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it depends on the way that you see

This cemetery had one of the few expressly-designated paupers areas that I have ever seen. Most of the markers in that part of the cemetery were non-existent and the simple concrete markers on the rest of them had eroded to the point where the graves were mostly just marked by pieces of rebar.

Bovina, Texas
photographed 6.6.2021

the place so nice they named it twice

It was a pretty nice cemetery – I’ll grant them that. But doubling the signage? OK…I guess I’ll let that go, too. Because that’s the kind of mood I’m in.

Quay County, New Mexico
photographed 6.4.2021


All the cemetery trash – faded plastic flowers, dead real ones, a surprising number of beer cans, and pieces of tumbleweeds – has been relegated to a cage at the back.

Dora, New Mexico
photographed 5.23.2021

Sunlight Rained Down

High thin clouds diffused the sunlight that was spilling onto the cemetery.

Selected for its healthful climate, the nearby installation of Fort Stanton served as a tuberculosis hospital for the Merchant Marines, hosting some 5,000 sailor patients between 1899 and 1953, 1,500 of whom are buried here in this desert location.

Fort Stanton, New Mexico
photographed 4.25.2021

New Growth

This tenacious little tree has decided to overshadow a tiny headstone.

Twin Sisters, Texas
photographed 4.18.2021

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