Bob Patrick  

Old Greenwood Cemetery by Bob Patrick

February 2021 - Old Greenwood Cemetery

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Old Greenwood Cemetery

May 14, 2020, 3:17 PM, Fuji X100V, F8 1/34 sec, ISO 400, Aperture Priority hand held.
The Fuji was a new acquisition, so decided to break it in at a quiet place.
This was Cle Elum, WA’s original City Cemetery. In the early 1900’s the City Govt. opened Laurel Hill Cemetery and attempted to close this one down. Most of the bodies were disinterred and relocated, but not all. Quite a few burials never got markers, and with time the records became inaccurate.
The City doesn’t support this cemetery any longer, but every few years a citizen work party will form and clean it up a bit. There are around 25 headstones still here, plus the undocumented interments. Except for the mosquitoes the place is peaceful and quiet, but I have not gone there at night. It is completely wooded, so most of the time everything is in shade. This was a cloudy day. Access is, now, across Posted, private property.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Good picture where the path leads into the picture. I like the tree in the foreground on the right as it gives depth to the image. I would desaturate the green color.   Posted: 02/02/2021 10:38:14

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
I like the leading line of the road and the detail in the tree on the front right. It's haunting to see graves tucked into a section of woods like that. It's not evident at first that this is a graveyard, though. Do you have photos that focus in more closely on the graveyard itself?   Posted: 02/04/2021 22:01:26
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
The remaining graves are scattered about. I mainly have to shoot them one at a time. Some of the inscriptions are not legible.
I always feel a bit awkward walking about, due to the unmarked graves. I don't know what or who I am walking on. The ground is rough and irregular (due to the disinterment's) it is also tangled with undergrowth. Sometimes I imagine one of the decedents is playing with me as a foot gets stuck in a vine.
The older stones seem to convey more story with the statistics. They have their own feel.
  Posted: 02/04/2021 22:55:41
Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
That's really fascinating! The location looks full of mystery.   Posted: 02/06/2021 23:31:45

Arief Rahardjo
I love the the dominant green color in this image. I just imagine what if this image is cropped up to near tombstone.   Posted: 02/05/2021 04:04:04

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
You have taken the image well and the image hold well owing to that gap in the trees at the far end as the viewer has somewhere to go.
But I do look at this and wonder if there was a better shot with those headstones to show off this site and make it more penitent for this historic place.   Posted: 02/08/2021 07:01:06

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
How strange, I commented on this photo w while ago and I don't see it. Well, I try to recreate it soon, no time today.   Posted: 02/22/2021 15:11:21