As I prowled through my photo files recently, I realized that I have accumulated a large number of images of cemeteries, most especially the gates. A decorative gate to a cemetery is rife with symbolism, isn't it?
|the stone angel, Neepawa Manitoba
I am rather fond of cemeteries. Probably arises as much from my history habit and my sniffing after resonance, as from the picturesque appeal of many of the well-designed cemeteries following Victorian garden cemetery aesthetic.
|Glenwood Chapel, Picton
Some of my favourite cemeteries are Picton's Glenwood Cemetery, the Cataraqui Cemetery west of Kingston and the Toronto Necropolis. Years ago, I spent hours in the Old Burying Ground in the eye of the hurricane which is downtown Halifax, and long to revisit that picturesque and moody place, for stories it tells - stories that ended there as early as 1749.
|rural Frontenac county
|three Victorian stones from the Necropolis
|"to honour and record the dead...
|..and to elevate the prestige of the living."
Kingston based architectural historian Jennifer McKendry wrote an outstanding book which I have recently borrowed from the library. Into the Silent Land is considered among reviewers as the definitive book on Ontario cemeteries by the Ontario Historical Society.
|fancy in Toronto - gateway to the Necropolis
|and plain in Trenton - Al Purdy's parents lie here
|next 5 images from Belleville cemetery
I'm already planning my next wanders - waiting for spring, to sit on a sunbaked old stone and listen to the ancestors.
|Susanna and her husband
But what does the tree stump signify?