Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - Texas State Cemetery

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for one of my favorite blog events. Outdoor Wednesday is graciously hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer every week. Visit Susan weekly to see some outstanding outdoor photographs from all over the world!

We've had some beautiful fall weather here in Central Texas. Sunday was overcast and the skies had a slightly ominous look to them. DH and I decided to trek into Austin and take some photographs at the Texas State Cemetery. If you ever find yourself in the Austin area, make sure to visit this beautiful historical site. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and there is so much history there. You can almost hear the stories whispering in the trees.

Upon entering, the first thing you encounter is this lovely rock waterfall and stream. The stream meanders throughout the grounds reflecting the beautiful trees and sky.

Entrance path to the grounds

Beautiful path under a regiment of Texas State Flags leading into the cemetery

Stephen F. Austin died and was buried in Columbia, Texas. In 1910, his remains were re-interred at the Texas State Cemetery.

I just thought that this moss covered monument was lovely.

Confederate Field

Burial site of General Albert Sidney Johnston. The statue inside the tomb was carved by Elisabet Ney, famed 19th century sculptress from Austin.


9-11 memorial

I hope you enjoyed this tour of the "Arlington of Texas". It truly is a serene, peaceful place full of history and beauty. Don't forget to visit Susan to see what others are sharing this week.

45 comments:

Lori said...

Those are some nice photos!! you just have to love that Texas flag!!! Still can't believe you don't listen to country music!! Neither do I!!! But you are in Texas...LOL

The waterfall is very nice!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

At the risk of sounding weird, I find most cemeteries to be beautiful. The grounds are well kept and the trees lovely. Your photos reflect that beauty.

My dad is buried in Texas, at Ft. Bliss Army Base in El Paso.

Marina Capano said...

great pictures!

xoxo

eileeninmd said...

Lovley photos, I love the waterfall.

chubskulit said...

I love the last shot!

Please check out our last road trip here in Korea.

Hootin' Anni said...

It's so beautiful....and so tranquil.

My Outdoor Wednesday is the continuation from last week's venture...today, what we bought.

The Peddler Show

Happy Wednesday wishes to you.

Light and Voices said...

Wowza! The confederate field with the awesome stormy sky speaks volumes.
Joyce M

Riet said...

What beautiful photo's. Cemeteries are always so peaceful.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A cemetery is a sad place, but beautiful in many other ways. Thanks for sharing your tour there.

Mary said...

What lovely photos. The stormy sky your photos captured is really wonderful. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

Quilt Works said...

I like the photo of the cemetary - dark clouds make it sober. Very "proper" atmosphere and beautiful memorial

LDH said...

So nice to come along with you to the Texas State Cemetery. The pictures are great and the moody sky is so interesting to see... it really set the mood.
Kindly, ldh

Stine in Ontario said...

You captured the beauty of the cemetery very well.

Lee said...

You do some really interesting things and I for one am glad, being the home body I am, I get to go to new places with you. Thank you for the tour, it is beautiful isn't it?
Lee

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, what a peaceful place. I am always so fascinated by all the history and lovely monuments at cemeteries. This place is beautiful. The grounds are gorgeous. Thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty

JennyMac said...

great pics! The entrance is truly beautiful. And the sky is perfect for cemetery photos.

Diann said...

What great pictures!

LV said...

Thanks for sharing your trip around Austin with us. Austin is a nice place to live as well as visit. A lot of history there.

Southern Lady said...

Kathy, I love old cemeteries and find them very peaceful. I enjoyed seeing the Texas State Cemetery through your camera lens and would love to visit it sometime. The skies in your pictures added even more to your tour.

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

Kathy,
I love your pictures and your music just fit the bill. It made me feel like I had walked that cemetary with you. It's so pretty.
vickie

DesignTies said...

I think cemeteries are fascinating. They're sort of like history books -- you can learn a lot from the names and dates on the tombstones.

We went to the Titanic cemetery on our trip to Halifax in September. One of the names on a tombstone there was very similar to my great-grandfather's name. I have no idea if the two of them were related, but it sure got me to wondering!!

Did you get my e-mail with the information about the tiles and lens??

Kelly

Pam said...

Those are some lovely photos. We have a National Cemetary in Chattanooga that has some of those features, but not the lovely water.

Anita said...

Wow! I've been to Austin a zillion times and never have visited this beautiful landmark. When my in-laws come for the holidays I think we might just have to visit. Thanks for sharing!

SmilingSally said...

I love your state. I actually lived in Texas for one year, and my first grandchild was born there! I hope you've had a great day, Kathy.

Gillian Lee said...

I agreed with the other commentors... cementaries can be quite beautiful. PS My favorite book is "Too Kill A Mockingbird" too.

Pam said...

Your photos are so delightful. I enjoyed seeing a Arlington of Texas.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Kathy
I love to visit old cemeteries..they are like history books. The Austin Cemetery is beautiful! The 9/11 memorial was very touching to see.

My husband and I volunteer work for a National Landmark cemetery her ein Brooklyn, NY that dates back to 1843. We do Civil War veteran research to help identify veterans from that war that never received a headstone from the Veterans Administration. When we find one we order a headstone for them. We found quite a few confederate soldiers buried here amd the Daughters of the Confederate have visited us!

Ann said...

Burial site of General Albert Sidney Johnston. This is so beautiful.

There is a cemetery in Singapore, Kranji memorial that looks just like you Conferate field.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I love old head stones from the past...thanks for the tour of Austin...now I have a friend that reall does have a cememty in her back yard its from the Calif gold rush days...I have walked it manty times just reading the old head stones...so much history and I do love history...Great post Kathy....Mountain hugs to you my dear friend...Gl♥ria

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow Kat! These photos are wonderful! They look like paintings...especially the one of the Confederate field! Amazing! No kidding...your hubby should frame these for his shop! Thanks for the tour!...hugs...Debbie

Ebie said...

I love the landscape and it does not look like a cemetery except for the confederate field! The tone and texture of your photos are great!

Jane said...

This is such a beautiful and peaceful place. My family and I saw it many years ago, on one of our road trips around TX. We were touched by it...Thank you for sharing with us...

Jane (artfully graced)

Pat said...

Love the gray sky. My husband loves old graveyards, and now we have one in the yard...smaller (not in TX)1 marker but historic. Like your "emptynester" title...they don't always stay empty.

daylily777 said...

Fantastic pics .I love old graveyards . I have enjoyed my tour very much.
~Myrna

Amy said...

Lovely and humblig.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Cemeteries are actually quite fascinating. The burial site of General Albert Sidney Johnston is very ornate and quite beautiful. The stream is very pretty with its rock waterfall. It certainly adds to the peacefulness of the cemetery.

Thank you for the tour!

~ Tracy

James said...

These are great. I like the Confederate Field and the one above it best.

I take pictures all over Philadelphia. I guess I don't blend in very well though. I still have my Texas licence plate
and I wear a California Angels ball cap. :)

xinex said...

Cemeteries fascinates me. Thanks for giving us a tour, Kathy!...Christine

Lynn said...

What is it about cemeteries!?
I have visited them in several countries. The hub is used to stopping whenever I see one.
On another note,, thank you for being a loyal bloggy follower. Mom is doing better, thank you!
I'll be back soon.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful cemetery! Your photos are haunting (no pun intended). I love the shots of the Confederate field and Johnston's burial site.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful tour. Thanks for taking us along. Thank you for coming by to see Miss Scooter. She enjoyed your visit as much as I did..hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Miller said...

Kathy it is a remarkable place!

The tomb and the waterfull are so beautiful. The soldiers area as well.
I would enjoy seeing this in person. Your photography is really spectacular! I feel like I'm looking at still life paintings. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Have a blessed weekend,
~Melissa :)

Bill said...

Hi Kathy,
Wonderful post! I've always found cemeteries fascinating, but this one is especially beautiful and interesting. Your photographs of Confederate Field and the Burial site of General Albert Sidney Johnston took my breath away!

Have a great weekend!
Bill

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kathy, this is gorgeous! And I love the Confederate graves. Our CAR (Children of the American Revolution) chapter used to decorate the ones in our cemetery on Confederate Memorial Day and the ones on the other graves on Memorial Day. Loved seeing this.

XO,

Sheila... who is so thankful to be back online! :-)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Great photos Kathy! I love cemeteries and visit the ones in Georgia whenever I go. Some are definitely off the beaten track. We have a small family cemetery in Georgia on the farm my great-grandfather started in the late 1800s. Everyone buried there is family and the stories for each are fascinating.

So nice to be back and visiting again!