"Time amongst the dead is never time wasted." - Me
day, brunch followed by a stroll in my favorite #NewHaven #cemetery
💀🖤 I've always been pulled to the left once I enter under its Egyptian Revival gates, this time I took a hard right, stopped at the Veterans Memorial stone-thank you for your service.
It's a challenge as a die hard taphophile not to stop and take pictures of literally every other #headstone
and monument here: #funeraryart
spanning from the 1700's up to a stone I saw today that was from 2008 in every material and style. While taking a photo of the perfect example of a 'garden grave', my camera/phone inexplicably just died. Here's what happened next...... I hear a bird up in the tree to my left: I'm treated to a beautiful red headed woodpecker. I don't see them too much since my neighbors took down the slowly dying pine in their yard that used to over hang mine, so my heart was happy. Off to my right, on the ground, I see an old chubby squirrel busily digging around, not sure if he was looking for food or a place to bury food for the winter. He was feet from me, knew I was there, and continued his industrious work anyway.
is dappled through a huge golden leaved #Maple
🍁 Set against a beautiful #bluesky
, I just held up my face to the golden light and breathed deep. It seems like all the congestion in my head over the last week in this one day is finally making its way out of my body.
A few feet further along the path in the cemetery, I come to a nearly bare Hawthorn tree, naked except for a few berries which two loudly happy squawking blue jays are making a quick meal out of. As the tree is mostly bare, I can glimpse into that stunning cerulean blue sky and see a murder of crows or ravens, too high to tell which, circling and arcing above me and the cemetery.
My walk continued for another maybe 30 minutes, aware that in one hour at 4pm the gates would be locked and I needed to get home. Without the distraction of taking pictures or any electronic device, the Dead reminded me today was a really good day to be alive.