is, "Not a favorite photo, but a favorite series: My favorite photos are the photos of the gypsy graves in Utrecht that I shot for a GYR carnival in 2009." I am so glad we get to share these photos, Henk! Gypsies have always been a fascination for me but Hollywood probably did that. I certainly never thought I would ever see a gypsy graveyard or stones.
These photo choices are difficult, for sure, but this group is rarely at a loss for just the right words.
Carol Wilkerson is a good example as she shares just the right words in her post Graveyard Rabbit Carnival - The Whittemores of Pleasant Grove Iowa posted over at iPentimento | Genealogy and History. Carol says, "Won’t you join us as we scamper through the graveyards?" I like that and it is also a perfect description, Carol -- that's what rabbits do, they scamper.
Of course if you are a rabbit with a lot of scampering under you belt, you have a lot of information to share.
Midge Frazel writes about William Stewart over on Granite in my Blood. Midge is a professional genealogist and she has several tabs on her blog that you should all do take a peek at! William is part of her family tree! Midge has been doing this for quite some time and as she remembers her original camera she says, is "seems forever ago."
Do we feel the loss of the lives marked by these stones? Of course we do, especially when they are children.
Kale Liam Hobbes introduces us to Alberta's Angels - Favourite Cemetery Photograph that he shared over on Rock of Ages: Grave Concerns. This is one of those blogs that I wanted to draw attention to the web address: leprechaun rabbit. wordpress.com. I really like that name. The photo does concern me. What I do wonder about is, were those two lambs twins?
Since we are paying attention to the web addresses, let's not stop there.
Jennifer shows us her favorite for the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival: Favourite Cemetery Photograph that she posted over at 'Over Thy Dead Body': The Cemetery Blog. If you will take notice of the web address you will notice that it says "stiffs and stones." I got a morbid chuckle out of that name. Jennifer comes to us from Ireland so you cannot say that these rabbits do not get around! They are quite well traveled.
They even travel across the ocean and I was amazed to find one in my own back yard!
Heather Rojo made an interesting discovery for her Favorite Cemetery Photo for the Carnival of Graveyard Rabbits. On her blog, Nutfield Genealogy, Heather shares how she found out just who in Hawaii she is related to! I would be stunned by that too, Heather. That is quite a discovery and you have quite a family history that you can find volumes of information about! O'ahu Cemetery is one of my favorites, and one of my neighbors. Even the cemetery has a great book.
Between the stories and the beautiful photos, I am quite amazed.
Amy O'Neal helps us wrap up our journey with a post she entitled Carnival posted over at her blog, Gravestoned, another great name! Amy's beautiful photos will leave us in just the right mood. It worked for me anyway. Very beautiful pictures, Amy. I like how you incorporated the cemetery features with the living parts of the planet -- the spring flowers, the snow. So peaceful!
I know I will not see snow in my pictures since I am the one across the ocean all of the time.
Evelyn, that's me, does not have as many photos as most of these long-time GYRabbits. But I do have ones I like a lot! The funny part is, that like Heather, my favorite is at O'ahu Cemetery. I still try to figure out What's in a Gravestone? posted over at Resting Reveries.
While participants had difficulty finding their favorite photos, I remain stumped over picking a favorite Carnival ride! These were all so wonderful and I cannot thank all of you enough for sharing a little bit of your graveyard scamperings (to use Carol Wilkerson's word) with all of us. I am truly grateful and oh so happy to make all of your acquaintances!
Now that we have resurrected this Carnival, hopefully we will be able to keep it above water and certainly no deeper than six feet under!
I hesitate to tell you to go to BlogCarnival until we can straighten the problems out with them. We will be sure to let you all know! Do visit the "rides" and be sure to share your thoughts with your fellow participants!