More views of the ancient trees throughout the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. I love how these trees are aging with the mausoleums and grave sites to the point were they intertwine with the Victorian architecture. Trees and architecture, my favorite subjects to shoot!


The Angel of Grief

Green-Wood Cemetery is not only known for its famous celebrity residents, but also has one of the largest statuary and mausoleums in the country. During the walking tour, we came across this Angel of Grief, also known as a Weeping Angel. I think it looks even more melancholic without its hands.

The original Angel of Grief goes back to 1884, built by the sculptor William Wetmore Story, and is located in a protestant cemetery in Rome. This specific statue was portrayed in the magazine Victorian Cemetery Art – who knew there is a magazine devoted to this topic?!

The Guardians of Green-Wood

Another photograph taken of the old, majestic trees that are everywhere in Green-Wood Cemetery. These trees remind me of old guardians, protecting the liminal realm between life and death.


Guardians of Green-Wood

While taking in a tour at historic Green-Wood, I managed to capture some of the ancient trees on the property. These trees were quite impressive and were growing up around the various mausoleums and graves throughout the cemetery.

A landscape view of Green-Wood – a must-see National Historic Landmark in the heart of Brooklyn.

A little bit of history about Green-Wood from their site: Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries,  the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for  its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By  1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling  Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds  flocked to Green-Wood to enjoy family outings, carriage rides and  sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes.  Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks,  including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.


Parrots living in Brooklyn?

That’s right, check out these wild parakeets that have built nests in the entrance to the Green-Wood cemetery, quite a sight to see!

More photos of the amazingly vast Green-Wood historic landmark. Can you spot the parakeets? These birds are living wild in the heart of Brooklyn!