Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 3 – What Lurks In The Shadows?

For this challenge, I decided to take a trip to my favorite graveyard. I was pleasantly surprised to find it almost completely abandoned, except for a few people wandering in and out. Considering it is the week before Halloween and the reputation of the cemetery I found myself in luck.

The Fulton family gravestone is probably the most well-known. It is definitely the largest and most interesting that remains in the cemetery. I’ve always found it interesting that the “Father” headstone held a place of honor to the right of the main family marker but bore no name. (There were A LOT of Fultons but I’m guessing that everyone knew which one this was?)

Fulton

The creep factor, if you want to look at it that way, is when you walk around to the back.

Infant Daughter

This is where you find the “Infant Daughter” marker, once again with no name or dates. It’s curious that it is hidden behind the main gravestone. As long as I can remember, people have left offerings for the unknown Infant Daughter. Today’s haul was nothing to sneeze at- many stuffed toys, coins, sports team game schedules, gum, candy and a black candle. And it was only as I moved in to get a closer look at the key and horse charm laying on top of the marker that I saw the bear nestled behind the infant marker and leaning against the large family marker, staring up at me.

This post is part of Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 3- What Lurks In The Shadows?. Click on the link to find out how you can participate!

Nothing Says “Abandoned” Like an Abandoned Cemetery

For Cee’s Black & White Challenge, the theme is Abandoned or Alone. Specific photos from my visits to an abandoned cemetery that I visit from time to time came to mind. This is Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, which is located in the suburbs south of Chicago. Whenever I feel like taking the ride, I visit there to see what has changed since my last visit.

The reason I thought of these photos was because usually someone leaves something behind. One grave stone bears the name “Infant Daughter” and there is usually an odd assortment of offerings. Because they are toys, it gives a feeling of sadness just to look at it. There might be flowers left on graves, and I always wonder if it is a random act of caring or if the person is a long ago relative.

Regardless, this cemetery gives off a strong feeling of being abandoned quite simply because it is. No one is really taking care of it so it has fallen to strangers to form groups and clean it up themselves. And if it feels abandoned in color, in black and white it is even more so.

Thanks to Cee for hosting Cee’s Black & White Challenge! Be sure to visit here to see all the latest entries. And thank you for dropping in!

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Photography 101: My Favorite Shots

As Photography 101 comes to an end, I would like to share some of my favorite shots. I found this to be a rewarding experience. I have always enjoyed taking pictures and the tips offered in each assignment were very helpful. It would be great if there was a Photography 201 down the line!

Ghost in the Graveyard

Today Kris and I went on a trek to Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery. It has the reputation of being one of the most haunted places in the Chicagoland area. It is a half hour drive from the city. It is said to be the site of countless ghostly hauntings and happenings over the years. Rumors report that it was a dumping ground for the mob in the 1920’s and 1930’s although there is no evidence to support this. There have been numerous sightings of floating orbs of light and near collisions with phantom vehicles.

Anyone who lives in the Chicago area and is interested in ghosts and haunted places has heard about Bachelor’s Grove. It took me awhile to take the time to locate it and give it a visit. Since finding it, I have visited this cemetery a few times over the past few years. During this visit, while nothing eventful seemed to have happened while we were there, I did notice that some of the headstones and grave markers had been moved since my last visit, about a year ago. One example is shown in the photo with the headstone sitting on the path by the entrance of the cemetery. Apparently this is a common occurrence and has nothing to do with spirits in the least. There seems to be no shortage in people looking to get into trouble and an abandoned graveyard is the perfect location.

When we got home and I pulled up the pictures on my laptop, I was surprised to find that some showed what could be described as orbs. I can honestly say that I didn’t see anything at the time. See the shiny dots that are in each picture? Do I think they are spiritual orbs? I’m not sure what they are. I can honestly say that there was nothing on the ground to cause these reflections (especially the ones that are in the shadows where the sunlight was blocked) and I can honestly say that it wasn’t my phone because I took over 100 pictures and they appeared on approximately 10. I’ve had strange things show up in photos on other occasions but none like this- and none that were consistently the same thing.

Last of all, I do believe in other beings, be they ghosts, angels, spirits….. something is out there. Was it hanging around Bachelor’s Grove today? I can’t say. What do you think? Do you believe in ghosts?