The Haunting Beauty of an Old New England Cemetery in Autumn

I shot these photos two years ago when Wayne and I took a morning walk in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. We spoke of life, death, and the mystery of what’s to come. The sunlight, crisp air and golden descent of decaying leaves back to earth where they will cover and nourish the ground was stunning. When I looked into the “eyes” of the old moss covered statues they seemed to be possessed with the spirits of people we’ve never met.

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Yet no grave can be naked and forsaken, for trees and shrubs and grasses and flowers will grow on it, and over it spans the grand arch of heaven. – E. H. Arr, New England Bygones

7 thoughts on “The Haunting Beauty of an Old New England Cemetery in Autumn

  1. Haunting and beautiful is right. When I was a child and my dad was stationed in Germany in the Air Force we visited my German grandfather’s grave. The cemetery was an elaborate garden unlike anything I’ve seen in the US. The rows of graves were separated by well trimmed hedges and the graves extended from the headstones with a sort of concrete frame on the ground, if that makes sense. I may not be describing it correctly but the entire cemetery was beautiful.

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