Dead End

Dead EndWe walked to the Los Nevados cemetery, about 2 kms. out of the pueblo. A windswept hillside where the graves were planted in a disorderly jumble…the best sort of cemeteries are jumbled, don’t you think? I love cemeteries…such peaceful places, and all sorts of interesting details to look at, tombstones to decipher, imaginary stories to piece together based on names and dates…
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Unlike the cemetery in the city of Mérida, where the large stone mausoleums, statuary, and ornate curly iron fences around some of the older graves, made the whole place feel baroque and crowded, the cemetery of this small mountain town (population around 700) was spare and simple.
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Dead End

Iron, wood, or stone crosses stand on small bases.
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A few have flowers planted, but most sit stark and desolate in the dirt. The eroding hillside has pushed the graves at the very bottom of the cemetery wall, so that they lean uphill.
Dead End
Dead End
Dead End

In the shot below I managed to include the church spire of Los Nevados in the distance…the living and dead, seen together in a rare portrait.

Happy Día de Muertos!
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3 thoughts on “Dead End

  1. Aren’t those “Cana lilies” like the ones we have here also? They practically grow wild. Must be a gift from Venezuela to the Philippines!

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  2. Also Love, I forgot to ask, aren’t those “walls” on the side of the cemetery made of stacked bundles of straw? So close to my memories of my boyhood, when my Dad constructed a chicken barn of similar bales, surprisingly warm all thorough the bitter Mid West winters… In the Spring, he simply spread the “chicken barn” over the fields with the manure spreader, a contraption that he pulled behind the tractor.

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  3. Love, all your pictures are interesting, but there’s one or two pictures that are truly beautiful, remarkable for their composition and message. The one with an artistic wrought iron cross silhouetted against the sky and with a splash of color from the flowers. And the last picture, of course, another masterful message teller with color and composition perfect! Gee, you’re already back in the Port where you left Kehaar? That was a fast trip! 🙂

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