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The southwest corner

And here’s a closer view of the church from the “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” photograph. Here’s what I had to say about visiting this place.

Hernandez, New Mexico
photographed 9.1.2019

Ansel’s view (more or less)

Hernandez, New Mexico:if you’ve heard of it all, it’s likely to be from the title of Ansel Adams’s famous photograph “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.” He made that photo in early November 1941, and since then the trees have gotten taller and there are more buildings and (I assume) 78 years of more crosses in the cemetery.

But this is the place. This is nearly his view – he was further back and higher up, along the road. But from there, you can’t even see the church at all any more.

“This is sort of a Holy Grail deal for you, isn’t it?” said the Patient Spouse as I nodded, wordlessly.

Hernandez, New Mexico
photographed 9.1.2019

PS: Also, yes, Adams’s photo has its own Wikipedia page. So there’s that.
PPS: The church had a flat roof in 1941; a carved wooden sign at the front door noting a renovation in the 1960s leads us to believe the current gable roof was added then.

the future, in the rear view mirror

Death was right there, in my rear view mirror.

Or, at least, the Petersburg cemetery was in the mirror….

Petersburg, Texas
photographed 8.10.2019

A couple of things here

First of all, it may come in handy to know that you can apparently get a handful of cemetery flowers for a dollar.

Second, this should quiet, forever, those doubters who say that cats do not go to heaven. Obviously they do: why else would this cat have angel wings?

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
photographed 10.6.2018

Angel, grounded

And here’s a cemetery angel, helpfully illustrating “dust to dust” for anyone who happens by.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
photographed 10.6.2018

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