One of my favorite places on the trip was visiting BONAVENTURE CEMETERY. We had planned on going in the late afternoon and shooting until dusk. Alas, the cemetery closes promptly at 5pm, so those plans were foiled! We arrived in the mid-afternoon and shot in the blinding sun until they booted us out at closing.
Boy, I tell you, Christians really know how to do up a grave site beautifully! There are tons of gorgeous statues, crosses, and gravestones. It's a very romantic cemetery - I know, it's odd to say that, but it's true!
We enjoyed ourselves so much that we stopped back by a couple days later. I'll post those photos another day.
Gracie Watson was a 6 year old who died of pneumonia. Supposedly her ghost haunts the cemetery. With all the distractions around her, I wanted to shoot her with the lensbaby to try and minimize them. Unfortunately, I am still working on getting better with it, so my focus was off a bit. Grrrrr. I tell you, I love that lens EXCEPT for the fact that the focus is manual. Between bending it to get the "sweet spot" where you want it, then focusing, it sure is a challenge!
Just some details with the lensbaby:
There were all sorts of sweet things left at the graves, including this little cherub:
We meandered over to the Jewish area, we are much more austere when it comes to grave markers!
I adored the doors on this small family mausoleum:
The custom for Jews is to leave a stone on the grave when visiting. We don't do flowers, and if you ever attend a Jewish funeral you will notice that the lack of them: