Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dappled shade

Here is another beautiful marble gravestone in Bigelow Cemetery Prairie State Nature Preserve. It marks the west-facing grave of Lewis Fairbank (d. 1870), dappled with shade in the late afternoon.

The stone features the carving of a hand pointing to heaven. Like so many gravestones with this motif, the words “There is rest in Heaven” enrich the symbolism.

May 7, 1870,
Æ. 65 y. 11 m. & 2 d.

The grave of Lovinia Fairbank (d. 1859), “wife of Lewis Fairbank,” is nearby.

Does this look like a weedy, overgrown cemetery to you? Look again. It is a nature preserve!

The cemetery still contains healthy colonies of prairie grasses and beautiful prairie wildflowers which once carpeted the Darby Plains. Some are considered rare, threatened or endangered in Ohio. [1]

I took one of my favorite graveyard photos in this cemetery last August, when the prairie dock was in bloom.

Bigelow Cemetery Prairie State Nature Preserve

[1] “Bigelow Cemetery PrairieState Nature Preserve.” Bigelow Cemetery Prairie State Nature Preserve. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.

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