… or All Hallows Eve, or even Halloween in common parlance.
Briefly put aside “trick or treat”, plastic broomsticks for make-believe witches and funny face masks and let’s be a little serious for a moment.
According to some traditions this is the real end of the year; a time when many things are dead or dying. The start of the long, cold, dark days of winter.
And a time to conjure up and make our peace with the restless spirits. The spirits not just of those departed, but of fears and anxious thoughts that have dogged our steps in the closing year.
A time also to reflect once more on the times we have cherished with loved ones now gone.
So, Samhain; a time for sombre reflection, for confrontation with one’s inner demons. But also for finding ease and peace that we may embark upon our journey through the year-to-come refreshed, having left behind all the mental and emotional baggage that may have been dragging us down.
How fitting then that I should make the focus of what will probably be my last proper photo session of the year (for yes, I’m one of those that hold Samhain to be the year’s end) scenes from Bedford Cemetery.
And as a tribute to the occasion I’ve made a couple of my very rare excursions into black & white, of (appropriately enough) the gatehouse to the Cemetery…
And it seems that even my camera had a sense of the occasion!
I’ve set the GX10 to number files consecutively, from one session to the next. And apparently it resets at 9999. Well, it seems I must have now stacked up a total of 10k shots with it for right in the middle of the Cemetery session the numbering reset to 0001. How entirely appropriate!
The complete Bedford Cemetery set is here.