10.01.2007

Theme Day: Cemeteries And Tombstones

I have waited a long time for this theme day of cemeteries and tombstones. There was a suggestion of this about a year ago and this shot has been in my mind ever since. I'll be curious if there are any other cemetery photos as surprising as this one is. How many cemeteries have a fast food restaurant right next time them and an auto garage on the other side of the plot of land. One could also see this photo as one hell of a subliminal message!

This cemetery does have quite a history in the city of Cottage Grove, including a celebrity that invented something you are probably familiar with. Come back tomorrow and I'll give full details then, it will be worth it. In the mean time, visit the other cities participating in the October Daily Photo theme day, the links are below this photo. See you tomorrow!

St. Louis (MO), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Mainz, Germany - Hyde, UK - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Toulouse, France - Arradon, France - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Joplin (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Seattle (WA), USA - Baziège, France - Baltimore (MD), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Anderson (SC), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Nashville (TN), USA - Tenerife, Spain - Manila, Philippines - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Jacksonville (FL), USA - River Falls (WI), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - Lubbock (TX), USA - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Moscow, Russia - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Minneapolis (MN), USA - New Orleans (LA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - London, England - Paderborn, Germany - The Hague, Netherlands - Selma (AL), USA - Sunderland, UK - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Stavanger, Norway - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Forks (WA), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Boston (MA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Wellington, New Zealand - Montpellier, France - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Evry, France - Saarbrücken, Germany - New York City (NY), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - North Bay (ON), Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Cypress (TX), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Paris, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Prague, Czech Republic - Zurich, Switzerland - Budapest, Hungary - Paris, France - Saigon, Vietnam - Grenoble, France - Zurich, Switzerland - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Toronto (ON), Canada

43 comments:

Kate said...

I find this shot rather humorous--the Golden Arches are everywhere!!

Felicia said...

You are right this is surprising, but not so unusual for America and that fast food chain. Actually the cemetery that I showed is now a park and the gravestones have been moved around...but not the bodies.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I don't know what to say...

Michelle said...

Fantastic juxtaposition!

If that doesn't put one off fast food then nothing will!

Anyone for a big mac?

Lavenderlady said...

This is so funny...I bet you were waiting for this theme. perfect catch. YOu could send this in to leno or Letterman.

Hyde DP said...

at least the macdonalds is drive thru though personal i wouldn't stop on the way

Kerry-Anne said...

And that's why I don't eat McDonald's... :) Well done, brilliant photo.

Keropok Man said...

The dead can call for McDonalds delivery too? hehe... They are open 24 hours in Singapore! haha...

Sally said...

Makes me think of the movie Soylent Green, or maybe Sweeny Todd....

Sydney Daily Photo

Olivier said...

alors là, bravo pour cette photo. j'espère au moins que le cimetière n'est pas sponsorisé par McDo.
Qu'elle idée funeste et stupide de mettre ce panneau à cet endroit


then there, cheer for this photograph. I hope at least that the cemetery is not sponsored by McDo.
That it disastrous and stupid idea to put this panel at this place

Jilly said...

Too right, most unusual. I wonder if the dead mind sharing their space with McDonald's. I would!

R&R in The Netherlands said...

So ironic...great shot!

~tanty~ said...

Hehehe .. only in Cottage Grove :)
Happy DP Theme!

alice said...

I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

BundaWAH said...

If its my husband who give comment, he will say : "huh, those yellow arches everywhere spoiled the view"

Marie said...

That is really a great photo. I hope you won't mind if I put it on my French blog (and mentioning the link to your blog, of course).

http://www.marieweblog.com

NorthBayPhoto said...

Very interesting photo! McDonald's is everywhere!

Rambling Round said...

Very appropriate! McDonalds is all over, and everybody's gonna die one day.

Carlos Lorenzo said...

I like the choice of placing the McDonalds sign in between the tumbstones.

Neva said...

I LOVE this view. There is a cemetery in the town next to mine that has a similar venue but not quite as fun. I will post that some day.

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Ah, to have the heavenly Golden Arches overseeing one's final rest. :)

jelvistar said...

Maybe McDonald's would like a copy of your photo! Too funny.

Port Angeles Daily Photo

Denton said...

Convent for the decedents and for the funeral industry who will get the extra business from all of us who over eat.

isabella said...

I find the Golden Arches well placed here - we all have to go through Purgatory to get to our final resting place ;-)

iBlowfish said...

This is very unusual view for cemetery, interesting shot!

Lessie said...

Great perspective! Love the way you placed the sign right between the tombstones. You're correct -- quite suggestive!

PaB said...

Wow ! Great shot.
Happy theme day !

Scott said...

Outstanding photo, and a mystery! Can't get more creative for a theme day!
I know there are other companies in and around the twin cities, but I'm guessing it's someone connected to 3M. Can't wait for tomorrow!

Lynette said...

I cannot wait for tomorrow to find out the rest of the story. Great photo!

michelle said...

Great photo, I love the juxtaposition of the Golden Arches and the headstones. There's a lesson there somewhere... ;)

bwide said...

You commented on the similarity in stones between mine (River Falls) and yours. No doubt! I was thinking the same thing when I was out there.

I love that McDonald's cemetery. I must have sat in that drive-thru a dozen times wondering how it came to be located right there. You have some nice history (eventhough you don't have a downtown).

Cowbark said...

That's awesome in such a wrong, wrong way.

Randy said...

Don't know that I would order a hamburger from this location. Great photo.

Chris said...

I agree with Fenix. . . .I don't know what to say. . .This is both hilarious and weird. . . .

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I love your sense of humor!!

You funny fella!!

Halcyon said...

Ha! The irony is killing me, or someone else...

Poly said...

Dead men esta hamburgers too.
Funny photo

travelphilippines said...

wow oh wow probably the best theme day photo so far.

slinger said...

Thank you all for the great positive feedback on the photo. If you only knew how long I've wanted to post this photo and decided to wait until the right moment.

Mandy said...

brilliant juxtaposition!

Joy said...

As you found out, Norwich has a churchyard next to a mall and very close to it are fastfood places!

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo.


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Michelle said...

I've submitted your photo link to http://www.boingboing.net as it's so good.

MOEVIEW said...

#2 please. With a coke.