Monday, September 26, 2011

Mountain View Cemetery Angels Through the Seasons

Mountain View Cemetery is a beautiful cemetery in Oakland, California. Sharing a similar ethos to London's Abney Park Cemetery, Mountain View was created with the vision of being balanced with nature.

The cemetery park gardens were designed in the 1860s by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of New York City's Central Park), who created twisting walkways lined with trees. You can't help but feel peaceful wandering along those paths on the sloping hillside.

My favorite angel at Mountain View cemetery in autumn.

Views of the angel in spring.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Cemeteries of London: Stone Angels of Abney Park Cemetery Part II

While beautiful, the placement of a few of the stone angels at Abney Park Cemetery in London feels rather ominous. Maybe it was just the type of day that it was when I visited, without a soul in sight and with the clouds rolling by above. But if you're a fan of Doctor Who, you might find the photo below reminiscent of the "Blink" episode with stone angels that aren't quite what they seem.

Below, a Celtic cross and a closeup of the details on the cross.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Cemeteries of London: Stone Angels of Abney Park Cemetery Part I

Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newingon, London is one of the "Magnificent 7" 19th century London cemeteries. It's a garden cemetery that was originally combined with an arboretum, and is now a park and nature reserve that offers a number of nature programs. I didn't make it to their stone carving workshop, but enjoyed the many beautifully carved stone angels in the garden.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Gargoyle Girl is Back!

I hope everyone had a great summer. Mine was pretty crazy, since it kicked off with a breast cancer diagnosis. But in the midst of everything, I also had some amazing experiences this summer, all because of the wonderful people in my life. From the doctors who caught the cancer early and saved my life physically, to the dear friends who enriched my life emotionally, this month's Gargoyle Girl photos are dedicated to those real life angels.

So today I'm posting a few of my favorite stone angel photographs. I'll continue with angels through September, before switching to some creepy gargoyles leading up to Halloween in October.

The Sculpture Garden of the Brooklyn Museum. This photo was taken before the garden was remodeled, back when many of the stone sculptures (salvaged from demolished New York buildings) rested on the ground in overgrown ivy.

Brompton Cemetery, London.

Highgate Cemetery, London.