Monday, January 9, 2012

Taphophile Tragics # 3


Bleak and sorrowful, or beautiful and uplifting? When it comes to cemeteries, it is not all in the eye of the beholder.

Layout, landscaping, and plantings all play a role. In Montparnesse Cemetery in Paris, these wreaths convey the love and respect in which the departed was held by the many mourners at her graveside in April 2011. Parisian cemeteries swathe their departed in living flowers.

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Welcome to the third week of Taphophile Tragics. You will be familiar with the posting methodology, which I have detailed in a drop-down beneath the blog title. Mr Linky opens at 10pm Monday, Sydney time (GMT+11), and, hopefully, will close at 10pm Friday.

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19 comments:

Peter said...

A beautiful idea, I have never seen a grave here with so many.

VioletSky said...

Somehow it gives the gravesite a bit more life, if certainly not more colour!

Francisca said...

That's truly a yin-yang image: the soft, warm, colourful florals against the hard, cold, grey stones. Wonderful.

freefalling said...

It's an avalanche of flowers!
Wouldn't that be a great way to go?
Ever since I was a kid and read Seven Little Australians, I've always thought it would be a good way to go by being hit by a gum tree branch in the bush.
And there is THE MOST beautiful death scene at the end of Peter Carey's Bliss - have you read it?

I can see orchids!
Can you see them?
White ones, at the back left.
I can't figure out what all those other white flowers are - the ones with the dark center.

Julie said...

Letty: I know that largish white flower, as it is everywhere in Jardin des Plantes in Paris. See in the bottom LH area, a bouquet of cerise and white where the white appears to be folded in upon itself. That one! However, I cannot find my photographs from JdP ... it is a common name that I knew well, but did not recognise the flower. I shall hunt for it.

Have to go to dentist first ... *boo hoo* ...

Dianne said...

I love this capture with the soft pretty colours spilling out among the gravestones - the French seem to use flowers in abundance and I like that!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Layers and dimensions of flowers! This must be a celebration of life in action! I somehow think of a wedding! A celebration of a new stage! Beautiful photo!

tapirgal said...

I've always wanted to wander through the Paris cemeteries but have never found the time (doesn't time fly in Paris?). This is delightful. Thanks for letting us know about the live flowers.

Jim Bar said...

I have a link to my post from the other week because I posted three Taphophile posts in the same week. :)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The flower soften the stone and add a touch of cheer. I can't help but think that they won't last but a few days. Like life, their period of full bloom is brief.

Joan Elizabeth said...

This tradition must keep the florists and nurseries very happy. They are beautiful.

JM said...

Amazing! I have never seen so many flowers in a cemetery.

Karen Xavier said...

I like it, makes the place look less foreboding.

biebkriebels said...

You got a lot of extra work with the "Taphophiles" I think. Did you expect so many people were worldwide interested? Thanks for your nice comments. I remember the funeral of Churchill indeed, but not that he was on a boat. I only remember a huge row of people and military in the streets.
Marianne

Julie said...

Hello Marianne, yes there is a lot more work now that I have a meme to look after. However, it is a topic that I find engrossing, and I have photos already and find it easy to get more.

I was not sure how many people would be interested world-wide. However, I suspect we have only scratched the surface so far. I try to visit every contributor at this early stage. So far it is still tremdendous fun.

Thanks for your comment, Marianne.

CaT said...

i have never been to paris, but i think my parents and sister liked to visit this cemetery there too, every time they went...

Julie said...

Ahha ... so taphophilia is genetic!

I went to four cemeteries in Paris last April. They are all wonderful.

Thanks for your comment, CaT.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

goddie gum drops - I've returned! enjoy

Julie said...

I will - just watch me!