Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lichens on angel

I popped over to Oakwood Cemetery Monday afternoon to see how the digging of Jesse Helms' grave was coming along (it's a half mile from our house). I took this photo of a charming, lichen-encrusted statuary.

Built in 1869, this 102-acre Raleigh cemetery is open to the public, and there are paths for strolling and biking. It has grand old trees and beautiful stone architecture. I'm more of a cremation/compost advocate myself, but if it weren't for this historic graveyard, there'd be no green space of much consequence in the heart of our city. Oakwood Cemetery is a downtown oasis, and I'm happy it's in "my back yard"—even if I don't care for some of its occupants.

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