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2017-06-05 6:49:01 PM  
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44 Paper Cranes



Eight years ago tonight, my late fiancée (and fellow Farktographer Pangolyn) passed away. Her mom chose to split her ashes among several people that knew her best and asked that they be taken to either someplace that she had wanted to go, or someplace where we had fond memories with her. I could only think of one place, a hiking trail along the Wailua Ridge that started in the neighborhood where we lived in Hawai'i. We had tried several times to summit the mountain on that trail, but each time, the mountain proved victorious. I had also proposed to her on that trail. In August of that year, I flew back to Oahu with her ashes, intent on finally summiting the Ko'olau's from the leeward side, on one of the toughest trails on the island. I still didn't make it before the jungle underbrush had destroyed my legs, and soaked shoes had rubbed my heels well beyond bleeding. Stopping to hope for a second surge, I could hear her voice in my head saying "Hey! Don't kill yourself over this. Look around you. You're already further than we had ever made it before, and the view is gorgeous."
Taking in the view, and allowing sense to overcome drive, I decided that where I had made it to was better than anything I would have completed had I not be so driven. I placed her ashes at the base of an ohia tree (which, legend has it, represents two lovers driven apart by the jealousy of the gods, reunited in passing), and hung an ornament of 44 paper cranes that were initially being started for our planned wedding. These transitory pieces of paper, the ohia tree, and a saved point in my GPS are the only markers of her final overlook.
 
2017-06-07 8:32:03 PM  
13 votes:
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2017-06-05 9:19:15 PM  
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This child's marker is ringed with Matchbox/Hot Wheels vehicles to go with the monster truck on the plaque.  The stegasaurus apparently got bored with the cars and wandered off in the grass. (No tilt-shift, just a shallow DoF while nearly lying on the grass.)
 
2017-06-05 6:31:23 PM  
7 votes:
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Reflections of Respect

An assumed Iraq War Veteran pauses a few moments to read a biography and photo left at the Vietnam Wall during Rolling Thunder 2017


 
2017-06-07 2:59:47 PM  
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Grand Canyon Cemetery

 
2017-06-07 8:36:04 PM  
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Graham Parson's memorial in Joshua Tree

 
2017-06-05 9:13:40 PM  
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The Hilligoss children are a local cemetery highlight.  They died in 1881 and 1897.  Their father (a local physician) commissioned this Italian marble sculpture of them.  Nearly year-round Gertrude has flowers in her lap.  Charlie less often.  The marble has worn noticeably over the past 40 years.
 
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2017-06-08 4:26:40 AM  
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  Kisses left behind for Oscar Wilde... so many that now they put up a glass case around his grave. Clealrt, hasn't worked.
 
2017-06-08 2:26:35 AM  
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Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, Memorial Day 2017. Flags on every grave courtesy of a veteran's organization.

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2017-06-08 12:25:25 AM  
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2017-06-08 4:37:19 AM  
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2017-06-08 4:21:39 AM  
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 Bracelets left behind at a mass grave, Phnom Penh Killing Fields

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2017-06-08 1:16:14 AM  
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Sauk Suiattle cemetery

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2017-06-08 12:47:38 AM  
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Lone Flower...
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2017-06-07 8:39:09 PM  
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2017-06-07 3:01:35 PM  
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Grand Canyon Cemetery

 
2017-06-07 3:00:42 PM  
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Grand Canyon Cemetery

 
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2017-06-08 4:23:05 AM  
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Memorial for victim of the Salem witch trials
 
2017-06-08 4:13:52 AM  
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2017-06-08 4:07:28 AM  
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2017-06-08 2:29:23 AM  
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Much older and lower res pic, from Calvary Cemetery in Springfield, October 2003. This was the newest grave in this section, which was just for nuns, and the only one with any decoration.

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2017-06-08 2:25:05 AM  
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My dad's grave on Memorial Day. He was actually in Korea in the 70s but Vietnam is on the grave since he served in that timeframe.

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2017-06-08 12:45:39 AM  
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The Bacon Good section of this cemetery is usually pretty festive
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2017-06-08 12:33:29 AM  
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The grave holding the cremated remains of Ed "Doc" Ricketts the model for the character of the same name in John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row." The flowers obscure the marker to prevent people from vandalizing it. The soapstone seal in the bouquet was placed their the day before by his granddaughter.
 
2017-06-05 6:33:19 PM  
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Freedom Is Not Free

A single wreath left at the Korean War Memorial, Memorial Day 2014

 
2017-06-05 12:54:28 AM  
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Little known cemetery outside of Cle Elum Washington.
 
2017-06-08 9:09:22 AM  
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2/2 - My aunt (pictured) cleans the dirt and pine needles off my grandparents' graves, as my dad (center background), and uncle (right) "supervise" :D

We'd heard a train roll by around the time I snapped the pic...my dad said, "There's your train, Dad..."
 
2017-06-08 9:06:26 AM  
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1/2 - My grandparents' graves, Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, WA.

Part of the railroad passes near the cemetery, so my grandfather will always be near his beloved railroad (he worked for the BNSF way back when it was the Great Northern Railway). He used to let us grandkids play with his battery-powered lanterns, but used to get so mad if we forgot to turn them off ;) 

/can't see my grandmother's passing date...she died in 1996 - 21 years after my grandfather
 
2017-06-08 5:31:55 AM  
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"Juxtaposition"
Muslim cemetary with the Dubai skyline.
Taken many years ago.
 
2017-06-08 1:26:29 AM  
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2017-06-05 9:21:58 PM  
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A small puzzle - the ground has not been reseeded or covered with turf but the wind chime has been around long enough to break the glass weight.
 
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