November afternoon: resting in peace

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Comments (13)

a2000 on January 28, 2008

Wow, that's a really touching picture. The shed leaves and the leafless trees complete the mournful mood that was already created by the tombstone.

Even though the context is pretty sad, it's a very nice composition.

May that person Rest In Peace!

Wil en Ed on January 29, 2008

The colors and leaves match exactly the mood you get visiting a place like this. Perfect picture....

Gr, Ed.

Pepe Triton on January 29, 2008

Bravo! It's overwhelming...

Pepe Triton on January 29, 2008

Excuse me, had not seen the location of the photo. ¡Carthage! There are many cities in the world with the names of Carthago, Carthage, Carthagene, Cartagena... My city was founded for Asdrubal Barca (Anibal brother) in 227 BC.

Hank Waxman on January 29, 2008

Greetings Marilyn. I don't know why cemeteries are so photogenic, but they are. Maybe it's the emotional pull of what they represent, but their pull is powerful.

On a lighter note, our paths crossed here, although I went through in the early 80's. I was traveling with one of our salesreps en route from mid-Missouri to Tulsa, and he wanted to drive the back roads.

I remember passing Lamar which is just north, and seeing the sign for Harry Truman's birthplace. Always one to follow an historic marker, I talked him into the diversion. We got there too late to tour the small white house, but I'll always remember this part of Missouri because of it.



Marilyn Whiteley on January 29, 2008

Thanks, Andres, Ed, Pepe, and Hank. On that beautiful November afternoon, I found the scene more melancholy or even "mellow" than sad as I visited the Ross plot where my great-grandparents and their children lie buried. The trees are bare but the fallen leaves give colour, and when spring comes, it will be green again.

Hank, I have been to Lamar, too. My grandmother provided a home for a boy after his parents separated. As an adult he moved there, and sometime before the 80s we visited him and his family. More common were visits to Joplin, where I had an aunt and uncle. I was fascinated by the conical slag piles at the mines along the way. And notice that I automatically called them "conical." Geometry again, even though I took no photos!

Cheers, Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on January 29, 2008

This is a nice and subtle composition, Marilyn. I like the contrast between the shadows across the tombstone and the patch of light in the background making the green grass glow.


Marilyn Whiteley on January 29, 2008

Thank you, Ryan. It's that glow in the background--yellow leaves and green grass--that challenged me to take the picture. Could I include it to make a photo of the family marker worthwhile? I'm glad you think I succeeded.


Lilypon on February 1, 2008

You did a wonderful job of capturing your ancestors' final resting place Marilyn. The hint of green moss on the grave marker, the green peeking through the leaves and the grass in the background all help tie the picture together as well.

Where did the Ross side of your family originate from? I had a great uncle that was a Ross.

Cheers, Pam

Marilyn Whiteley on February 2, 2008

Thanks, Pam, for your nice comment. I don't know what information I might have at home; not much, I'm sure. And I certainly don't have it in my head here in Quebec! They were in Missouri by the late 19th century, but when they left someplace in Scotland (presumably), and where they were in between I've no idea. I'd thought I might do some family history this winter, but within the last week and a half I've committed myself to not one but two other projects!

Cheers, Marilyn

sundew23 on April 3, 2008

I have been researching my family history and I believe I have a great and a great great grandmother buried in Carthage Ida Belle Redmond and Katherine Redmond so seeing a photograph of perhaps their last resting place is somehow very satisfying. I watched the promotional video online last night and it is definately a place Iwould like to visit. Ray Redmond

Marilyn Whiteley on April 3, 2008

I do hope you might be able to arrange a visit sometime. It had been about 35 years since I had been to Carthage, so I certainly didn't remember where the family plot was. We went to the cemetery office and there we were helped graciously and efficiently (despite its being late in the afternoon before Thanksgiving). They looked up the names and we quickly had a map which led us to the grave site.

As you can sea, it is a lovely and peaceful place, and seems to be kept in very good condition. I have two grandparents and two great-grandparents (plus members of their families) buried here. Marilyn Whiteley

sundew23 on April 5, 2008

The photograph certainly sets a peaceful scene and the colours are spectactular Carthage seems to be a place the American side of my family seem to have migrated to. My grandfather came to England during the First World War from Illinois and started off many generations of Redmonds, this side of the Atlantic, sadly their marriage did not last and he left in 1925 never to return. Ray Redmond

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 28, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Camera: OLYMPUS CORPORATION u10D,S300D,u300D
    • Taken on 2004/11/25 11:10:16
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 10.69mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash