Wednesday, April 13, 2005

the family plot

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Sometimes out in the country, a cemetery may only be 6 headstones in the middle of a cornfield. This cemetery lies just outside Kings, Illinois (population estimated at 40). There's a revolutionary war veteran buried here, and it is, in fact, in the middle of a cornfield. One thing is for sure, if you stay with me for awhile you will see this cemetery again and again. I photograph it in every season, and every time of the day, whenever I have the time to drive the distance(1 hour). In the late spring the cornstalks begin to encirlcel the small plot and at the end of summer the space is claustrophobic, surrounded on all sides by corn reaching for the sky. In the winter it's a cold and bleak scene, and as snow clouds skitter across the sky you wonder how these people came to be buried in such a lonely place.

17 comments:

Sidney said...

Again, quite spooky.
Perfect weather to visit a cemetery :-)
Great picture.

Smallest Photo said...

Wow that's some green :) Did you do any selective coloring or is this just a case of nature being vivid? Whatever the case the result is great.

Zanne said...

Oh...that's nature. It probably just appears so green because everything else around here is still 500 shades of brown! Thanks to everyone for comments and visiting my farm sites. - Suzanne

odilialiuzzi said...

i like this one..

Lara Barrett said...

Wow, I can see why you go back to it again and again...what a wonderful place! I love this shot, with the bright green of the grass and that thick cloudy sky overhead...

C. Miller said...

Wow, I'm not kidding when I say this; I once had a dream about a place very, very similar to this. How bizarre!

Great photos : )

C. Miller said...

Wow, I'm not kidding when I say this; I once had a dream about a place very, very similar to this. How bizarre!

Great photos : )

Stephen said...

Suzanne:

I love this shot. The thing that amazes me is that the grass is so green around the grave. Still, the stones stand high. Awesome.

Anonymous said...

love the contraxting colors! weird that there's just alittle speck of green in that huge expanse of land! does it just get watered on rainy days?

-Mark
http://markmyshots.com

Zanne said...

Well, everything surrounding the samll grassy area is cornfield, which has just been tilled under by the farmer. This means that anything left in the field from last years crop is turned under - to prepare the field for planting. So, all that land as far as the eye can see is simply black topsoil until the corn crop starts to emerge. Stay tuned for awhile. The corn will be "knee high by the fourth of July". - Suzanne

Alessandra said...

Beautiful shot. It almost feels like being there and you describe it perfectly. I hope you can post more picture of it because it seems a very interesting and yes, spooky place :)

Alessandra
Laertes (photoblog)

Jason said...

This is an awsome shot with real atmosphere.

Phoenix said...

excellent take on a common intrepretation of the theme; well done!

jespes said...

Very nice shot. As it happens, it reminds me of my own upbringing in a part of rural southern Indiana where there are many graveyards like this, which have been surrounded by cornfields.

Travis said...

It looks like a scene from a movie. I feel like the film crew is just out of frame and will be moving in a minute to pick up the fake headstones and moving on to the next scene. What will that be?

wonderful image.

Anonymous said...

Easter Island IS an island---in the middle of a plowed field!
KJ

tom said...

You do a fine job expressing the loneliness and solitude of the cemetery. Very nice job. But I have to ask: wasn't there a cell tower somewhere on the horizon? ;-)