Dust to dust


Dearly departed
Unto dust thou shalt return
The circle endures

Rebecca, wife of Thomas, died January 27, 1869 at the age of 50. She is buried, surrounded by her family, in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Pensacola, FL. Her white granite gravestone is encased in the base of an old oak tree. The bole is at least 9 feet in circumference. That would mean that the tree began to grow about the same time as Rebecca’s interment. Perhaps it was planted intentionally at the same time.

The spread of the base covers her entire burial plot. I can only imagine that the roots of this majestic oak have encased her casket as snuggly as her gravestone.

5, 7, 5

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

17 thoughts on “Dust to dust

  1. I wonder how much of her substance now lives in that tree. In 1869, there were few, if any, concrete burial vaults, or even metal, hermetically sealed caskets. Her casket was most likely wood, which would have deteriorated over time, leaving the roots of the tree to nourish themselves with her ‘stuff’.

    Rebecca, wife of Thomas, lives on in that tree.


  2. So are the words on the tombstone facing the tree?

    I suspect that instead of someone deliberately planting it a wayward acorn ended up being buried…maybe by a sneaky squirrel

    I need to go wandering in old graves. You can get the coolest inspirations


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