This Saturday evening I packed up my camera, tripod, borrowed one of Rachel’s lenses and went off to the Mount Hope cemetery here in Rochester. The results can be admired in the gallery. It has several claims to fame: it is the oldest victorian style cemetery in the US, it hosts several famous guests like Susan B Anthony, it has ghosts. The cemetery stretches over a couple of small hills between Highland Park and the U of R. Here are places to learn more about the cemetery: Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, the wikipedia page and from VintageViews.org.
I am sure the cemetery started with some design or layout in mind but a hundred and seventy years later only some evidence is left. There are large mausoleums of families that, I guess, want it to be known that they are dead. And then there are many small graves with just a small headstone. Many of these seem to be scattered around in an attempt to use all available space and so you’ll see headstones buried under bushes on the hillsides.
[I am writing this entry sitting on our front porch while keeping an eye on Squeak. This results in typing one sentence, looking where Squeak has wandered off to, bring her back, type another sentence. In the meantime Onno Junior is protesting behind the screen door. Alright, where was I? Oh yes, the cemetery…]
I believe the last burial was a few years ago (I did see one grave with a 2002 date) and now is very much used as a park by the residents. A place to walk the dog, Rachel and other wedding photographers use it for couples’ portraits, a place to stroll around, a place to admire.
And there are others still that make use of the area. All of a sudden I stumble upon this fellow (or gal). He was browsing around the stones and not very shy as I expect he’ll see a lot of humans. I didn’t anticipate wildlife photography on this trip so no telelens only the 17-55mm. But with moving about very calmly I managed to take a bunch of pictures of him (or her).
While taking the last couple of pictures I somehow broke my tripod. I wanted to take a shot in portrait mode and angled the camera 90 degrees. Now the camera view was lower so I pulled up the center pole of the tripod but pulled it all the way out and loose. Which then of course didn’t want to go back in. Oh well, got most of the shots I wanted and then also the camera battery was near its end.