Sunday, November 08, 2009

MONOCHROME Weekly: St. Louis Cemetery


This giant Cypress tree intertwined and pushing up a fine old headstone is in the middle of St. Louis Cemetery. This cemetery is located at the northern end of Oaklawn Cemetery. Oaklawn was established in the 1850s, is owned by the city and is Tampa's oldest burial ground. St. Louis Cemetery is owned by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, and both are surrounded by a stone wall bounded by Harrison, Jefferson, Morgan and Laurel Streets in Tampa's downtown. A fence that once separated the two is gone but markers delineate the two. Vicente Martinez Ybor, the man for whom Ybor City is named, and who brought the cigar industry here from Key West - and made Tampa the Cigar Capital of the World - is also buried here. (I posted other monochromatic images of the cemeteries in August HERE, and again in September, HERE.)


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16 comments:

Lois said...

That shot looks fabulous in monochrome Frank! Thanks for the link to the Quincy site and the chapel. Silas Biglow's family was originally from Vermont. I'm going to look through my 100 year old copy of the Bigelow Genealogy and find Jacob. Supposedly all the Biglows in the US are descendants of John Biglo (spelled without the w) and Mary Warren of Watertown, Mass.

Aileni said...

The Cypress must have sucked the moisture out of the ground also.
An essay in age.

Vita Stunder said...

Terrific B&W!!
I would love to visit this place :)

SquirrelQueen said...

The texture on the tree is wonderful, a very nice monochrome.

Don and Krise said...

What a huge old tree. I love graveyards shot in mono.

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful shot. I feel bad about the marker for EPD.

Dimple said...

The best constructions of man are transient. Nature gets the upper hand sooner or later...
Good shot!

Hilda said...

That old and huge cypress is awesome! Your monochrome brings out the texture of its bark magnificently.

slim said...

Cemeteries are such fascinating places to learn about history. This image works so well in monochrome. It was interesting to learn about cigars and Tampa. I'm so glad you sent Lois to QDP. I'll be interested in learning the results of her research.

Lucy Corrander said...

Such a lot going on in this photo: movement (I know the elements aren't physically moving in front of one's eyes but the angles give it a dynamic quality that is at odds with the place, I suppose) and interesting contrasts between wood (lively fibres) stone and metal.

Lucy

brattcat said...

Cemeteries really do suit b&w treatment. And that is one giant cypress tree. This is an excellent shot.

Calico Crazy said...

That big, old cypress is fabulous, so much texture and life. ~ Calico Contemplations

Joan said...

It looks like our cemeteries in Charleston. Lovely. Wonder how long they will all last.

Carolyn Ford said...

My question is, "Now what," for the headstone? Very nice black and white!

TOM said...

I'm very familiar with that grave and tree and would suggest that it is an ancient red cedar often used by pioneers in cemeteries.

Anonymous said...

Very nice photo but,fyi...the tree is a red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) not a cypress...