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At rest above the valley

I like cemeteries. Which is not to say I hang out in them regularly, but occasionally circumstances take you to or near them and I find it easy to while away time just walking around.

Though I’m not religious I appreciate the symbolism and aesthetics, from the sombre beauty of military and battleground cemeteries on the Western Front and Gallipoli, to old and crumbling UK graveyards, to above-ground graves dotted across Vietnamese paddocks, to simple unmaintained burial grounds in rural Turkey. You get an impression of the history and culture of a place. You also get a fleeting insight to the lives of those who have passed and those left behind.

So during a walk around my home town earlier this year I found myself heading up to the cemetery.

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

Helensville Cemetery

I actually had in mind to find the grave of a boy I grew up with but try as I might, it evaded me.

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  1. I love graveyards too! These are gorgeous photographs Hayley. I like them all but especially the one with the view down across the river.

    4 May 2013
    • Thanks very much Lottie, it was a nice lift to see your comment as I dragged myself off to work for a few hours of Saturday catch-up!

      4 May 2013
  2. Beautiful photos! I also love walking through cemeteries with my camera. They offer such great photo opportunities!

    4 May 2013
    • Thank you! They do don’t they. Your blog looks great, I’m about to follow it 🙂

      4 May 2013
  3. Your photos really capture that feeling especial to a cemetery that’s hard to describe (but I think those of us responding here know it well). Being up on a hill like that makes this a really interesting place indeed. Thanks for sharing. Love!

    5 May 2013
    • Thank you! 🙂 Yes it is one of those quite idyllic hill-top settings. Back in the day I imagine it would have been quite isolated, now of course the town has grown up to meet it. I’ve never had in mind to ‘end up there’ myself though, but that’s a whole other topic!

      5 May 2013
  4. So wonderful photos. I love graveyards too! I have made few posts presenting memorial art on Finnish graveyards. If You someday visit in Paris, do not leave it without visiting the Père Lachaise Cemetery!!!

    9 May 2013
    • Thanks so much. I did visit Paris a couple of years ago, briefly, and there was only time to do the basics. I will have to remember your recommendation for next time!

      9 May 2013

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