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It’s Not The End

There are still some people out there who don’t understand the way friendships develop because of the internet but people here on RB know differently. Two friends are going through what can only be described as rough times. Both of them have been very much on my heart for the last couple of days and I’ve posted two photos with each of them in mind.

Cemetery photos are something I’ve always found interesting with the moody atmosphere and the varying shapes of the monuments. However, as I’ve photographed this particular monument in every imaginable weather condition and all four seasons I never quite came up with wanted I wanted to portray. When I came home with this in early fall on a day with the vibrant light and colour of a changing season I knew I had the shot I wanted….one that would speak of death as a passage but not the end.

One of the friends about whom I am writing has lost her best friend of many years and she understands and believes very well the concept that death isn’t the end yet her grief is palpable for the loss in this life of a woman who was like a sister. This is my attempt to illustrate the hope there is in death.

And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain….
Revelation 21


  • Holly Cawfield
    Holly Cawfieldover 5 years ago

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 5 years ago

    Death is a tough subject for photography, I think, Holly. I read your text carefully, and stared at your image for some time. You have captured a monument, a way we immortilize those we love. The power of this one for me, is enhanced by all the surrounding nature. Love your thoughtfulness, Holly. Perhaps, that is how I see you as photographer…thoughtful.

  • David, I can’t imagine a more inspiring kind of compliment than telling me you see me as a thoughtful photographer. I appreciate this comment more than I can express….it’s actually given me a major shot in the arm and I thank you for it very much.

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous image and from a photography standpoint, just excellent in color, composition and clarity! From a human perspective, it is a wonderful example of the transition from the concrete to the spiritual!

  • Thank you so much Joanne. This is such a lovely comment ….and from both perspectives. Very kind of you to look and comment. :-)

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Nancy  Vice
    Nancy Viceover 5 years ago

    a beautiful capture, the light of the day didnt move till you came to shoot this photo :) it was your time! and what a wonderful tribute :)

  • Thank you so much Nancy…your words are so very kind and very much appreciated. :-)

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 5 years ago

    Holly, an amazingly peaceful and hopeful image. The contrast between the cool and hard monument and the nature surrounding it is breathtaking. To me, this composition says that it is all part of the ONE, that even though our eyes see a seperation, and a contrast, there is still a celebration of life, and life everlasting. Thank you for sharing this powerful imagery.

  • Carolyn, it’s an amazing thing to me to see the way hope threads through our lives no matter what our circumstances may be. It’s very much a part of His omnipresence, isn’t it. Thank you for your wonderful and touching comment.

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...over 5 years ago

    well done

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Dear Holly..
    What a special person you must be..Not only your excellent photo’s and refesshing idea’s but even so the written story here with your photo. And yes..I am only short member of this site, been on another and made lots of good friends world wide.. Turkey , Greece Sth Africa..France Canada.. and know what?? many I have met during traveling , so all yours here is my cup of tea! Greetings charming Lady and a smile from Holland:

  • Thank you so much John….and welcome to the Bubble! Your comment is so very kind and I do appreciate you taking the time to make it. :-)

    – Holly Cawfield

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 5 years ago

    Oh – this is very beautiful Holly! That looks like a beautiful porch to sit on too!

  • Robert Woods
    Robert Woodsalmost 4 years ago

    Is this a picture of a picture or a picture. Very well done.
    Thanks for sharing.

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