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A picnic in the cemetary

on February 17, 2013
Photograph by Jeff Martin, taken at the Oaknd Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photograph by Jeff Martin, taken at the Oaknd Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you turned back time some 100 years you would find this a common practice. Actually, cemeteries were thought of as parks way back in the day. Most had areas designed just for that purpose. I admit I found it strange to hear but as a person who finds old cemeteries more like museums of incredible statues and mausoleums, I could see how this was true of that time period.  Savannah, Georgia has some of the most beautiful cemeteries. A friend recently visited Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia and shared several photos of statues that could rival any found in the high museum of art.

So why blog about this? Well, I wanted to encourage folks to think outside of their preconceived notions about places and things. Beauty is all around us, sometimes it is found in the most unlikely places. We often think of places with a very negative attitude out of fear or misunderstandings. Places like a cemetery are associated with death, fear, pain, and other negative emotions. But that should not keep us from finding the positive that is there.

What other places have you avoided due to some misunderstandings, fears or preconceived notions? Is it possible you have missed out on something because you avoided going there? Sometimes it is not all that we have determined it to be based upon some limited facts or old wives tells. I encourage you to face those fears and take a journey to some of those places you have avoided to see if you can seek out the hidden wonders that are there. But for the record, I would not take a midnight picnic in a cemetery…some lingering thoughts about certain stories do limit me to doing my exploring during the daylight hours. Just saying.

One of the beautiful works of art in the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Taken by photographer, Jeff Martin.

One of the beautiful works of art in the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Taken by photographer, Jeff Martin.

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7 responses to “A picnic in the cemetary

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  2. trippybeth says:

    I love, love, love cemeteries! And i’d totally do a midnight picnic. I think they are some of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world!

  3. James Lawrence says:

    Oakland Cemetery boasts picnicking but NOWHERE in their online literature can I find if there are picnic tables and where located. UNBELIEVABLE!

    • The current view of picnicking in cemeteries is frowned upon. Time to create your own space there. Bring the picnic blanket, chairs and camp tables to enjoy your own created space. Feel sure there will be plenty of onlookers and some negative responses but you never know, you could be a game changer in the minds of others. Let’s bring back the past to create a new outlook for the future. Please share pictures if you do.

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