The ragged edges of time..........................! by Roy  Massicks

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The ragged edges of time..........................! by 


These silk flowers had obviously been placed on this grave some time ago but not as long ago as the date on the grave which was 1909. It is nice to think that somebody is remembered after all these years.

Location: Waikumete Cemetary, New Lynn, West Auckland, New Zealand.

Panasonic LUMIX GH2 at 140mm, 14 × 140 lens, 1/125, f/11, iso160, manual. From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    strange to think it was before we were born isn’t it xx

  • Yes, it is Lynn – thank you so much for your comment ! We stayed at the ’ Weary Friar ’ pub in Pillaton
    ( North Cornwall ) in 2000 and the church was right beside it. We looked around the graves and spotted one near the church wall of a twelve year old boy, dated 1200 and something. Incidentally, I got talking to a local in the bar – when I said ’ I don’t suppose much happens here, does it ?’ His reply was, ’ No, you are right, the last bit of excitement we had here was when they hanged the local Vicar from that big Oak tree in the churchyard because he wouldn’t accept the new King James Bible !’

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Great find Roy. As you say it’s nice to think that someone still cares. I’m ashamed to admit that I have no idea where any of my ancesters are buried. All the latter ones have been cremations so no trace left.

  • Thank you very much Colin – apart from the Massicks graves in Cumbria and my grandfather’s in Perth, Aust, all ours were cremated too !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    This is just beautiful dear Roy.A fave.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine – I do appreciate your kind comments and favourite. These silk flowers really stood out from the other bare graves.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 2 years ago

    Lovely find and capture Roy ~ it makes me want to take some flowers the next time we visit an old church and place them on a neglected grave :)

  • That’s a very kind thought Susie. Thank you for your lovely comments !

    – Roy Massicks

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    what a lovely way to remember .. silk flowers last a lot longer than real flowers

  • You are so right Angel – they really looked real until I got closer and saw the ragged edges.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajover 2 years ago

    Somebody cares. Beautiful image Roy.

  • Thank you so much Myra – I do appreciate your great comments and favourite. Nice to think that somebody still remembers you after all those years.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rita Blom
    Rita Blomover 2 years ago

    Ahhh so beautiful! Roy. So many people don’t visit graves now-a-days. We have evidence of that when we visit our sons. I have turned to Plastic flowers, sounds awful but they last sooo much longer and light his grave up. His wife preferred the burial opposed to cremation because she felt it would be far to upsetting for the four children I agreed with her. I think the silk flowers are gorgeous. We like to visit grave yards when on our travels especially in small out of the way places. It is very enlightening re our pioneer history here in Australia.

  • You are very kind Rita. We loved wandering through the graveyards in England as you learn so much from the inscriptions regarding the area. In the Lake District we spent quite some time wandering round the little churches looking for my ancestors graves – it certainly brought home the ’ haves ’ with tombstones and the ’ have-nots ’ in unmarked graves.

    – Roy Massicks

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Roy!

  • Many thanks Roy for your kind comments and favourite – much appreciated ! This rose looked so attractive among the plain and uncared for gravestones !

    – Roy Massicks

  • JoyceKeevil
    JoyceKeevilover 2 years ago

    I love the way you have framed this shot and the contrast of colours. That brilliant red against the cold grey. Very Nice.

  • Thank you for your kind comments Joyce. It was actually a lovely day but I deliberately under-exposed it a bit to try and create the atmosphere I wanted.

    – Roy Massicks

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