I don’t research my family history but I do enjoy visiting pioneer cemeteries. Normally I like living people appearing as ghostly creatures in my long exposure pinhole images but one day last week I visited Lone Fir Cemetery in SE Portland with my friend Doris hoping I might reveal some real ghosts with my pinhole camera. No luck.
Lone Fir welcomed its first resident in 1846. It got its name from a lone fir standing at the NW corner of the cemetery. There are over 25,000 people buried here. Recently unmarked graves were found in one corner. It turns out that patients from a nearby asylum were buried here. They also discovered bodies of some Chinese immigrants. A memorial to these people is now being built in the SE corner.
The cemetery is also an arboretum with over 700 trees of 67 species.
After making some pinhole images we walked over to SE Belmont for a little, very delicious lunch at Bare Bones Cafe. Kind of a creepy name considering where we just were.
(all photos were taken with a Zero Image and Reality So Subtle pinhole cameras with Kodak Ektar film)