Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Stroll Around Oakland Cemetery | Atlanta, Georgia

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted about our Family Day at Zoo Atlanta. So much for posting these photos that week but you know how easily time can run away with a person! You may remember that after the zoo we ate at a restaurant called Six Feet Under. Such a clever name for a restaurant that sits at the entrance of a cemetery. Oakland Cemetery to be exact. The final resting place of Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind, and  Maynard Jackson, the first African American major of Atlanta. Benjamin was asleep in his stroller while the three of us strolled the grounds. It was a crisp, cool, but sunny day, and the grounds are kept beautifully with trees and flowers everywhere. Our friends had told us it was beautiful and there was a great view of the Atlanta skyline and they were right! We were even able to see the building where Benjamin works.
I've been to several cemeteries over the years but this was my favorite. Can you say that about a cemetery? Well, as a photographer and lover of old things and history, a cemetery has a lot to offer. One of my favorite things was a beautiful aqua patina door to one of the crypts. It reminded me of my friend, Heather, and our Portals days.

I know it's sad but you can't help but notice all the headstones for babies and young children from the early 1800s. I always pause a little longer at those. I love the sweet use of angels, doves, and lambs for them. Toward the bottom of this post there is a trio titled MAMA, PAPA, and OUR BABY ROSA. I thought that was such a beautiful tribute and I found myself wondering about them and their circumstances. Then I took a moment to thank God for my health and that of my own little family.