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.
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