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Flora, Jackson, California, 2008

Flora, Jackson, California, 2008

A 21 year-old woman named Flora died in 1874, and was buried in Jackson’s cemetery. Her gravestone has long since fallen over and cracked. It now lies in the shade of flowering weeds. I stood over the stone to make this image, taking care to include a pink plastic flower left by a compassionate human. Flora’s very name ironically speaks of flowers, the work of nature. In death, flowers – both real and imagined – have become her companions.

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Phil Douglis15-May-2009 23:24
Good to have a Rose join this conversation. Indeed, Flora was just blooming as she perished. Early deaths were common in California's gold mining towns.
sunlightpix15-May-2009 23:17
Great diagonal composition.
At age 21 she should have been in the bloom of her life.
Phil Douglis15-May-2009 20:03
Thanks, Tim, for commenting on the way the interplay of light and shadow here conveys much of the image's meaning. I placed this photograph in this gallery of images expressing man's relationship to nature because of the presence of flowers, both real and man made. The woman's name links to them as well. Flora's stone might be crumbling, but as you note, her spirit is embraced by the shadowy imprint of nature itself.
Tim May15-May-2009 18:43
I love the play of light on this - The "real" flowers cast a shadow on the stone - almost like an embrace.
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