Monday, June 7, 2010

Visiting Orlando's Greenwood Cemetery





Whenever I travel,  I make a point of visiting at least one local cemetery.  Each place's cemeteries are different from the next in a way that whispers of their unique histories and cultures.  Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando Florida is a picture of the swampy, old world.   The graves here are old and an entire section of the cemetery is dedicated their confederate dead.  The Spanish moss drips from the trees and tickles the moss covered tombstones with its delicate fingers.   The tombstones are decorated with different colors of moss and lichen that obscures the names on the stone itself.  The cemetery is beside a wetlands and it feels like it is part of a swamp.  It is a picture from an old book of a haunted cemetery and its ghosts make it worthy of the photo.

The Southeastern corner of the cemetery is said to be the most haunted.  Ghost lights and phantoms have been seen here and photos from this area are often cluttered with orbs.  The graves here are said to be used by local Santeria practitioners as part of their rituals.  One caretaker describes walking through this section of the cemetery and becoming lost.   An arm grabbed him and pulled him until he was back where he should be.



4 comments:

Courtney Mroch said...

Gorgeous pics, Jessica! I also learned something from your description of visiting graveyards when you travel. I know many who love to do this and I always found it odd. But your description of what you find when you visit...beautiful. I really enjoy your writing style. Very poetic and insightful.

Jessica Penot said...

Thanks! I didn't know how much I loved cemeteries until I went to Piere Lachaise. It was more beautiful than the Louvre. Now, I always go to see cemeteries.

Melissa henry said...

My friend Brian Molina is buried here and would love to set a time to connect with him

Melissa henry said...

My friend Brian Molina is buried here and would love to make the time to reconnect with him