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Yesterday I was standing outside in the yard of an old church where a wedding was about to begin, and I found myself looking into the church cemetery, which lay on a sunny slope bordered by a rock wall and woods beyond. The church was founded in 1848, so some of the graves go back that far, and apparently the wall was built then, too. I’m not sure why it was customary to wall in the dead, but all the old cemeteries, especially in churchyards, have one. I suspect it is simply to preserve its peace, since trespassers could hardly have been a concern in these rural parts...at least 150 years ago.

I found myself looking at this particular niche of the cemetery, tucked away in a corner of the wall with its view into the dark and quiet woods beyond the stones. I thought about how so many secrets of the heart are buried with the dead, and I liked how that sense of mystery seemed to deepen in the shadows of the woods.

This was originally a larger picture, cropped down severely to frame this detail. PP consists only of sharpening and sizing for web.

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