Saturday, June 12, 2010

Obstacles of beauty

Broken and barely legible grave markers are expected at older cemeteries, right? There is another, relatively common obstacle to reading and photographing grave markers: Garden plants gone wild.

A few weekends ago, I discovered my great grandmother’s marker engulfed by a white peony. Today, on another Find A Grave expedition, I found what I suspect is the marker of James Pendleton (b. 1807, d. 1879) hiding in a large bed of orange daylilies at Sandy Corners Cemetery in Dublin, Ohio.

Reading from the lily-less image at Find A Grave,

June 23, 1807
DIED June 26, 1879
Aged 72 Yrs. 3 ds.

Tip: Visit Sandy Corners in early spring or late fall, when the daylily foliage is a bit less bountiful.

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