Garden of Good and Evil

"Life and Death" - Azaleas bloom near a grave at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

“Life and Death” – Azaleas bloom near a grave at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

Have you ever noticed how incredibly beautiful cemeteries can be? They’re typically filled with flowers, sculptures and trees that often make them feel more like a garden than a burial ground. A bit strange perhaps, but I find it comforting to know that an oak tree or an azalea bush may share their space with me as I return to nature.

Grimm family grave marker Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah, GA

“Rest Beneath the Trees” – Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA

Bonaventure Cemetery is Savannah, Georgia’s oldest cemetery. As its website claims, it is “hauntingly beautiful.” Its Live oaks create a natural cathedral-like effect above the sculptured tombs, headstones and grave markers. As you walk solemnly through the grounds, you’re sure to be awed by its beauty and serenity.

"Mourning Flowers" - Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA

“Mourning Flowers” – Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA

“Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.”
– William Wadsworth Longfellow

Stay tuned for more images from Bonaventure in the next blog post. Thanks for stopping by today and as always, I love to hear your thoughts!

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7 Responses to Garden of Good and Evil

  1. Len says:

    Excellent images Erin. I have always wanted to visit Savannah and will finally be able to do so in April. Keep the Savannah images coming!

    • Thanks, Len! 🙂 Savannah is loosely considered Charleston’s “sister city,” so you’ll notice plenty of similarities in the historic charm, architecture, and overall feel when you visit both.

  2. Beautiful images Erin. Savannah is definitely on my must visit list.

    • Thanks, Edith! I highly recommend it. While its characteristics are similar to those of Charleston, it has its own unique charm. I love being so close to both historically beautiful cities. 🙂

  3. Very nice shots, Erin. I agree with you, most cemeteries are quite nice, although I’m not looking to move in anytime soon. 🙂

    I also find it interesting to look at some of the headstones, particularly in really old resting places. They have quite a bit of history attached to them.

    • Thanks, Jimi! I’m not looking to move in soon either, but nice to know there are such beautiful options for the very distant future! I did some research and the first person interred here was in 1802. Assuming they were a “normal” age, they probably lived through the American Revolution. Talk about some history!

  4. cfrailey says:

    Very nice Erin.

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