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At a tiny little cemetery near me, an oasis away from the light pollution on a full-moon night.



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The phrase "six feet under" has no connection to the depths of modern graves. Graves in the US are now only deep enough to have sufficient dirt on top to grow grass. Newton Bell finishes up a grave site in the local South Apopka cemetery before dropping in the vault that will contain the casket the following day.

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No I went a little crazy w/post-processing
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St. Leo's Cemetery #4[/url] by rdc154, on Flickr
Nicely done, very evocative, for want of a better word.
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This was a weird and poignant discovery for me several years ago: a corner of a more or less disused cemetery devoted to members of the Free Souls Motorcycle Club (FSMC). The cemetery sits on the hip of a heavily wooded hill above Noti, Oregon, not far from the lumber mill which keeps the town alive.

The FSMC stones, clustered in a bunch, seem to have been commissioned by surviving members of the club, because each stone is engraved with the club’s abbreviation, the member’s nickname, and in some cases an ankh (free soul, I.e.) , a motorcycle profile or a favorite weapon. I doubt that more than a few members are interred there, though there would be room for an urn beneath.



Engraved nunchuks, a Bic lighter, a Raphael putto and the Egyptian symbol for a soul--the symbolic attendants of Fish who has no family name, other than that of his talisman, Harley Davidson. Maybe he died with his boots on; a sodden pair lies to the right. It's a strange life and a stranger afterlife.





Bergie seems to have lived longer than most of the others. Was he their father-figure, or minister, given his cross and separation from the rank and file of the other commemorative stones?



Lightning died--was killed, as his legend emphasizes--in 1978, long before the Free Souls MC bought its corner lot. Most of the FSMC memorialized here died between 1993-2014. Like Lightnin, most died (or were killed) in their 30s and 40s. The pride and honor of belonging to FSMC figure into this, though not family; there are no references to family, other than inclusion in FSMC. I suspect a lot of lumberyard work, alcohol, weed and meth are in their backstories as well.

These images were shot with a Hexar RF and ZM 28/2.8. There are other digital images of individual stones, photographed with an XE1 or a GR, but I never added them in my RFF gallery.
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Not far away from FSMC, in the open field where the latest burials are, this deeply strange mound commemorating a “beloved grandmother.”



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Fascinating - thank you Robert. That last one is extremely distinctive!
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Here's one for you guys, who think the cemeteries should be gloomy:
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^^^^ Robert , that's quite the find , the motorcyclist graveyard ! Any more info on what is now called "the back story " , being a motorcyclist it's got my curiosity up ? Peter
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Peter, I no longer live in Oregon, so asking around Noti is not a possibility for the time being. More than once I considered driving back there and asking around at the PO, convenience store, or tavern, but I didn’t.

I do recall that the cemetery is named the Sailor Cemetery, and is listed as a pioneer cemetery. I expected to find sailors, not Harley club memorials! There is a roadside sign directing where to turn in. More info on its location here, just off Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast.

https://roadsidethoughts.com/or/ceme...ne-profile.htm

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Its funny how many people are scared of cemeteries. I oddly perhaps kind of like them. They are full of family love, history and the story of ordinary people. It is perhaps why so many cultures carry out ancestor worship. Sad we have forgotten how to.

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^^^^ Thanks for getting back to me Robert , strangely coincidental I was through that area 2 years ago on my way to a Moto-Guzzi rally , maybe next time . Peter
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^^^^^Some lovely images on this page in terms of subject matter. Old cemeteries tend to display so much human caring and honest grief.
The personal jumble of beautiful statuary and writing on the headstones, makes old cemeteries seem like a crowd of different and real people who are still alive somehow.

There is an unfortunate trend, in this country at least, for some cemeteries to disallow any kind of above ground marker except flat ground level stones, simply so that groundskeepers can save time by hurriedly running large mowers over everything. Nothing says “We don’t care” quite as definitively as that.
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OK, I got the memo that "cemetery" photos should not include people.

The town of St. Joseph became the largest community in Florida in its six year existence. The Florida state constitution, declaring Florida a state was signed there. In 1841 a ship carrying yellow fever docked there. Most of the residents quickly died of yellow fever while those few remaining fled. Several years later a massive hurricane destroyed most of the unoccupied buildings. This cemetery, known as the "yellow fever cemetery" is all that remains of the town of St. Joseph.

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^That's quite the back story Bob ,thanks . Peter
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10 months shy of 22, and 6 weeks short of coming home.
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