A walk among the stones

As you saw in the previous post, Lake Michigan looked gorgeous on Easter Sunday afternoon…but a west wind prevailed, and it began to look as if rain might be on the way.

I had walked as far as Calvary Cemetery and figured, “Why not? I’m here and haven’t been for six years, so just stroll on through, take a few shots and return home the way you came!”

Not quite!

I ended up walking through from the Sheridan Road entrance to the arched Chicago Avenue, Evanston, entrance.

Here are some of the things I captured along the way:

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Within a few minutes, darker clouds moved in from the northwest, giving the cemetery a creepier feel.

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Looming over one of several obelisk monuments, I felt this cloud would surely bring rain.

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A notable monument to young Josie Lyon…

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…who passed long ago at age nine, sadly.

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One of the older monuments in Calvary Cemetery, ravaged by years of harsh weather.
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Older and newer monuments are interspersed here at Calvary, where it is said there is no more room–all the plots have been sold, though there are many open spaces.
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A rusted chain and lock secure the doors of a mausoleum dating from the late 19th century.
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A huge, flock of starlings were ‘practicing’ landing in the trees…it was at this point I met a ‘living’ couple, David and Lisa; we stood and talked in the cold wind for quite a time!
David Burnham (NOT related to Daniel Burnham!) is an architect with an office in Wilmette, just up the shore.  You might want to visit his new website, www.burnhamandvancleave.com, if you are interested in some very fine designs.
I think the man’s a genius and, though he has no moustache, looks an awful lot like Daniel Burnham!
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The inspiring archway of the Chicago Avenue entrance to Calvary Cemetery
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As I left to walk a number of lonely blocks down to Howard Street, I looked to the sky…quiet, amazing beauty in the late afternoon sun.
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Please Note:  These images were not processed in my usual ‘high contrast’ manner.  I reduced contrast significantly, in order to present a softness…in respect for all those who have passed before us.
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Easter Day Lake Shore

Howard Street Beach

Howard Street Beach

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Rogers Avenue Beach

Rogers Avenue Beach

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Near Juneway Terrace Beach

Near Juneway Terrace Beach

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Opposite the entrance to Calvary Cemetery...but that's a story for tomorrow!

Opposite the entrance to Calvary Cemeterybut that’s a story for tomorrow!

A glorious day, from the ‘Top of Chicago’!

59 degrees, a bit windy…nonetheless simply gorgeous!

Across the road (to the left) is Calvary Cemetery (Evanston), but the grounds are too wet to walk and photo gravestones.  I chose Lake Michigan today.

The peninsula-like area to the north is the Northwestern University campus.

Shadows in the cemetery

I’ve always enjoyed walking through a cemetery, especially one as old as Calvary Cemetery, just a half-mile north of me in Evanston IL.

 

9 year old’s Monument

Copyright 2012

 

Sadville

Copyright 2012

 

Carey Mausoleum

Copyright 2012

 

BTW, it amuses me that for a time it was the tradition to equip the doors with ‘knocker’ handles.