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Graveyard in fog

Matt suggested in comments that the road painting I posted last night might have monsters lurking just around the bend. Actually, I’d seen that road as leading someplace cheery (with the sunrise and all). But Matt gave me an idea that my next attempt at art should be something very non-cheery.

I thought about old tombstones with long morning or evening shadows. This morning the sun wasn’t cooperating, but I got these photos. No shadows, just fog.

Not great photography, I know. But sufficient gloom to work with.




And this final photo is the one I think I’ll try to work with. No idea how to capture that mist with colored pencil or pastel. But I’ll see what I can do.


This cemetery is a place where the dogs and I frequently walk. In that final shot are two of the saddest tombstones I’ve ever seen (from a few weeks in 1902 and ’03). Definitely a haunted place, but that’s a tale for another time.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 20, 2015 1:23 pm

    I’m just so bad about taking pictures, even now with a digital camera, and almost never took any when I had a regular film camera… but I wish so much I’d taken pictures when I made a trip to New England in 1987. We visited a fair number of old cemetaries in Mass. and Vermont. Some were well tended and some were nearly abandoned. The photo opportunities were endless and most of it was so moving… to see the headstones from hundreds of years ago. So many could no longer be read. The time was early May, and there was fog or rain often. Wish I’d taken some pictures.

  2. Fred
    Fred January 20, 2015 1:49 pm

    walked thru an old cemetery in central Ca. once.Very sad seeing all the families knocked out by the flu epidemic,hard times memorialized in granite.

  3. Pat
    Pat January 20, 2015 2:18 pm

    Nos. 2 & 3 look like the gravestones could be walking — or talking to each other. No. 4 may be “haunted”, but it looks so peaceful to be walking there. Those are good shots in the fog.

  4. Matt, another
    Matt, another January 21, 2015 5:14 am

    Great photos!

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