Color,, Photographs, Pictures, Ray Laskowitz
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Five Crosses

1800s metal work.

1800s metal work.

I thought I’d show you a few more pictures from the cemetery at St. Philip Catholic Church in Vacherie. Since, I’ve written about this place just a few days ago, I won’t bore you with all the details again. I’ll just show you some crosses which date back to the mid-1800s.

If you take a good look at the pictures, you’ll notice that these cross are weather-beaten and have been flooded by various storm surges driven by big hurricanes. You’ll also see some tombs that have been freshly white washed. Since I couldn’t find anybody with whom to talk, I’m guessing that freshly painted tombs belong to families who still survive. Based on placement of the crosses and the tombs, I also think that the crosses came first and were later replaced with family tombs. I wonder about the cross in the middle picture. It is reminiscent of pictures of crosses I’ve seen in France and Belgium that were placed in cemeteries immediately after World War I. How and why a cross that was made for expediency’s sake came to be here is just one of those unanswered questions. One of these days I’ll get back here. Hopefully when there is somebody around who can tell me about the history of this place. I Googled around. The history is very incomplete.

The pictures. Not much work in post production. Mostly F 11 and be there. Let the picture do its thing. By itself.

Storm beaten.

Storm beaten.

Rusted and twisted.

Rusted and twisted.


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