Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tombstones

Early this morning I headed out into the frigid air and ventured over to our local cemetery on the Danville - Alamo border. It's tucked away on a little knoll that is surrounded by massive oak trees. It's a very picturesque resting place for those who have departed - quite unlike the typical sprawling, sterile burial grounds we're used to seeing out here in the west. This cemetery has been around for a number of years and has numerous tombstones dating back to the mid to late 1800's. The lighting this morning was particularly stunning, so I captured some of the tombstones that caught my eye. Take a look - perhaps you recognize some of the early pioneer names of the San Ramon Valley...

Some tombstones are quite ornate...


Decorative doves guard over one plot...

Early morning sunshine warms up the grounds...


Here's an old one...


The lighting on these stones is captivating...






This one must not have cost too much...


The Stone family's is one of the larger ones in the cemetery...


Some of the tombstones have been here a long time and are slightly askew...


A holiday wreath adds color and dresses up one tombstone...


If you know this area, then perhaps you've heard of the Podva family...


Boone was one of San Ramon Valley's early settlers...


A family plot...


A tombstone waits to be engraved...


A WWII veteran's final resting place...


A graceful oak tree overlooks the peaceful cemetery...
What do you think? Not a bad place to end up in...

1 comment:

Hisako said...

What a resting place. It looks so peaceful and settled.