Bonaventure Cemetery, located in Savannah Georgia was one of the most hauntingly beautiful cemeteries I have ever seen. This cemetery has got to be a photographers dream.
Although, no photographer myself, I thought I would pretend for just a day.
And what a place to pretend.
Come along with me.....
Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time.
The approximately 100-acre cemetery is also historically significant as a reflection of changing views on death and dying in the Victorian era. As death became more romanticized and ritualized during this period, cemeteries became lush, beautiful “cities of the dead.”
Another reason behind Bonaventure’s popularity is John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which featured a cover photo of the now-famous "Bird Girl" statue, formerly located in Bonaventure. The statue has since been moved to the Telfair Museum of Art, founded through the bequest of Mary Telfair, also buried at Bonaventure.
Variations of Palm trees and moss filled Oak trees surround the areas and stones.
Spanish moss grows from hanging branches of trees in Historic Savannah Georgia and throughout the southeastern United States. It requires warm temperatures and high humidity to flourish -- and that it does in Savannah!
It's a good idea not to touch the Spanish Moss -- as it contains chiggers and other bugs.
It's a good thing we did not take any moss home with us.
This particular plot and area really caught our eye. It almost looked like a little hut.
It was pretty remarkable.
Another thing that caught my eye was the Perpetual care inscriptions on the stone. How amazing after 100 years and so on and so on, these plots and stones will always be cared for.
If you ever take a visit to Savannah, GA, I would highly recommend a stop here.
so surreal, so peaceful, so beautiful....
I truly could have spent the entire day here.
My boys on the other hand, said "let's get outta here Mom", what kid wants to be in a cemetery?
Have a great day.
See you tomorrow evening for the newbie party.
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