Cemeteries

Golden Gate National Cemetery
Golden Gate National Cemetery

 

As I mentioned last time around, I recently had the chance to spend a day wandering the cemeteries just south of San Francisco.  This particular shot is from the Golden Gate National Cemetery, which if it isn’t obvious, is a military cemetery.  I’d also point out, this is not the same as the San Francisco National Cemetery, located in the Presidio (which is also 100% worth a visit, though it is much smaller).  Among others, the GGNC is the final resting place of Adm. Chester Nimitz.

 

Betrayal
Betrayal

 

This impressive frieze is at the tomb of a San Francisco Catholic priest.  I loved how the sculptor got so much detail to come out of the marble; in particular, you get a great view of Judas with a knife hidden out of everyone’s sight.  Even if the main credit for this goes to Da Vinci, whoever executed the sculpture did a brilliant job.

 

DiMaggio Closeup
DiMaggio Closeup

 

And this is a closer view of some of the offerings left at Joe DiMaggio’s grave.  I liked the arrangement.

 

Marble Fountain
Marble Fountain

 

This fountain is actually a giant rolling ball (marble, I’m assuming) atop a water spout shaped like a lotus.  As you might guess, this part of the cemetery in question is heavily Asian, both in design and residents.  It’s an impressive sight to see this massive piece of stone rolling along like it’s the easiest thing in the world; certainly, a testament to the power of water.

 

Stained Glass Lamp
Stained Glass Lamp

 

And in a place where every image is seemingly of religion, this was a nice counterpoint (not to mention beautiful).  It is an absolutely lovely piece of stained glass.

 

No post for a few weeks – I’ll be out shooting.  But rest assured there will be TONS of material when  I get back!

 

Happy Shooting!

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