Bethel Church, Logan County, Illinois

Through the randomness of Google Maps, I spotted a new landmark popping up in the countryside north of Lincoln, Illinois. Labeled Bethel Church, I knew the short ten minute drive off the interstate was going to be worthwhile. The style of the church is an interesting mix of the massing of the Gothic Revival, with…

Henry Shaw Mausolea and Gardens, Missouri Botanical Garden

Apparently, the building sitting to the north of the fenced garden was intended to be Henry Shaw’s mausoleum, but he rejected it in favor of a new location to the south. Passing through the gates into the garden, the mausoleum appears through the trees and shadows. Shaw’s final mausoleum has changed little in appearance over…

Bellefontaine Cemetery, The Last Snow

I snapped these photos the last time it snowed in St. Louis back when it was just pretty and not a complete and total nightmare like this most recent snowstorm. I’m experimenting around with a new function which is a gallery; as has always been the case you can click on any photo to see…

Bellefontaine Cemetery in the Autumn of 2021

These photos are totally overexposed, but I still wanted to show some of the fall color from a drive around Bellefontaine Cemetery, revealing these views of the leaves changing on the trees.

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Ohio

Established in 1841, Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio is one of the oldest institutions in the rural cemetery movement. It’s interesting to compare it to Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, or to its similarly named counterpart in Quincy, Illinois. It is sited on some downright rugged terrain, creating a dramatic setting with deep…

Light and Shadow, Reflections on the Water, Bellefontaine Cemetery

The new mausoleum at Bellefontaine Cemetery has a series of windows and staircases that lead to different vistas and views, allowing the visitor to see the lake to the north, or other parts of the cemetery from inside the building. The white granite contrasts with the blue and green of the natural world outside the…

Colored Light and Reflections, Bellefontaine Cemetery

There is a new mausoleum at Bellefontaine Cemetery, whose owners wish to remain anonymous until the first interment. All cemetery staff and contractors who worked on the project are sworn to secrecy, but we can tell the famed firm of Emil Frei & Associates designed and produced the beautiful stained glass windows that were commissioned…

Details, Busch Mausoleum

I’ve done details of the Wainwright and Lemp mausolea in the past, so I turned to the Busch Mausoleum next. The famous phrase by Gaius Julius Caesair, Veni, Vedi, Vici, was spoken after his defeat of Pharnaces II of Pontus, not during the conquest of Gaul, as is commonly misunderstood.

Around the Benton and Hoppe Graves, Bellefontaine Cemetery

Around the Hoppe and Benton graves there are some other very old and interesting family plots that I had never seen before, so I grabbed some quick photos. I also went around and photographed some of the parts of the cemetery that I frequently visit, as well. I never noticed that this family plot below…

Bellefontaine Cemetery, Nighttime

Jason Gray and I were recently given the opportunity to do some late afternoon and evening night photography at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Here are some of my shots. Jason did many more and better photographs that you’ll see in the future.