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Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Ride of the Season - Lakewood Cemetery

It's somewhat fitting that as the 2014 riding season came to an abrupt end, my last ride was through Lakewood Cemetery as the sun was beginning to set.

I took a lot of photos of my bike in Lakewood Cemetery on Halloween in 2010 (use the Graveyard search label to find them).  I made the mistake of returning about a month later to take photos with snow on the ground and dropped my Sportster (the only time I've done that), bending and scraping a few parts.  Maybe that's why it took 4 years for me to come back.

The grounds are organized into sections.  This is Section 13:

I consider 13 to be my lucky number so I don't find it creepy at all.  What was a little creepy is a strange green glow that showed up in lots of photos I took.  I'm 99% sure it was just lens flare when I had the sun in the photos.  Either that, or I was being followed around by ghosts.  While my pipes are probably loud enough to wake the dead, I tried to keep the noise down to a low, respectful rumble.  Do you see the green glow in the photo above and the two below?

Lakewood Cemetery is a beautiful place and I highly recommend going.  It's quite peaceful and serene so it's a great place to reflect on life... so long as some asshole isn't riding his loud motorcycle through it.

Apart from its beauty, a visit to this (or any) cemetery is also a valuable reminder to live and enjoy your life while respecting the rights of everyone else to do the same.  All the money and power you might accumulate in life will probably just result in a bigger headstone when you're gone and really, who gives a shit about that?  Yes, I'm glad lots of people spent the money to have big fancy grave markers and monuments in Lakewood as it makes for cool photos but, with very rare exception, I have no idea who any of the people were.  As time passes, all will eventually fade into obscurity.  Your only lasting impact is your impact on others.  Don't ever lose sight of that.

Hopefully you enjoyed these photos as I'll be posting black-and-white versions of nearly all of them next.  While the color photos convey a sense of the end of fall and an end of the riding season, the black-and-whites have a much eerier vibe to them.

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