Thursday, May 8, 2014

Keenan Cemetery

This is an old cemetery in Farmers Branch, Texas. This is what I wrote about it on Flickr in 2011:

Sunday after church I asked my husband to take me to the rose garden for some photography. The roses were not in bloom yet, but there were violets and other small flowers around. Well, the infernal wind is back so I just could not get any good shots with petals swirling around! I was just about to get in the car when I saw the cemetery next door, framed by the fleur-de-lis fence. I quick snapped off a shot, too lazy to get closer (which is what I would normally do). I'm so glad I took this from a distance. Used the Aged Photo preset in Lighroom which seemed to capture the mood I was after. 

This is the oldest Cemetery in Dallas County. Keenan Cemetery was established on November 11, 1843, when Thomas and Sarah Keenan, two of the area's first settlers, buried their infant son John Keenan. The Cemetery contains approximately 3 acres and has three Texas State Historical Markers. Also buried in the Cemetery are military veterans of every War from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam conflict, including both Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War.

Please visit TexWisGirl's Good Fences meme for more fence shots.


47 comments:

Andy said...

You sure do know how to photograph something simple and make it appealing to the eyes.

Nancy's Notes said...

Very interesting post. What a great looking fence, I'm sure Tex will enjoy having you as her guest!

Anvilcloud said...

How often have I found that the best photo of the day was not the one that I had planned on taking.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the color tones!!

Roan said...

I remember this cemetery. I lived in Dallas for about 30 years. I had a friend that lived close by. If it's the one I'm thinking of it's not far off Valley View Lane. I really like this shot with the aged effect.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the fence with the fleur-de-lis finials. Looks great in monochrome.

Shug said...

I honestly believe that this would be a seller!! This photo alone is the perfect example of a person having a true eye for photography! Proud of you and your great accomplishments...

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely cemetery fence and composition of your photo! For once - I like a photo in black & white & grey!! Very appropriate!!

hootnonny said...

Oh, Gail. You are so much more that birds! :)

Stephanie said...

Amazing picture, Gail! Love it :) Happy Mother's Day to you!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous fence!

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful, Gail. The treatment works well. The black fence really pops.

Irma said...

Beautiful fence, Gail.
Well photographed.
Greetings Irma

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Today I reached your blog via my friend Linda's blog (RetirementLiving). It's as all world.

TexWisGirl said...

it is beautiful. thanks (in advance) for linking up! :)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Ps I love your pretty fence. When I am outside watching the various birds in my back yard, I think of you and your patient quest for the right birdshot.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great fence and I love the editing!

Mitzi said...

I actually have been to and know this cemetery. You captured a section of the fence quite beautifully my dear. Great composition.

Evelyn S. said...

I find cemeteries fascinating places, always. This image certainly creates (or captures) a solemn mood.

June Caedmon said...

Beautiful shot, Gail! I love the old iron fences. So decorative! They just don't seem to make them like that any more - and I love perusing old cemeteries - the stone faces may remain silent and the ground may not give up any secrets, but they can't stop me from reading the names and imagining what tragedies and JOYs each life might have held. Happy day!

cobie en bas van Es said...

het hek staat er anders perfect op.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Ooooooh, deep sentiment. Lovely photograph and reverence about it. Thanks you!

Thanks for the fun support of my style. That scarf is pretty amazing, it is not a bit hot, it is linen or cotton or some natural fiber and it loosely woven. It was just what the doctor ordered to fix that ensemble. hahahaha. doctor's orders. I have been to too many hospitals and doctors appointments, huh?

Oh Gail, it feels so good to have a full day at blogging today. Fun post, fun ensemble, fun bald head and fun friends! The mighty blog lives ON!!! ♥, Renae (dear God answers prayers of mercy)

DeniseinVA said...

Sometimes those unexpected moments for taking photos are the best photos. This one is fantastic Gail :)

Karen said...

Simplicity is beauty, and this sure is! Love it!

barbara l. hale said...

That's a grand photo! I love the mood of it.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I was just remarking on someone else's blog that I love old cemeteries and then I come across this amazing photo on yours. I love this. So much history...

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

What a beautiful shot- especially with the edit. Nice one!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Lovely fence and image, and great piece of historical information.

Visiting from Good Fences,

~Lindy

eileeninmd said...

The fence is pretty, great shot!

Karen said...

I'm glad you snapped a shot of it, terrific photo.

bailey-road.com said...

It's a lovely image, Gail.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A very lovely fence.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a sweet memory post. And definitely a beautiful fence.

marilyn said...

Wonderful photo... Beautiful fence... So nice to have some history with it too

Stephanie said...

Wonderful fence shot!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, "fleur-de-lis" is first for me and learned about original crest of French Royal Family. And always wonderful to know the history.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to dear Gail, xoxo Miyako*

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That's a beautiful fence, and I love the way you processed it. Great look and mood!

Debbie said...

WoW...so simple and so beautiful!!

Linda said...

Really nice composition! Peace and balance.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Perfect composition, and the edit does set a mood for the image.

Jen said...

That looks like something you'd find closer to New Orleans. Very unique fence and a beautiful photo.

Ida said...

Awesome photo of the fence with the cemetery in the background. The processing is wonderful.

I wasn't able to do Good Fences this week but do have a post up if you want to check it out.

Brian King said...

That is gorgeous!

Betty Manousos said...

what a great choice/use of sepia toning!
excellent, gail!

big hugs~

Karen S. said...

Amazing, 1843, how lovely it is. Very nice capture you shared too!

Raggedy Creations said...

What a simply lovely photo.

Helma said...

The gate of the cemetery have superb photographed. Very intriguing to make use of a picture there;-)