Late Medieval cadaver tombstone, St. Peters church yard, Drogheda, Co. Louth. This slab dates from 1520 and was associated with Sir Edmond Golding and his wife Elizabeth Flemying,the daughter of the Baron of Slane.
Interesting tidbit, the cadaver of Elizabeth is much more decayed in the carving than Sir Edmond, which suggests that he was buried later than her. I think there’s actually another cadaver tombstone in the town, in a church on Mary’s street. IThey’re both in Church of Ireland churches, I’m not sure whether it’s a tradition unique to them though, but it’s still interesting. Anyways, come to Drogheda for cadaver tombstones and severed head relics.
Circle of Life- This past January and February, we had a rare opportunity to observe the birth cycle of an Anna’s hummingbird up close.
By chance, we spotted a hummingbird nest on a bamboo groove about 15 feet away from our courtyard balcony. For the next several weeks, we had front row seats to witness the incredible process of eggs transformed into fledglings.
We were ecstatic and sad the day the two fledglings left the nest. But our hummingbird story didn’t end there.
The very next day, during my daily jog around Arroyo Seco trail, I found this dead hummer on the ground near the Farm. It must have flew into a window and broke it’s neck. Wanting to give it a proper burial, I placed it on this leaf and carried it back to the Farm before resuming my jog. When I finally got home half an hour later, the setting sun cast a sharp light streak across the studio floor so I hastily setup my camera to memorialized this hummer. Natural light is beautiful.
The squeak of loose floorboards called the knight’s attention and he opened his eyes and sat upright next to the bench where he lay his head. His gaze fell upon a human, a young one, just a boy. The way the knight sat on the ground by the bench he was no taller than the child.
The boy froze in…