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Thread: Pics of an afternoon in Louisville

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    I went to Cave Hill Cemetery here in Louisville, Kentucky. When you drive in it is a park like setting, over a half mile of beautiful trees and grounds. there are hundreds of varieties of trees and probably as many flowers, grasses and shrubbery. I have been there twice now 2 to 2 1/2 hours each time and have not even seen half of it yet. People come here in tour groups, for picnics, daily walks while on their lunch breaks..it is breathtakingly beautiful.
    I was talking to one family who have members buried there going back to the civil war, they showed me the area reserved for those who died in that war and for other's who had supported the war in other ways. It looks like a miniature of Arlington Cemetery.
    The statuettes are all amazing, not only in style but in size...the trees are allowed to grow up and around them... The historical society is working on restoring some also, that weather has slowly etched away. I am not sure how many acres there are...but you could walk there for days and still miss parts of it.

    Here are just a few of the many pictures I have taken there.

    Driving into the cemetery
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    I have seen this Ginko Tree on PBS shows and they said it was the oldest ginko tree in the USA
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    There are many water features throughout the whole cemetery, the grounds all slope down and they have done a wonderful job of using that to their advantage.

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    More of the water features and a magnolia tree budding...maybe someone can tell me is this a seed pod or just a fall blooming variety?

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    more water features
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    My, those are awfully pretty! It felt peaceful just looking at them. #5 (4th pic down) was my favorite.

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    Just a few of the memorials and mausoleums
    Some of the mausoleums are built right into the hillsides

    This is a memorial marker not a mauseleum
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    This is the area that reminded me of Arlington and a picture of the office building
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    This memorial has also been on several PBS shows. It was erected for a couple who are laid to rest here.
    When I stood at the base of the statue, I only came up to her knees, just to give you an idea of it's size
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    Close ups of the detail on the columns and the ceiling.
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    I don't usually visit cemetery's, but having seen shows featuring this one I put it on my list. It is very peaceful, historic, and I just stood in awe at all of the beauty and artistic work, both man made and by nature. I can fully understand why so many visit there every day...

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    Such a peaceful setting! The magnolia pods will eventually turn brown when the seeds are ripe. That gingko was spectacular!

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    The pictures are lovely. It just looks so tranquil there.

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    Thank you Moonpi, I thought that may be what it is, they are almost as pretty as the blossoms I have seen :D :D :D

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    How beautiful!
    Thanks for the pics!

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    WOW I could spend days they just walking around and relaxing ! What great weather you also had :lol:

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    Beautiful weather, scenery, I was very fortunate indeed!!!

    Loretta, if you ever do make it to Louisville, contact the historical preservation society first...they may be able to give/help with more information as well as a stop by the office on the grounds there, too :wink:

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    Beautiful! Looks like you are in full summer still! We're in the throes of fall, most of the leaves are gone (well on the ground) and the snow is creeping down the mountain sides. What does your fall and winter look like down there?

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    Beautiful cemetery. Some of those monuments are amazing, aren't they?

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    We love cemeteries and should plan on seeing this one some day in our travels. Thanks for the photo show.

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    Unbelievably peaceful to see and thank you for posting them.

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    Amma, they are stunning pics, thank you for taking such lovely shots - the one that really worried me was the Ginko - I have two, growing not 10 feet from the front wall of my house!!!!! Mind you, by the time they get as huge as that one, I expect I will be long gone, so will the house.

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    What an awesome cemetery. It almost seems like a big park instead.

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    Beautiful. What a wonderful place to go and visit. Thanks for sharing.

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    What a beautiful and peaceful place amma - thanks for taking time to share the pics. :D

    Re the ginkgo, it's one of my favourite trees and is viewed as a 'living fossil' - it is largely unchanged as a variety for 270 million years. The tree dinosaurs saw is pretty much the same as we see today. :shock:

    I love this stuff, if anyone else is interested ( :mrgreen: ) you can read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo

    Sorry for the hijack amma! :D

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    The cemetery is awesome, how peaceful and the structures are amazing!

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