Note to Self:

Friday, April 18, 2014

A tomb, a hawk, some geese, a lot of statues, nested eggs, and a few other things I saw on a Good Friday's ride (and a few words, too)...


Okay, so a couple things. Firstly, I apologize because this is probably way more pictures than you care to look at on a blog. But I just couldn't choose so I thought I'd load a bunch. Anyhow, today of course was Good Friday. And you probably gather by now that I am not a literalist when it comes to things biblical, but mostly view the message through the eyes and ears (and heart) as metaphor. Nonetheless, it is a somber day. I've also been struggling with some issues of my own so I thought I'd go for a ride on a beautiful spring day and take photos. A cemetery seemed appropriate. It may seem odd to some that I find cemeteries beautiful and peaceful but I do. And I've posted about Forest Lawn Cemetery before (click here). It really is a beautiful place (people actually have wedding photos taken here). There's a view above to illustrate this...there are, in my opinion, worse places to have your body rest. One of the places that I was glad to discover today was the tomb of George Pierce, one of Buffalo's original bicycle manufacturers. There's a picture of my bike (below) laying at the tomb paying homage. I ended up riding around taking photos mostly of the graveside statues, which I find particularly beautiful. The cemetery is also somewhat of a goose sanctuary...they are everywhere, including nesting eggs in graveside urns (two are pictured below). Anyhow, sorry again for so many photos, but this ride and photo-shoot was something I needed today...very soothing. Click any for a slightly larger view.


















Urban Simplicity.

2 comments:

workbike said...

You aren't the only one who likes cemetries. Whe I was a teenager in the UK I liked going to a cemetry near our town where the German soldiers who dies in the UK during the wars had been buried. Being German it was much more muted and less triumphalist than the allied graveyards, and very peaceful.

The odd thing is that because it was built by the German government, even the toilets were German made...

Joe George said...

Wow, that sounds really interesting (and moving). Though born and raised in America my ancestry is actually half German. My mom's side comes from both Prussia and Alsace (but have been in the US for generations). And it's great to hear from you. Peace.