Clayville Cemetery

I was going for my last walk of 2010 when I noticed these little rocks so carefully placed on the Clayville Cemetery sign. Who put them there and why?

This little cemetery is just off the road. It seems strange that a cemetery would catch my attention on this final day of 2010, yet also incredibly appropriate. As I am walking, I am uploading this image and thinking of simultaneous endings and beginnings. 2010 is almost behind me and 2011 is just ahead ... so much to ponder.
...and so much to look forward to. Happy new year Laura.
posted December 31st, 2010  
I love the tone and feel of this capture!
great shot! :)
posted December 31st, 2010  
This is beautiful
posted December 31st, 2010  
Endings & new beginnings & yes lots to ponder. How appropriate as you welcome in the new year. The rocks remind me that there is so much we don't know & there aren't answers to these questions. The muted colors of the cemetery also depict it as a quiet, lonesome, serene space.
posted December 31st, 2010  
Wonderful image and commentary. The rocks are one of those little mysteries in life. Brings to mind an Arthaveda quote about the unknown..."May we be fearless ~ from friends and enemies~from known and unknown. May all the directions be our allies.” Onward we go into the new year and whatever it might bring. Hope it's all good for you, Laura!


posted December 31st, 2010  
A good place to visit to say good bye to 2010. Moege 2011 uns Frieden und Zufriedenheit bringen...all the Best to you and your family. Danke schoen fuer die Worte zum Neuen Jahr.
posted December 31st, 2010  
They put rocks on Jewish graves, it could be reflection of that..?


It is Jewish custom, to place a pebble or small stone on a grave when one visits a cemetery. This is intended to convey a three-fold message. "You are not forgotten." "See-I have been here." "I have added to your monument."

This is not as much a religious thing as a custom or tradition. It is probably still done as the use of cut flowers is considered improper in the entire Jewish burial practice. (So, don't send or bring them on bereavement calls...a gift of -Kosher- food when making a "shiva" call is best).


The act of putting a stone on a grave refers back to when we as a people 'rose' up from the dirt of the earth. We started in the earth and end in the earth, and the stone represents that thought.


Happy endings and Wonderful new beginnings to you....
This is a wonderful photo.


posted December 31st, 2010  
Excellent shot and makes you wonder.
posted December 31st, 2010  
@nikkers great explanation nikki. i think its a beautiful tradition and I love the meaning(s) behind it. there is something very moving about walking thru a cemetery and seeing all the stones there. . .
that said, Happy New Year everyone!
posted December 31st, 2010  
Lots of symbolism in this composition. I like to think it was a young child who lined the rocks so carefully.
I wish you and your whole menagerie of characters a Happy New Year
posted January 1st, 2011  
It's hard to believe we have arrived at the beginning of a new year. Time goes by too quickly, but you do wonder what a new year brings. I hope you find the new year to be filled with much happiness and good health.
posted January 1st, 2011  
People traditionally leave rocks or pebbles to signify that they came to visit....leave a memento.
posted January 1st, 2011  
Great pic by the way
posted January 1st, 2011  
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