Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Utterly indecisive....

indecisive as to which picture to post, from which cemetery, which grave, what to write.... grrrr.
eventually i choose this angel. i think it is absolutely gorgeous. it is in the holy cross cemetery in malden, not too far from our apartment. in fact, we biked there (the route was something like this, with some sidestreets here and there). our first bike ride on the streets this year! there are some 3 or 4 cemeteries close to each other in this area. i actually intended to go to another one, but my internal gps system was not working very well, and we ended up on this one. it was huge! rows and rows and rows of stones that were more or less the same shape, either black, brown or grey. only on the sides were some more elaborate stones, like the one above, perhaps placed there so that everyone can see them easily when driving by (most other visitors were by car). on the back of this stone is the family name, but i could not find anything about them on the internet, unfortunately. its the bertagna family, the first person buried in 1932, the last in 2001. 
the holy cross cemetery is a catholic cemetery, and most names sounded italian to me. one of the actors from the movie the godfather is buried at this cemetery too, but i think without knowing at least approximately where his stone is located, it will be impossible to find.. anyways, i never saw this movie and am more interested in what i just happen to stumble upon (preferrably something beautiful or something weird, haha...)
i really didnt know how to capture the beauty of this angel. and i also didnt know which pic showed it best, i.e. none does; i settled for this one. i placed 4 more on flickr, which you can see here.
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16 comments:

Herding Cats said...

Beautiful picture!

biebkriebels said...

I like it, it is beautiful.

Cesc Sales said...

this is really nice! amen

Manon said...

Beautiful angel. Try spelling the name with 'gn' instead of 'ng', you might get search results then ;)

CaT said...

sorry manon, i checked for the right name, there was nothing to be found... i made a typo in the post, probably one of many. somehow its always midnight when finishing a post and i then only want to sleep...

Tim said...

pfff... i just want to look at the picture! very sad expression, i love it.

Dina said...

An angel with an expression on its face. Nice!

I'll add some info about the poppies that you asked about.

Wayne said...

Good capture CaT. The stone doesn't seem too weathered. I wonder if it's more recent than 1932.

CaT said...

@wayne; i was actually wondering about that too! its indeed in very good shape, and it was also placed in a section with mostly newer stones...

hamilton said...

Just look at those curls on the angel's head!

Kay said...

Amazing how much expression is in those eyes. A truly beautiful monument! I too suspect it's probably more recent than the 1930s. But in any case it's so nice and the full profile is equally well done.

NixBlog said...

Lovely capture of this sad angel...

PS: The poppies in our Anzac Day memorial observance are artificial and they are sold by returned service personnel to raise funds for their organisations.

JM said...

What a pretty face! Lovely shot.

Julie said...

This is such an unusual angel, CaT. Mostly angels are ... mmm ... angelic. Duh! However, this little fellow looks anything but. I do like the expression on his face. Like he is trying to get away with something. I wonder what the significance is of the arm on the shoulder. It looks like a password for his 'hood gang!

CaT said...

@julie; i agree that it is unusual...
but it is a she! the arm like that is just a comtemplative pose, it seems to me... and if you look at the full pic of the angel, you can see that she has a great figure!! (at least thats what i think... :))

Francisca said...

What a forlorn expression on her face! I agree with your choice of photos to post, CaT. I'd never have guessed this angel to have such a full body. In this image she does look andogynous, a very young teen, perhaps; while in the other shots she is more mature looking. I like this one.