Ross Bay Cemetery
Ross Bay Cemetery is located not far from my home along the waterfront in the Fairfield neighbourhood of Victoria. It is a formally planned Victorian era cemetery/park and is pretty much full now, with only a small number of burials each year in family plots or the few remaining empty ones. Many of British Columbia’s more famous settlers are buried here, and other notable people such as the artist Emily Carr. So, if history interests you, it is worth a close look or even taking a guided tour with the Old Cemeteries Society. If you like planned park-like spaces it is worth a broader look, and taking a moment to marvel at the foresight of the designer who considered how trees would grow and age and how the space would take shape over a hundred years or more.
These pictures are from the same time as my earlier post featuring a monkey puzzle tree that spreads over the graves near the centre of the cemetery. Today I show two views of the same marble headstone, “front” and “back” I suppose, though I don’t know which is which.
And, for no particular reason other than I like it, below is a headstone in need of straightening that is also visible in one of the monkey puzzle shots.