Tombstones & Turkeys

I spent last Saturday afternoon in a nearby cemetery, armed with my camera and a long list of names..hoping to get as many tombstone photographs as I could.  

I've been here many times, not only to take photos for findagrave, but also because my great grandparents and my 2 greats grandparents, along with numerous cousins, are buried here.  

This interesting **stone wasn't on my list, but at that particular moment, I was bent over, trying to make out the letters and dates, and then, out of the bushes behind me came the loudest crash!  

Scared me to death.  All I could think was thank goodness I had my cell phone..maybe I could call someone to come rescue me from whatever creature was coming out of the woods after me. 
Then I thought...forget the cell phone, I can run!  But just then, I saw the noise maker- the ugliest giant bird waddling with a purpose on down the fence line.  I didn't know what he was about, but I watched him until he left the cemetery...(just in case).   :) I'm pretty sure I scared him more than he scared me.  NOT.  Then I just felt silly for being scared in the first place.  I've become such a wimp in my old age.  

So now, I can cross wild turkey off my list of birds I have never seen before except on the computer or tv.  I had no idea they were so HUGE and did I say UGLY?? 


If you're curious  about the markings on the tombstone, **This is what it looked like 4 years ago  I'm sure that time and weather played a huge role in the erosion of this tombstone, but I would also think that the baby? powder might have had something to do with it. 

I have seen the damage that shaving cream and baby powder will do to a stone..especially when it is left on the stone and it leeches into it.  There are many websites that discuss how to be safe with the old stones & newer stones also, for that matter. 

  I prefer rubbings if I can't make out the words or dates.  It's the one method that generally always works.  Bring a roll of foil or plain white paper and several dull pencils or black art crayons. Always better to be safe than to hasten the erosion of a marker, because when the letters fade, odds are that no one will know who lies beneath.  

Sharing with ABC Wednesday ~ "T", The Bird D'Pot, Through my Lens & Wild Bird Wednesday 

36 comments:

  1. I hadn't realised that baby powder could wreak such havoc. Oh the irony: safe for babies tender skin, but dangerous to stone.
    And that turkey looks BIG.

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    1. Oh gosh, have you heard that now they think baby powder causes cancer? That was my first thought when I heard that....the babies.

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  2. Greatshot of the turkey. I have a friend that can take pictures of grave stones that no one can read and by using a very compicated prgramme and a lot of photogrphs, he then can see what is written on the tombstones. If is stterly fantastic.

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    1. I imagine that would be fantastic. There are so many stones I have seen that are unreadable.

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  3. It's too bad the stone has been damaged. One could question many things about it. I prefer rubbings too.
    Turkeys are pretty ugly. So are Buzzards ...

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  4. When I was a young child, the thought of a gravestone or burial was scary, but I can only imagine how you felt, and then the turkey appeared. They are huge, make a lot of noise, and I am so glad you stayed safe. I have read of gravestone rubbings using paper, and didn't know they could be damaged so easily.

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  5. Hi Terri, I think walking alone in the cemetery among the tombstone is not for the weak heart and also for the highly imaginative person like me. Lol!

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  6. That looks like some shallow etching on that tombstone, with the name Wade and died Aug 4. That's about all I think I can make out.

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  7. I love to explore old cemeteries!

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  8. I found a old cemetery last week and will go back after lookng up some of the names.

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  9. Hello, I have had the turkeys run out of the woods making all kinds of noises. It scared me too. Great shot! That is some before and after shots of the gravestone. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  10. i have never seen a stone change that much in a few years, it doesn't even look like the same stone... what a shame. i have never heard of baby powder on stones and have never done a rubbing either. i do love to look at them and take a few photos.. that turkey noise would have scared me and when i saw it was a turkey i would have run. i was attacked by a tom turkey at 8 years old, shredded my easter dress off me... i don't like turkeys and have never loved birds because of it. but i did get over the bird thing and now i like them... the only encounter in the cemetery's here would be squirrels or maybe a possum

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  11. I enjoy visiting the older cemeteries. It is sad to see so many tiny (baby) graves with just a four inch stone, no markings.

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  12. You got a great photo of the turkey! They look so wild! lol I was surprised that we have a flock of wild turkeys here in our community. We always saw them in the mts of NC but they are in Florida too! Hugs!

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  13. My husband's family in Texas has the prettiest graveyard I have ever been to in my life. It is on top of a hill with the rolling hills all around it. Just the sound of the wind. It wasn't a sad graveyard. It was interesting walking around it looking at all of his family for generations. I just took pictures. I didn't know that about shaving cream. I love that picture of the turkey. He is quite a fellow. I learned quite a bit from your visit with the past. Very interesting.

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  14. Interesting what you're doing with rubs . that same process is used for petroglyphs. Here , for most cemeteries, a group has photographed all grave markers.

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  15. Well you can scratch turkey off your life list. Oddly I think they are almost attractive but what do I know, I like buzzards too.
    Can't believe how that stone was damaged beyond readability by a well meaning but uninformed soul. It was all ready really old and readable in the first picture, surely just 4 years would not have done that with out the baby powder. So sad.

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  16. Hubby and I were taking a walk in rural Iowa years ago before we moved to the Northwest. Out of the bushes flew/ran about a dozen wild turkeys. They are scary because they are big...and ugly too. I didn't know that baby powder would hurt the stones. I had heard that people use it for rubbings. I hope more will become educated and stop using them if they cause that much damage.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. LOL! Turkeys can be very stealthy or very noisy as you found out!

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  18. The turkey would have startled me too. We spent one mother's day visiting old cemeteries locating family graves.

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  19. We saw a few turkeys outside the cottage this weekend. They are not uncommon around here, but I have never seen them there.

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  20. That is a huge turkey. I don't think they are ugly. Just goofy!
    Excellent advice about the headstones. I have seen so many lost to time.

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  21. I think a zoo nearby has a few in their barynard section though they may be domesticated instead of wild

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  22. Wow, there is quite a difference between the photo of four years ago and this current one. I'm glad you were able to escape from the turkey. ;) I'm glad it wasn't a bear!!

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  23. would love to see a wild turkey around here! but the scare, you can keep. :)

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  24. We used to see whole families of wild turkeys all over when we stayed on the Lake in Oregon during the summer and fall. But I have never had one sneak up on me -- that would be scary; they really are large! That's good work you are doing with the gravestones. Thank you for it.

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  25. Wow, a wild turkey. I would love to see that too. Just not surprise me like that did to you.
    I haven't walked through a cemetery for while, I should go.

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  26. OK, kinda ugly, but delicious!

    ROG, ABCW

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  27. Turkeys can be very annoying. My daughter had two of them: a male and a female one. The male walked behind his wife all day long, ready to defend her and attacking anyone who came close by the female.He couldn't stay with my daughter's family and she was forced to give him away. The female felt lonely and kept following us. Even when we went away by car she was running after the car, just like the dogs.
    There were always a couple of wild bush turkeys. They joined the ducks and stole their food.
    great post Terri!
    Wil,ABCW Team

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  28. I would have liked to get someone, not me(too much of a wimp) to catch and despatch it...
    then we could all have a nice Turkey roast.... YumYum

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  29. I used shaving cream on my great parents graves several years ago, it's a long trek so I haven't been back since. Hope they are still readable. I'd say he's ugly but agree with Roger.
    ann

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  30. i can imagine your shock... but it just shows to expect the unexpected.

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    ( http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-18-t/ )

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  31. That would have shocked me too! Sad to see that old stone, and I wonder why anyone would put baby powder on it?

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  32. Terri....I'm so late in visiting Terri, I am embarrassed to say. We had company for 10 days this month, and then Bud and I both came down with a nasty bug. This is the first day I've really felt up to checking the past blog and linking participants while I was absent.

    Accept my apology, please.

    LOVE the turkey image....scaring you like that wouldn't be good tho.

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  33. This must have been a scare for you having that turkey come around and make such a loud noise. I just saw a turkey at the nearby trail where I live. They look different than this one, and actually pretty. They get real close to you though, and sometimes they startle me too. :)

    ~Sheri

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