The cemetery

062013

The historical marker at this cemetery says, “The history of this community cemetery dates to 1854 when 18-year-old Rebecca Chambers died and was buried here. Rebecca, who reportedly was ill while traveling past here with the family of her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and E. G. Evans, asked to be buried on this flower-covered hillside. While the land was vacant public domain several other burials took place. There are about 65 early graves marked only by rocks.”

Something about a girl telling her family where she wanted to be buried haunted me the day I read the sign, and still sticks with me, and makes me want to post a dark and moody shot.  Even though Rebecca Chambers saw it when the hill was covered in flowers.

Smithwick Cemetery
Burnet County, Texas
photographed 3.9.2013

Posted on June 20, 2013, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. A touching story. The photo conveys our grief for her loss. But you can go back in Spring when the blue bonnets fill the grass and take a picture in color of this place, maybe she saw it a hill where to rest in the peace of God.

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  2. Very moody and beautiful photo. Interesting story .

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  3. You certainly captured the mood.

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  4. I agree with every one else, this is about the “moodiest” photo you’ve shown. But it’s a good fit for the story. And what story!

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  5. Beautiful image and story.

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  6. That image strikes the right chord if you’re looking for moody; very nice indeed! I should spend more time in small cemeteries – they have some interesting history behind them.

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  7. Dark and moody, perfect! I like those branches reaching down like twisty arms.

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  8. It is so sad when children sense their own deaths.

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