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Now and again, a sensitive eye really captures an ultra spiritual photograph of Gracie which in this case belongs to Nicole Bassett, a client from a recent Bonaventure After Hours' event. Its actually only this time of year where the setting sun makes it nearly impossible to stand straight in front of Gracie without being blinded, yet its as if Gracie is then made more spiritual as it gives the appearance of her straddling two worlds, both the earthly and Heavenly, very gateway likeness. Nicole wisely crouched down and caught this moment out of the direct light but as you'll notice its as if there's a visual carpet of connecting elements all the way from the viewers perspective back to the position of the setting sun and the light itself makes the whole scene feel a heavenly paradise where Little Gracie sits as greeter, guardian cherub and life's ultimate Eternal Child. #nicolebassett #littlegracie #shannonscott #shannonspencerscott #shannomscottstoryist #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventureafterhours #photography #sunset #garden #gardenofeve #gardenofgoodandevil #johnwalzsculptor #Gettysburg #eternal #sunlight #sunshine #shadows #color #nature #visualart #eternalchild at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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A low relief angel depicted as if materializing at the grave to take home these children of God or perhaps symbolic of how the departed buried below, their names all close to the Heaven's door, were all indeed met and welcomed in. Carved by Gettysburg Battlefield famed sculptor, John Walz for 2 wives and a husband all buried together, and while married in different chapters of life, perhaps the grave style speaks a certain reality or truth about such choices regarding spouses or even how they may have lived around each other. No one is sure less to say the F.D. Ruckert house is really two homes joined together on Jones Street, suggesting they lived side by side and as F.D. Ruckert owned a tavern on Broughton St in the 1870s, many a joke made about "that wild bar life." Really its just fun to theorize but most find humor in the grave's use of the word "Also." Like, "And also featuring his 2nd wife Louila." Beautiful and proof graves can make you laugh. #gravehumor #gravesite #funny #humor #marriage #wives #husbands #bar #tavern #pub #polyamorous #Savannah #bonaventure #cemetery #gettysburg #johnwalzsculptor #art #sculptors at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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Little Gracie Watson resurrected for The Grand Opening of The Bonaventure Welcome Center & Gift Shop this past Friday The 13th! Per usual she got all of the attention! Photo by very talented Jennifer Gleason! #littlegracie #johnwalzsculptor #jennifergleasonphotography #ghost #resurrection #grace #gracie #prodigy #talented #child #pulaski #artist #sculpture #sculptor #marble #carving #funeral #graves #headstones #apparition #spiritual at Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

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"Dreamtime." Reminds that beneath the pretty azaleas and statuary, Bonaventure grounds are filled with children "napping in Heaven." They saw only one Spring bloom or just a few before they made their way back home. #bonaventurecemetery #baby #infantmortality #children #toddler #parents #mommy #daddy #cemetery #monument #gravemarker #johnwalzsculptor at Savannah, Georgia

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What sculptor John Walz did to this monument was brilliant. Hiding a headstone with emblems of life to show the usurpation of death. For one we see a Resurrection Palm wrapped around like a loving arm, then bookended by The Curtain of Life draped over to show how the play in this life has ended but a new act in Heaven opening. Between them is The Winged Hourglass ascending which is the Master Mystic symbol of The Freemasons showing a 33rd Degree Mason. Tying all together like theater cord with tassels is what is called The Golden Cord, emblematic of the robe cords of The Apostles. Just powerful if one knows what one is looking at. #bonaventurecemetery #johnwalzsculptor #treeoflife #freemasonry #33rddegreemason #jamesarthurschaffer #shannonspencerscott #shannonscottstoryist #curtainoflife #veiloflife #apostles #wingedhourglass #sculpture #arthistory #savannahga

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An angel came upon us...Ah if only there were masters like John Walz still sculpting angels like this one. Odd but he never saw this work in Bonaventure. It was installed some years after his death in 1922. But the world loves it and I praise his virtues graveside daily here. The angel holds heart clenched flowers to show the intense love and grief. Just glorious. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #angels #art #sculpture #johnwalzsculptor #visitsavannah #savannahga www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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You will lose your mind when you see what's in this photo! Taken today on a tour by one of our clients listening to the story of Little Gracie. It is said she haunts downtown Savannah on the former site of a hotel where she lived and has been seen in Bonaventure through the years. What do you see? #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #johnwalzsculptor #visitsavannah #supernatural #anomaly #ghosts #paranormal #hauntings #legend #littlegracie www.shannonscott.com at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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The only Bonaventure tattoo we've ever seen, here in a picture taken on one of our tours. It depicts "Little Gracie" who died of pneumonia at 6, 1889 and was beloved to the world. When we asked the patron why this tattoo, she said, "she wanted to walk with Gracie everywhere in the world, and Gracie to walk with her." Lovely. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #6thsenseworld #littlegracie #johnwalzsculptor #tattoo #goodfortunetattoo #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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"Stand Alone" There is much solace and reflection to be found in cemeteries and this was a quiet moment today between the rain and a tornado that touched down. It's also proof of Savannah's winter colors. #catholiccemeterysavannah #johnwalzsculptor #shannonscottstoryist #art #graveyards #visitsavannah #cemetery #angels #marble #carving #solace #memory www.shannonscott.com

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There was just something about her eyes & being so close to a child's plot. She learned that day that most children her age didn't grow as old in the Victorian world. Her eyes seemed to wear the understanding. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #johnwalzsculptor #children #photography #art #cemetery #sculpture #babies #infantmortality #victorian #penicilin #visitsavannah #thunderboltga www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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An angel salutes the skies as Heaven let's some of its golden light wash across the earth at sunset. This John Walz sculpture rarely disappoints at this hour. #catholiccemeterysavannah #johnwalzsculptor #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #angels #art #sculpture #cemetery #sunset #boredsavannah www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com www.shannonscott.com

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The Storyist doing his thing. Discussing a baptismal styled font plot for one of the Desbouillion family. Sculpted by John Walz. Pre-1922, before penicillin, child mortality drove the cemetery trade and kept the stone cutters and sculptors in business! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #6thsenseworld #victorian #penicilin #infantmortality # #johnwalzsculptor www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com at Bonaventure Cemetery

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Bonaventure is a library of stories. Every grave a book on the shelf. We might say pre-penicilin, the library's largest section are children's books. This baptismal font styled grave done by sculptor John Walz. They were planted with ivy vines to show the flow of water. Such a hardship to think this mother only bathed her own babe a handful of times. Too young to be then covered in dirt. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #johnwalzsculptor #cherub #penicilin #infantmortality #grave #eternalvine www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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