Pamela Hoaglund  

Cemetery Wildflowers by Pamela Hoaglund

May 2021 - Cemetery Wildflowers

About the Image(s)

There is an Old Settlers Cemetery several miles from where I live and in the spring wildflowers bloom among the old tombstones. The first spring flowers are very close to the ground and don’t last long. This second bloom of flowers are a different kind. I saw them as I drove by the other day and made a note to go back and photograph them amongst the tombstones. Last evening I did just that and had fun with some different compositions. I don’t know how many are buried here as there aren’t very many headstones. Some of the markers are those of military men. It was established in 1855. Taken with my iPhone 12 mini.

11 comments posted

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Interesting mix of new flowers and old stones. Kind of bifurcated image though. Since I'm on the desktop now, here's how it might look with PS. I think we could also get it done with our phone apps.   Posted: 05/04/2021 16:20:44
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Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I don't understand what you mean that the image is bifurcated.   Posted: 05/05/2021 10:03:37
Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Sorry...maybe I used the wrong word. I meant that it is evenly split between the trees and stones with a large space in the center. So I removed the center space to move the trees and stones closer.   Posted: 05/05/2021 10:09:36

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
You had a wonderful capture of this Historic area and good light. Sol's editing idea really makes a better composition and a very strong image. He also cropped a little off the bottom. I would never have though of taking out an area between the trees. So glad I am in the study group. Jerry   Posted: 05/05/2021 11:07:14

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
I am glad I am not the only one who didn't know what Sol meant by bifurcated. I was concentrating on trying (and failing) to identify the flowers. They clearly say spring and new life. The contrast with the tombstones and the trees they may have nourished is almost poetic. Glad you went back.   Posted: 05/05/2021 11:24:01

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Old cemeteries make for interesting photos. The historic tombstones typically show the ages of being exposed to the rough weather conditions. The angle of the stones and the colorful flowers make for a nice image. You show your ability to see a good photography here. You realized that in the near future there is going to be an opportunity. You stayed with it and captured the scene you wanted. Nicely done. Good lesson for us to remember. Thanks Pam.   Posted: 05/07/2021 07:53:10

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
My thoughts are like Richard's. The contrast between new life and death is good. The hope of spring. We can imagine how important spring was to pre-industrial folks. But I digress. Nice treatment. Did you try shooting from a lower angle?

  Posted: 05/08/2021 20:52:37
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I did try some lower angle shots but when I got too low the houses across the street ended up in the image.   Posted: 05/09/2021 15:35:31

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
The blue and white wild flowers really make this old cemetery image very compelling. The flowers are the perfect backdrop for the old grey tombstones and bark on two trees. Flowers are delightful. Don't recognize the wildflowers. Do you know their name?   Posted: 05/10/2021 08:11:16
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I don't know the name of the flowers. I should look in my wildflower book to see if I can identify the,.   Posted: 05/10/2021 10:19:05
Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
They're really beautiful and love native plants especially a field of them like those in your photograph.   Posted: 05/10/2021 10:52:52


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