It was strong, dirty, rusty, old, and well built.
Hard to see here, so let's get a close-up...
I spotted it from a distance, from the wooded corner of the cemetery, near some of the oldest stones.
The gate is in the center, illuminated by sunlight.
It was 9:00 in the morning, Monday, June 10th, 2019. I walked closer to the gate to get a better look at this artifact that had been here for who knows how long?
Iron cemetery gate, resting in the woods.
I presumed it had been placed in that position, years ago, and had not moved since. It was probably cast aside, when no longer wanted, and leaned up against a small tree.
It was carefully made, ornate and beautiful, and at one time, no doubt, highly functional.
But what I really like is that it is fused into this tree that grew up around, and through it!
If you look carefully, the tree growth looks like a nose that grew through the gate. It looks to me like this tree has a face...can you see that?
Tree Face, fused into the old iron gate.
Trees have been known to fuse to one another, and also to objects placed in, on, or against them. I get a real kick out of seeing interesting fused trees. Here is a sap bucket someone forgot to remove from a sugar maple, back in the 1970's:
Sap bucket fused into a maple tree. It was left hanging there about 40 years ago.
But back to our subject...the gate:
A walk in a local cemetery this morning brought me to this place. I find old headstones to be very beautiful, and I like to look for ornate ones. To me, this old gate was as beautiful as an old headstone. I wonder if there is any maker's mark on it, that may tell the story of who built it. And I wonder when it was installed, and when it was last used as a gate.
Above is the view from the gate area. Maybe there used to be an entrance to the cemetery near where the gate is located today. Or maybe it was just a convenient place to stash the gate, when it was retired from use. Like the residents of the cemetery, the gate was left to rest in peace.
Thanks for walking along on "Old Roads, Rivers and Rails".
- Bob Totz, June 10, 2019
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