Tuesday, March 24, 2009

STL DPB On The Road - Among the Dead Of New Orleans

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New Orleans is famous for its above-ground cemeteries, created many years ago because wooden caskets, full of air, would easily float up to the surface. We visited two last weekend and I took an absurd number of pictures.. This design was necessary many years ago because, with the city's high water table and soggy soil, wooden caskets filled with air would float to the surface. I might post one more day of NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) since it's another slam-bang week at work. This photo may not be of St. Louis but at least it's St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

There is a growing set of my New Orleans photos on Flickr here.

By the way, I regret that I've had to start word verification on Comments. I've had a long spam comment in Chinese every day since late last week. I'll turn this off in a couple of weeks and see if the bad guys have gone away.

7 comments:

Virginia said...

Both are wonderful images today Bob. Southern cemeteries are pretty interesting aren't they! I'm going to FLickr to see what else you got.
V

Virginia said...

Your FLickr photos blew me away. Whew!!!!
V

U "R" Us said...

I love cemeteries, and STL#1 is one of my favorites! Gotta head over to flickr to see what else you got...

Snapper said...

Hey Bob, Thanks for the Flickr link. I enjoyed those images a lot. NOLA has always been my favourite American city.

Olivier said...

la deuxième photo est belle et triste, on dirait un cri cette pierre tombale

cieldequimper said...

Your photos are simply gorgeous. I agree with Olivier here, the cross is like a scream.

Jackie said...

That's so interesting about the "city of the departed", with the above-ground graves. Maybe you remember Glasgow too has its Necropolis (well it has more than one) - the main one is really high up, I think people used to pay for a grave with a view.