A Walk in a Cemetery

I love walking in cemeteries. Maybe not so much on a dark night where the ground fog is rising around the graves and the moon is glowing eerily from behind clouds. But on a perfect warm and sunny day, like today was, they are lovely and peaceful. Granted, some have more appeal than others. For instance, here in Ottawa, the Beechwood National Cemetery of Canada, is the oldest and most elegant in the city. It was founded in 1873 and not only does it offer gorgeous gardens, numerous species of trees, and rolling hills, it is steeped in history. Some of the most influential people in the making of Canada and the growth of Ottawa are buried there. People such as John R. Booth, a lumber and railroad baron, James Dyson Slater, one of Canada’s greatest engineers who constructed the Welland Canal, and Henry Franklin Bronson, another lumber baron who “changed the social and economic structure of Ottawa.”, to name a few. There are many more but those graves I did not see today. There are plaques in all the notable locations making it easy for one to learn the history. Beechwood is also home to Canada’s National Military Cemetery, a place I’ve been meaning to visit for years but never took the opportunity. It was truly humbling. Just as you might envision the graves at Vimy, row upon row, they are here too, just not as numerous. The effect is, nonetheless, striking. Beechwood is definitely a cemetery worth visiting if you enjoy the peacefulness of cemeteries as much as I do. Now have a look at what lovely things I found today.

Some form of what I believe to be a peony. The flower was as large as a saucer!
A beautiful angel keeping watch.
Wildflowers caught in the rays of the sun.
The burial area of soldiers from the two world wars.
The burial place of soldiers from other wars and conflicts.
Another Angel

If you’d like to see more photos from the day they will be up on my Flickr page within the next couple of day.

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4 thoughts on “A Walk in a Cemetery

  1. In Lima, we have a tour by the cemeteries by night. I’ve been postponing this visit, I don’t know why. Cemeteries have a charm of their own.
    I visited Arlington Cemetery in 2004 and my only thought was: so many lives wasted in senseless wars!

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    1. You know, Gabriela, there’s a chapel at Beechwood…old and made of stone. It’s a lovely building but looks kind of flat during the day. At night they have lighting on it which really makes it look quite stunning. I’m sure a night tour would be gorgeous…but with lots of other people. 😀

      In the military cemetery, they had placed a Sherman tank, and several cannons around as…decoration I guess. I found it a strange juxtaposition. Almost disturbing. The tools of war that ultimately killed the soldiers in the cemetery they are decorating. War is absolutely senseless, I agree.

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  2. Thank you for sharing these amazing photographs. The last one with the angel and the spider is unbelievably beautiful. Wow!
    I am fascinated by cemeteries. Over the years I’ve been to Venice more times than I can remember. I was lost in the back alleys on a free Friday afternoon when I chanced upon a small, neglected and unassuming cemetery. I went in and experienced what I believe to be my most memorable time in Italy. I’m not fascinated by death or anything. To me it is another manifestation of life. Perhaps it is the peace and quiet that I find there which draws me in. After all dead people are very quiet, as far as we know that is.
    Brilliant post!

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    1. Well, Melinda Gordon may disagree with you but my experience with the dead is the same as yours, Abufares. 🙂 I love small, old cemeteries, in particular, and I can just imagine how this one you saw in Italy must have been. Thank you for your compliment on the angel. Believe it or not, I had not noticed the spider through the lens. I’m so happy it’s there though! So glad you stopped by!

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