Lone Fir Cemetery beech tree
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A carpet of bronze leaves under the grand old beech tree at the Lone Fir Cemetery, November 2010

Little lamb grave
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Baby lambs often decorated the graves of children

Historic rose garden at the Lone Fir Cemetery
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The historic rose garden, dedicated in 1956 by the Pioneer Rose Association. It’s received some much-needed renovation recently but could use some more – perhaps you have an interest in old rose cultivars carried west by pioneer women?

mossy steps at the Lone Fir Cemetery
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There are subtle, rewarding scenes at every corner – moss and lichen growing on antique graves, artfully scattered gold and orange leaves and towering trees…

Robinia tree with bigleaf maple in foreground
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The black locust ( Robinia pseudoacacia ) always has a rather sinister look to me. This one is especially cemetery-worthy, with a gnarled and fissured trunk and draping licorice fern sprouting from the branches. (Leaves in the foreground are from our native bigleaf maple ( Acer macrophyllum ).

moss at the Lone Fir Cemetery
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Mmm, moss!

Eucalyptus at Lone Fir
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This is one of my favorite views at the cemetery, with few cars or buildings visible. Dead-center (sorry!) and in the background is a small Eucalyptus tree planted years ago at a grave. Luckily, it was planted in a shady spot, which kept it small and appropriately gnarly. Many graves at this cemetery have been devoured by the trees planted in people’s honor – you can see the original grave embedded in the trees’ bark, a foot up from the ground! Some arboreal graveyard classics: weeping willow, yew, cypress, holly and boxwood – all trees rich with symbolism (in western culture) relating to the dead.

greenhouse graves
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These graves were apparently once enclosed in glass – plants grew within. I wonder what was originally planted within?

Lone Fir Cemetery beech tree
Little lamb grave
Historic rose garden at the Lone Fir Cemetery
mossy steps at the Lone Fir Cemetery
Robinia tree with bigleaf maple in foreground
moss at the Lone Fir Cemetery
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