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Bonaventure is The South's most recognized cemetery and is known worldwide. Shannon Scott is her most celebrated storyist. #bonaventurecemetery

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Love when UPS man brings me my new posters! at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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The new 12 x 18, "LOVE, TRUTH & STORIES" poster is here! Featuring many symbols of secret societies and Bonaventure imagery like Little Gracie! Get one in a tube signed by Shannon Scott for $20 + $3.50 shipping. We accept CCs, PayPal, Checks, Cash. Just email [email protected] for details! #art #poster #visitsavannah #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventure #skull #halloween #heart #cemetery #flowers #beehive #bees #hand #savannah #travel #keepsake #souvenirs #secretsociety #freemasons #322 #skullandbones #allseeingeye #rah #obelisk at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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Getting the Halloween wardrobe together! #halloween #october #michaelmyers #skull #roses #brooksanddunn #dead #samhain at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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Post mortem or memento mori photos were all the rage at one time if you can imagine. Here we see a mother posing with her deceased infant sitting in a doll's rocking chairI think in an age like The Victorian, with such Renaissance in industry and civilization, it made the number of children dying seem even more confounding and at times, like God's punishment. Victorians also in that sense of burying their children week in and week out, had a profound sense of life's fragility. Much more than our own throw away society of today. It was rare to say the least, in the early hours of expensive photography, to own a photograph of your loved one, let alone a newborn. So often the memento mori was it. Many of those photographers were found here in Savannah in City Market. Photo Courtesy of The Jack Mord Collection. Check out his book, "Beyond The Dark Veil" for more or his website, www.thanantosarchive.com #mementomori #postmortem #jackmord #beyondthedarkveil #thanatosarchive at Savannah, Georgia

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My heart just broke. Every boy's hero. #ripburtreynolds #ripthebandit

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Real men take the object of their affection on picnic dates in cemeteries. Just ax Axl. #axlrose #picnic #picnicdate #stephanieseymour #romantic #winelover at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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The Broken Tree of Life by legendary sculptor John Walz. These populated cemeteries in the late 19th century, early 20th century as shows of a life cut short, that death is part of life's process and also connected to the secret society or "friendly society," of the W.O.W. and W.W.O.W #treeoflife #brokenheart #forestry #wow #wwow #woods #woodsmen #woodswomen #insurance #schaefer #Gettysburg #battlefield #Savannah #philadelphia #visitsavannah at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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When architecture, landscape, nature and photography all meet in a perfect place. #bonaventure #obelisk #urn #flame #industrial #sky #clouds #trees #landscapephotography #naturephotography #green #blue #art #sculptures #marble #mold #roadtrip #sand at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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From A Child To A Child, "Hope your Birthday is a big stick of cotton candy!" #birthdaygirl #birthdays #childhood #friends #greetingcards #birthdaycard #flowerstagram #surprise #partydecorations #sad #loss #memory #rememberme at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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Most plants in Victorian cemetery plots had Biblical ties and most notable the Sago Palm. Beautiful and deadly poisonous. #sago #poison #plants #symbolism #bibleverse #religion #faith #afterlife #christianity #jesuschrist #bonaventurecemeteryjourneys #shannonscottstoryist at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys

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Bonaventure showing off. at Savannah, Georgia

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A dream come true finally while on vacation, visiting Cahokia across from St Louis. Here we see The Twin Mounds of Cahokia, Charnel Mound on top, Fox Mound on bottom, both of which reposed in the mystery city in America where over 1000 years ago, the natives built the tallest earthen mound structure (Monk's Mound) in the Americas. Reaching 100 ft in height and shares the same footprint as Giza and who's measurements match as if builders had the same map. At its height around 1300 A D. as many as 40,000 people inhabited rivaling London and Rome same time. The Charnel Mound is where bodies of important figures were prepared and the Fox Mound is where they were interred, all next to The Grand Plaza beneath Monk's Mound. The city was once 6.5 square miles with 220 mounds of various uses. Another taphophile site of greatness and love the word charnel which rhymes with carnal as I've a love of the dead! #cahokiamounds #cahokia #stlouis #moundbuilders #mounds #ancient #mystery #lost #forgotten #forbidden #archaeology #manifest #indian #indianajones #illinois #education #colinsvilleillinois6 at St. Louis

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As rural as rural could get in 1833 and if you blink, you'll miss the historical marker placed on the road in the 1920s as it too needs a paint job. But that's the beauty for those not blowing too fast down this beautiful country highway stretch is seeing this relic, which from the graveyard artistry perspective and monument quality, was once part of a very sophisticated agricultural culture. Here lie people of the land who made things by hand, wrote letters and books and kept journals and cooked meals and ate them together and sang hymns and fought battles all along the path of building America. And to see this place in such neglect? Makes me wonder if all of the shiny plastics and bright lights and automation is really "the way" or is such an abandoned place proof of the deception and delusion? Here may lie the lie of it all and the truth same time. #church #religion #god #faith #belief #historical #modern #delusion #illusion #lies #truth #educated #sophisticated #enlightened #spiritual #jesuschrist #apostles #rural #countryside #wooden #craftsmanship #handmade #pews #minister #pulpit #hardwood #pine #heartpine #gathering #fellowship at Antioch Christian Church (Allendale, South Carolina)

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"Turn around bright eyes!" One sees a fair amount of impressive figurative sculpture in cemeteries but Magnolia Cemetery has a few where the eyes are startling and in this case, a woman looking as if she's gazing into Heaven itself and cannot look away. In my mind her eyes are full of tears and hence their beam and my guess she was light eyed as well which from a sculptor perspective is what I call a genius detail. I'm in love with what it suggests and is a welcome departure from solemn, meditative and less personal feeling statues. She belies her own environment! As she is a life portrait, and my estimate, life size, I would tell the average person that if one wanted to meet and befriend an Augustan belle of the 19th Century face to face, and one of rare lineaments, this is the closest one can hope to get in this lifetime! #southernbelle #lady #woman #feminine #radiant #beauty #personalized #life #nirvana #hairstyles #bun #hairbun #brocade #fashion #magnoliacemetery #turnaroundbrighteyes #bonnietyler at Augusta, Georgia

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These monuments are so black from 100 years or more of a deeply industrial Augusta, GA that I had to lighten the photo significantly. Such scenes of neglect tell a disappointing, but real story of rise and decline in America. Much like this praying angel, I'm always saying a prayer for our nation to turn back towards efforts of care and artisanship that had made it so great. Note the two bordering half obelisks ("the great sunlight of our family no more"), made into stands or pillars presenting the urns (spirit vessels), and how one sits stoic snd still while other has shooting eternal flame (triumph over death), and garland of flowers ("life is now fragrant in a better place"). #fragrance #flowers #urn #angel #prayer #america #usa #industry #industrialage #victorian #victorianage #kneel #claspinghands #magnoliacemetery at Augusta, Georgia

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Very dramatic imagery and combination of materials. We see the eternal Fleur-de-lis fencing but done up like a gentle spear tip to remind of separation between earthly and heavenly. The low relief sculptural scene in my estimation has some specific meaning that may be from literature or scripture but is lost on me. In general we see the fallen or the dead and a maiden or a Mary figure attending. As he appears small they may have died young. She is notably pointing to the vessel at his feet which is symbolic of the dissemination of the spirit. The fact that the urn is open vs covered very much suggests the spirit has left the body. Yet beautifully suggests (and high Bible implication), that she is there to wash his feet and clean them of the road and that his earthly journey is at an end. You also see that his clothing, shroud symbolic, has largely unwrapped beneath him and that he is being lifted by her which very much nods to Jesus and The Resurrection. #bible #literature #symbol #care #resurrection #feet #vessel #urn #oil #love #travel #journey #ascend #transition #road #ending #theend #mary #marymagdalene #mothermary #saintmary #classical shroud at Augusta, Georgia

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I never tire of The Winged Hourglass but this is first I've encountered with the Ouroboros or "snake eating itself" which although generally symbolizes the continuum or life cycles and things eternal, also seems stressful and malevolent. Yet juxtaposed with hourglass ascending with its angel wings and floral garlands may be a sign of reward for life's trials as expressed by the serpent. A little feeling of triumph over Satan or Hell too obviously. The hourglass a statement of life's finite reality and on a person's grave is there for the observer to contemplate their own mortality while also being an homage to the deceased as if to say that they did not squander their life on earth and mastered the spiritual richness of their life now being rewarded with a flight back to the heavenly home. Just lovely. #hourglass #wings #angel #flight #skies #heavenly #serpent #snake #ouroboros #cycle #life #death #eternal #reward #peace at Augusta, Georgia

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Someone once said, "Freemasonry is just Judaism for Gentiles." Here we see 2 gravemarkers not far from each other in the Jewish section that bear resemblances in form with nuance of pyramids, angles, and one could say even spiritual function. The Freemasons see themselves as priestly and spiritual offspring of Solomon, and then the Kohen Hands in contrast showing priestly lineage perhaps to Aaron himself. #jewish #god #freemasonry #egypt #jerusalem #pyramid #sign #kohen #handshake #priesthood #blessings #aaron #solomon #rothschild #secretsocieties #sect #section #club #order #geometry #algebra #math #design #engineering #society at Augusta, Georgia

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