Monday, February 27, 2012

It's Been Ages!

Today the weather was bright and sunny.  In fact it was just too nice to stay indoors, so hubby, son and I went for a drive and I took along my camera.  The guys didn't have a destination in mind, but there were a couple of things that I wanted to photograph.  I love old things and I had wanted to go to the old part of the cemetery to photograph this amazing tree.  The cemetery is called Oak Grove and located in Logan, Ohio.  As you can see the tree is very old!
It is so majestic with such a grand span of space. It sits on a big hill overlooking the city.
The branches are as large as tree trunks and one is so low that it touches the ground.
My hubby and his son sat at the base of the tree so that you can get a better idea of it's size.
I loved looking through it's old gnarled branches to reveal it's arthritic like limbs.

It also has a large knot as if it were a tumorous growth.  This would be a wood worker's dream to carve a huge bowl with it!

The tree has amazing textured "wrinkles".

The tree is surrounded by old tombstones.  I found it quite interesting that they would post the cause of death as on this one.  I am unsure how old this stone really is.  There were stones that were newer from the 1800's near there.  I was surprised to see that some got to be quite old for the time period.  A husband and wife lived to be 89 and 87 respectfully, yet their children died at the ages of 6, 8 and 21.  It makes one wonder if it was due to illness or accidents.  

After our stop there, we went to the other end of town where there is an abandoned track with cars on them that I had wanted to photograph.
They were marked with graffiti and the weathered aging of time.  I had even wondered if maybe they had been inhabited at one time as there was wood covering the window areas.  It reminded me of  The Box Car Children, a book I read in the third grade.  It was one of my favorite stories.
The lines, shapes and rust make for an interesting piece of art.

It seems it has been ages since I have wanted to visit these areas to photograph.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon.


CraftygasheadZo said...

Such fantastic pictures, that tree is amazing. Zo xx

Redanne said...

What an amazing tree! Your cannot imagine the size of it until you see people next to it - Wow. Love the train carriages too especially the one with skulls on - very eerie. Great photos, thanks for sharing.

Craftychris said...

Wow, such wonderful photos. I love trees so am in awe of the huge tree and the train carriages are awesome, especially the one with the skulls. Thank you for showing them to us xx

Debby said...

What an amazing tree. Imagine all that it has survived. Oops, I see that the others called it amazing as well.

Ann said...

wonderful photos!!
thanks for "taking us along" !!!!
my husband had an uncle who lived in a boxcar in Kansas!

Janine said...

Great photos of a great trp.
This oak saw a lot of histry

Pam said...

Great photos of the train cars and tree. That tree is huge and has alot of character. I enjoyed your photo tour of the town.

Pattyskypants said...

Egads, i LOVE it when you do the camera thing! Gorgeous!

quiltmom said...

That is one fantastic tree that you photographed- all those beautiful knarls and the texture of the bark. Just what imagine our old skin would look like after all the weathering that would happen in 600 years.LOL
My mother loves gathering family history and has often made it a point to visit tombstones in different areas where she knows family members are buried.
Perhaps the family lost their children because of a flu, tuberculosis or meningetis type illness. It must have been terrible to not have medicine like pencillin to combat some of those deadly illnesses.
Loved the train cars too. Thanks for sharing your fun afternoon.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

trees and trains...we were under the same beautiful sun today!!!

ArtPropelled said...

Love these images of abandoned tracks and trains!