208: a grave situation

Today we're going across the street to the West Barnstable Cemetery.

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Yep, it's directly across the street! I can see it right now from the couch, through the living room window.

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I love these old gravestones. They grow such excellent patterns.

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Do you see the  horizontal wisps of incised lines they  used for a  lettering guide? Like lined paper! I wonder who carved this stone. Did they carve their own before they died? If I were a gravestone carver, I would have wanted to.

Ahhhh:

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Awesome! I'm officially inspired.

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Is that cherub blowing into a wrench?

It would be neat to do rubbings of them, but you're not supposed to because it could damage the stones.

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That one is in  good shape, but many of them are all flaking away.

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This is a work of art: 

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Mildew and lichen on marble. Wow. 

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My heart starts to hula dance when I look at that.
Oh my god:

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Be still, my heart.  Mildew, lichen and rust! >sigh<

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It just occurred to may that perhaps not everyone digs this stuff as much as I do. Ruh-roh!

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Come on, how could you not like this patina?: 

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 And this little headless creature!

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Where, oh where did your little head go? 

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Look at the delicately curled under front legs. So cute.

Gorgeous day. 

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  Notice how the rust from the bolts follows the lines of the crackled paint:

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Love that.