Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Cemetery Search

In November, our beloved cat went missing. Luckily for you, I wasn't blogging much at the time so you were spared the drama of my family's week of searching for him, only to find out that the poor fellow's dead body had been picked up by Animal Control the first night that he didn't come home. It was a rough week, and I still miss my furry buddy, but the reason I tell you this story is not to make you sad, but to explain why my boys and I were tromping through a nearby cemetery on a sunny November afternoon. Our cat, of course, we didn't find, but we did find some cool stuff.

We've walked through the cemetery before but never noticed this old delapidated garage/shed building. Here's Ben peering inside the closed garage door. There was an old bed in there and some other "treasures."

I had fun playing with filters on these--here's another photo of the shed with the Lomo-ish filter and museum matte. I really love how the filter emphasizes the way the sunlight plays on the brick walls.

This 1906 cemetery also contains a beautiful old Japanese cemetery within its grounds. I don't know much about the history of this cemetery-within-a-cemetery, but I'm so glad this spot outlasted a streak of post-WW2 vandalism to continue as a tribute to this group of Portland's ancestors, as well as the Japanese/American veterans of several U.S. wars.

It's interesting, looking back over these photos with the distance of three months. This walk through the cemetery now seems like a fitting tribute to the small soul we were searching for at the time. While my boys and I peered behind hedges and called for our kitty, our conversations ranged from him and his story, to Portland's history, to ways people remember their loved ones, the temporary nature of life on earth, and the fleeting passage of time.

Blackster may be gone, but he lives on in the many memories like this that our family created over the 7 years that we were lucky enough to have him in our midst.

Thanks for choosing us, little buddy

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy


  1. I love Snaphot Saturday because we all have such varied photos to share.

  2. Interesting photos. I especially like your use of the filter in the shed photo, as well as the black-and-white tombstone photo. They look so dramatic! I'm sorry to hear about your cat. Losing a pet is so hard.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

  4. Oh Ali!! I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. :( The photos here are gorgeous.

  5. It's so sad when we lose our pets, Blackster looks a character. Interesting photos from your cemetery walk.

  6. Oh Ali, I am just so very, very sorry. *hugs hugs hugs* Blackster was a gorgeous kitty. I'm glad your family and he had each other for the years you did. *more hugs*