FAR WEST FLOWERS

Just back from deepest West Texas and am ready to say goodbye to 2009 with these images taken at the cemetery in Terlingua, Texas.

Located in the desert just outside of Big Bend National Park, Terlingua is a veritable ghost town. It began in the early 1900’s as a flourishing mercury mining town but disappeared along with the decrease in demand for mercury just after World War II. The cemetery is also somewhat abandoned, with mostly rubble and cacti for graves, though the locals come to pay their respects on November 2, the Day of the Dead, decorating the wood, metal or stone markers with paper flowers.

The dry conditions keep the flowers preserved for months, and even years, in a colourful yet still ephemeral tribute to those who died in the mines and in the flu epidemic of 1918.

Now reflourishing as a small but thriving community of creatives who work via the net and are literally rebuilding the town, Terlingua is an oasis in the middle of an otherworldly landscape.

Goodbye yesterday, welcome tomorrow!

Lisa

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~ by lisacwhite on December 31, 2009.

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