Monday, June 18, 2012

Taphophile Tragics #26


The National Cemetery at Santa Nella, CA is the resting place of my parents.  Santa Nella is a small truck stop by-pass on the road north or south on Interstate 5.  It is the exit/entrance point for Hwy 152 leading to the coast or into the Central Valley.  Its golden hills change to green or delicate pastels of wildflowers depending on the season.  And, there is always the wind.  Nestled against the foothills that separate the coastal range from the valley floor, it is a natural passageway for the wind.

I love Santa Nella for its unique quiet; its invitation to sit and be still; the sheer history of warriors at rest. My dad was a veteran of Pearl Harbor.  My mother served two years in the WACs.  They both lay there together, not only two people who served God and country but two people who shared a life together.

9 comments:

Felisol said...

Lovely place. I like to visit cemeteries. There's a peace there
one rarely find elsewhere.
I especially like to visit the graveyard where my father and his parents are buried.
So many wonderful memories.

Julie said...

That is a very beautiful photograph, Annie. The brown of the hill and the mown green of the oval. I also love the shapes of the various trees. However, being in a wind canyon is not a good place.

It must be therapeutic to visit your parents at such a quiet place. Not so sure about the electricity pylons on the LH side, though.

Thank you for your contribution to Taphophile Tragics this week, Annie.

Ann said...

It does look like a very peaceful place.

biebkriebels said...

The surroundings are beautiful with the mountains behind, a nice resting place.

Nicola Carpenter said...

What a beautiful peaceful place.

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Dina said...

That's a fine description of a special place for your special people.

Deb said...

There is a peaceful symmetry to your picture. Glad your parents are somewhere you find the space to reflect on their lives.

Jeanie said...

How beautiful. I love visiting the cemetery where my parents are. You are right about two people who loved each other resting together.

CaT said...

it does look pretty! im curious how the hills look during other seasons...