This married couple lived in the Gold Rush era in gold country of Nevada County, California. They were buried in a graveyard now sunken to well below the level of the current town of Grass Valley. As is hinted by these tombstones, the ground here is still settling lower, probably because of underground water erosion. There are numerous sites in this cemetery that are either broken to bits or on their way to that point but the fact that some remain from over 140 years is a testament to their individual longevity. This one shows exceptional depth in the engraving and no signs of incursion by moss or lichen; no cracks, even small ones, are allowing a foothold where other headstones have been slowly torn apart.
If you couldn’t seen the date you might think this marker was erected sometime this very year.
As always, I try to hold markers of the deceased in special regard, removing any colour from the images (which may make them more artistically attractive) and never offer them for purchase if the names are visible. All shots were taken with the Nikon D80 with colour removed during editing in either PhotoShop Elements 3 or Corel PaintShop XI.