Botanical Gardens , some of my favorite places to visit. This particular one is Jasmine Hill Gardens located in Wetumpka, Alabama. This garden has over 20 acres of floral beauty and classical sculptures. This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. This photo was quite obviously taken during Springtime. Look at all the amazing color and blooms. It almost doesn’t look real, but trust me it was. Almost every where you looked was some type of flower, pond, fountain, statue or blooming tree. I was so taken by all the color in this place that I was like a kid in a candy store. I could hardly stay on the paths I was so excited snapping photo after photo. Well maybe I ventured off the path a few times.This place is definitely worth the visit and the $8.00 fee they charged to get in.
This picture was taken in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Who would have thought a walk through the cemetery could be beautiful. This cemetery is home to many elaborate statues of angels , cherubs, saints, and other ornate headstones. I felt in the beginning kind of awkward photographing these memorials , wandering through gravesites wondering who these people were , what they accomplished in their lifetime. Reading headstone after headstone… But after a few shots I realized just how beautiful some of these statues and memorials really were. Some had cracks much like this one, discolorations, missing angel wings, missing noses, legs , arms, broken flowers or musical instruments in their hands,but all beautiful in their own way. As I walked slowly photographing angel after angel I couldn’t help but wonder what my gravesite would look like. Would it be plain? Would it be adorned with angels, pretty words or just a name and year of birth and year of death? Who would be the one to choose what my headstone would read. Would I approve of it if i were alive? Would it be a family member to choose it or some stranger. Then I decided would it even really matter? Oh well!!
Some of these statues were larger than life and I couldn’t help but wonder what the cost of something like this would be. I am sure they were expensive, some were made of marble, some granite, still some I wasn’t quite sure what they were carved out of. Were these the gravesites of the rich, or were these massive statues the norm from the era in which they were born? I did see the final resting place of Margaret Mitchell, author of the famous book Gone With the Wind.
The cemetery is quite large and after taking so many photos I decided that I would have to revisit this place again someday just to be sure I didn’t miss any.