Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge | Ab Aeterno

For this week’s black and white photo challenge, Cee has left the topic to our imaginations. I have to say, I found this both exciting and a little intimidating – so many options! Then it came to mind that I could include my new “hobby”…

You guys, I am becoming a “taphophile” – a so called “tombstone tourist.” I have to admit that I am slightly bemused about this new curiosity of mine. It does, admittedly, seem a bit morbid, but I’ve come to appreciate cemeteries as peaceful, sacred places. I like to soak in the calm while reading the headstones – what did this person inspire those they left behind to write about them in memoriam? Then I realized that there’s a whole back story to not only those precious words, but also to all of the symbols. The symbols evolve with society, and I generally find that the older markers are far more interesting than today’s modern versions. It’s all so interesting…

This has been a gradual curiosity, but when I look back through my travel photos, I can see that I’ve always been drawn to these places – the older the better. Perhaps it’s just a natural extension of a love of old churches, cathedrals, etc. I haven’t quite figured out my thoughts on this new thing of mine, but I’ve no doubt there’ll be a post about it in the future (smile). In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos (in no particular order). Enjoy!

Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Montgomery, Alabama, Cemetery

Montgomery, AL

Ireland, Cemetery, Celtic Crosses


Arlington Cemetery, headstones, black and white

Arlington Cemetery, VA


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Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge

11 thoughts on “Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge | Ab Aeterno

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    • Thank you! It’s incredible how large Arlington is – and just how much there is to see there! It’s always interesting to see the similarities and differences across cultures. I’ve seen an Irish funeral and a Hispanic funeral in the same cemetery and the two couldn’t be more different (barring the end result of course).


  4. Always wanted to visit Isle of Skye..was told “…it’s too far…” by a Glaswegian, so really pleased to see your photo. Wish I had not listened to that well meaning person now. Great shots all round.


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