When I promise, I deliver. This is part two of my fun morning at the Sacramento Historical City Cemetery. This cemetery is known by another name: The Old City Cemetery. And, because of its historical nature, volunteer tours are given on weekends and various holidays. The who was who of Sacramento are buried here.
What I find interesting, besides the beautiful flowers, are the grave stones and monuments. Some are simple and some ornate. On my first visit there, I found one that simply said: “Our Baby.” Life spans are given in years, months and days. If you’re a history buff, you’ll find it here.
Maybe that’s why the City in its misguided effort is trying to take away the roses to present history as they think it was. But that would take away the beautiful attraction to the cemetery. This move is being fought by the volunteers who planted the gardens surrounding the grave sites. I’ll keep you posted on their effort.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the pictures. And, as promised in a prior post, I just sent in an order to have five of my black and white images printed!
Purple in all shades dominated the gardens.
This grave site is simply beautiful. Was the palm tree there historically?
I love the red flowers.
Soft in its beauty.
The head stones were beautifully engraved. This one, a sad loss.
Can you imagine these stones without flowers?
Some of the history: The son of Alexander Hamilton is buried here.
Getting close with the macro lens.
A lone flower waits for friends to bloom.
It takes two bugs to do this flower justice.
Another grave made beautiful with a floral addition.
We visited the Sacramento Historical City Cemetery with a sense of loss. Not for people who have died and are buried there; for the flowers and archways the City wants to take out. The goal they say is to bring the cemetery back to what it would have been in the 1800s. What, they didn’t have flowers then?
We come to shoot here at least twice a year. We come for the history and the beauty of the gardens. We came this time because the flowers were blooming and there was no breeze. Well, just a slight intermittent breeze, but great for macro work. I haven’t been able to use my macro lens all winter. Fortunately, my walk around lens does a great job on close up shots, and I’ve been making do with it.
But this Tuesday was macro madness indeed! And, I came upon some head stones and statues I hadn’t shot before. You could keep going back and come home with images from a different perspective.
We also met the head volunteer who is fighting the City, trying to keep the gardens as is. I hope she wins. This is going to be a 2-part post because I have so much to show you. I hope my next post about this amazing cemetery isn’t to say that the flowers are gone, because that would be a great loss.
Got up close inside this flower.
I carried 2 cameras so I could take wide angle shots.
I wanted to show you how beautiful the plants make the cemetery.
I wonder what this will be when it opens?
Bee’s were also enjoying the flowers.
They were buzzing from one flower to another.
And there were many types of bees.
Another flower; another bee.
The flowers add to the peacefulness.
There are plenty of trees in the cemetery.
A bench by a mausoleum.
More of the grounds.
It is so beautiful here, but it wouldn’t be the same without the flowers.
Is it wierd to keep going back to a cemetery just to shoot photos? This cemetery draws me back, and back. It’s large enough that your get shoot it all in one visit, and, for me, I seem to focus on different things all the time. This time it was the statues. They are beautiful, and are non-existent in today’s graveyards. They express the sadness of loss and hope for an afterlife.
This time I also found some masoleums worth shooting, some small grave stones and flowers. History is in this cemetery, so I guess I’ll keep going back until I’ve shot it all!