This is part VIII of my series of photo blogs detailing my recent trip to the Reno/Sparks area.
These shots were all taken the afternoon of August 3 at the Masonic Cemetery at the Silver Terrace Cemeteries in Virginia City. The Masonic cemetery dates back to the 1800's. I could have spent several hours exploring and shooting pictures. As you stand in this cemetery, you will notice at least 10 other old cemeteries on the nearby hills. Seems a lot of people died in the area during the gold/silver rush.
Cemeteries make great subjects for photos and I couldn't pass up the chance to shoot a real Old West cemetery! (For more background info on the Silver Terrace Cemeteries, go here: http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/attractions/virginia-city-cemeteries.html)
|Many of the headstones are missing or damaged. I think it adds to the uniqueness of the cemetery.|
|These were the strongest smelling pine cones I've ever smelled! You can see the caramelized sap in the picture.|
|Look closely and you will notice an old silver mine in the background. Some of these mines were right up against the main town.|
|Wooden grave marker.|
|I was amazed to discover they used wood for headstones and even more amazed that some of them were still there!!|
|This ended up being one of my favorite shots from the entire trip.|