Titirangi Storyteller

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Eternally disgruntled

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I spotted this Celtic Cross from across the cemetery
so beautiful  catching the last rays of sun
before it slipped behind the hills and let the night creep in
And yet – in every image
it seems a scowling, sneering scold
pity it’s sullen companion
who has neither means of respite nor escape.


Written by Titirangi Storyteller

19/01/2012 at 12:26 am

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  1. Such beauty in something normally not associated with that word. Very nice pic.


    Nae's Nest

    19/01/2012 at 12:44 am

  2. It’s such a pretty place to spend the rest of time. The natural wildflowers and grasses are much prettier to me than the closely mown lawns in many cemeterys. Maybe the grumpy one thought it would be where it got more attention over the years? This looks like a little forgotten place where peace reigns. I’d much rather visit here and read someone’s history and imagine their life.


    Happy Daze

    19/01/2012 at 2:30 am

    • It’s part of Waikumete Cemetery, the oldest, largest cemetery in Auckland, maybe NZ… so there are old and new parts. Very interesting to walk through as it is also divided by religious affiliation. I did not walk through all of last night, but I did note that the Jewish and Chinese sections were absolutely pristinely maintained, mowed and decorated regardless of the age of the graves. This is an older area of the Roman Catholic section and there are a few graves that are tended to by the descendents, but by far most of them have gone wild.

      I agree the wildflowers and grasses and very beautiful – timeless and always tasteful… and of course, very photogenic… I got 165 shots last night, so there will be more.

      When I finally get to South Dakota you will have to bring me to your local!


      • Hi Storyteller. S. Dakota boasts every kind of cemetery imaginable including Boot Hill and the Black Hills National Cemetery as well as pioneer graveyards and modern ones too. Come and see for sure.


        Happy Daze

        22/01/2012 at 2:34 pm

  3. Regarding the scowling, you seem to be bringing your own baggage into the picture here. I love cemeteries — especially in England and Ireland, but anywhere really. I always want to go in and poke around and reading the headstones. There is an awesome pet cemetery (hey, isn’t that a book by Stephen King?) near NYC, in Westchester County.

    Nice choice of font for the photo. Perfect.


    Monica McLaughlin

    19/01/2012 at 7:19 am

    • It’s called pareidolia, seeing faces and expressions in inanimate objects – from the man in the moon to Jesus on a taco shell, a relatively common phenomenon.

      I’ve always loved cemeteries – and photography gives me a good reason to spend time in them, especially at the twilight hour, when the occupants are most talkative.


  4. I do so adore your appreciation of cemeteries.



    25/01/2012 at 12:36 pm

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