Wouldn't you say he was a happy camper to be home again??!!
Thought I would post a few pics from the Scott Kelby Photo Walk I went on Saturday, Oct 1st. Just a few days before I left for Colorado. My buddy, Catherine and I joined a group that was to meet at Graceland Cemetery on North Clark St. in Chicago. It was established in 1860 and is a haven in the city with massive oaks, elms and maples that stand in testament to the architecturally significant monuments and markers that cover 119 acres of land. Chicago "giants" are buried here, early settlers, developers, railroad car manufactures, inventors, civic planners & builders, newspapers publishers, lumber merchants. This cemetary is filled with those who made Chicago the great city it is today.
There were many mausoleums that had beautiful workmanship on the doorways. Because of their age they had this wonderful patina finish.
And my goodness there were many, many tall pedestals marking the gravesites.
This was the gravesite of the Burnham Family, early developers of the city. Very simple rock gravestone, but he had a small island that was all his.
Was that ever a surprise (shock) to be walking along and this runs in front of us. The Cemetary had a coyote that made his home there. One of the fellow photographers found his den beneath a tombstone, almost stuck his hand in but decided he best not. (a wise man does not stick hand in coyote den.....an Indian lore)
small site belonged to the Honore Family, a big developer. (Carried on thru death looks like)
And my friend, Marshall Field. I call him my friend because of how many times I went to his place of business to shop. He always sent me a thank-you in the form of my monthly bill. Very sad in this city when Marshall Field was sold to Macy's. It took me almost 4 years before I would even step foot inside Macy's. I was in protest.
Suppose he belonged to the Pope family and just stopping by to pay his respects? They did have quite a few small headstones. They were not all super sized.
Oops spoke too soon. This is another LARGE tribute, this one belongs to the Palmer Family. Another developer of our fair city and also the owner of the Palmer House Hotel. Mr. Palmer is laid to rest in that large above ground marble grave on the left, while Mrs. Palmer is on the right. Do you see the man on the left?, that gives you some idea as to the size of this.
The last one was a small gravesite that had this statue of a young man playing a flute made from bronze sitting atop the grave. Apparently he was in his early 40's when he died after completing his medical schooling and had barely started his practice when he passed away. This was my entry for my "best shot" of the day. I just liked how serene and simple and that lovely bokeh.
It was a wonderful day strolling thru this piece of Chicago history. I will definitely join a group next year. After the walk we all met at a local restuarant and bar just a couple of blocks away to enjoy a meal and talk about the coyote.
"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." ~ Emily Dickinson
Until next time.........