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I took this photo on a winter trip to New Orleans, stopping by one of the old above-ground cemetaries that are famous in the city. I like the flowers in the foreground which speak to me of life in the midst of death.

The tombs are actually mini-mausoleums for families. These cemetaries are sometimes called “Cities of the Dead” because the tombs resemble small homes, some quite large and elaborate. Some are surrounded by wrought iron fences and winding “streets”.

Burials in the old cemetaries were done above ground because the water table is high in this below-sea-level city, and a sealed, air-filled casket would pop up after the first good rainfall. Not a pretty thought. My grandfather is buried in a similar cemetary.

About Ron Dauphin

Photographer, writer, proud dad, and UCC pastor.
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