Sunsets and Cemetery Screenings ~ 5 Photos 5 Day Challenge

southern_california_sunsets

There are gorgeous sunsets all over the world, I’m sure, but I’d venture to say we have the most spectacular of them all. 

So amazingly perfect, they seem unreal.

My choice for the final post of the 5 Photos 5 Day Challenge came down between Watching a Movie in a Cemetery and Sunsets.

The first topic — another one I found during book research — refers to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where someone thought it was a good idea to show movies projected against the Mausoleum that houses the crypt of Rudolph Valentino. Scary movies. At night. In a cemetery. And people bring blankets for an evening under the stars.

There is a company called CINESPIA as you’ll see if you click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page that sells tickets for such cemetery screening.  I know, I’m shaking my head too.

 movie in a cemetery

It had to be brought up, you see, but I prefer to focus on our beautiful sunsets.

Sunset on the Beach

Go to any So Cal. beach and you will see the sun drowning in the endless ocean, making for a gorgeous painting of the sky and earth and sea, a mixture of orange and red and warm dreamy colors like purple and indigo. Pure beauty.

 sunset and storytelling

Thanks again to Susan Scott for giving me reason to have so much fun with this challenge. In the second post, I left it open to all my blogging friend — I hope you jump in.  However, today I nominate Dan at No Facilities to carry on, if he so wishes. No pressure, no obligations, and here are the rules:

1) post a photo (photos) each day for 5 consecutive days; 2) attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a paragraph – all entirely up to you; 3) nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation! More importantly, have fun.

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Images courtesy: bestsocalbeaches.com; californiasunset.blogspot.com; travelersphotoblog.blogspot.com; cinespia.com

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14 responses to “Sunsets and Cemetery Screenings ~ 5 Photos 5 Day Challenge

  1. I share a love of sunsets and in interest in cemeteries. I completed this challenge last month – it was hard for me. I am impressed with how well you handled it.

    • Thanks, Dan. Perhaps a result of keeping it short, or just filling the post with photos. :) We have one cemetery here in West L.A. that from afar looks like a vineyard. Some view, and so interesting.

  2. I’m not big on scary movies, but the whole cemetary thing sounds like fun.

  3. Yes, So. Cal. sunsets are gorgeous. You bring back lots of memories of the beach in California. You did a fun and fabulous job with the 5 Day/5 Photo Challenge. Now, take a sigh of relief! ;-)

  4. Hi Silvia – sunsets are glorious and are always so different – they evoke us to stop and think … gorgeous. Cemeteries – not sure I find those so inspiring .. but we’re getingt quite a few new ones here … our Eastbourne one is now relatively mature – being about 25 years old. There’s a new one in Cornwall which is set amongst the granite, gorse and grey-green of the countryside .. before the blue, turquoise, green and white of the sea and sky grab our attention. They’ve used wonderful reddish wood – which graces the building – I was pleased to have seen it – a very sad occasion though. It’s a place I might stop in and visit again … when I get back to the west country.

    Cheers and good luck to Dan for continuing the challenge on .. cheers Hilary

    • Cemeteries — well, maybe some cemeteries, are almost like parks here, Hilary. There is one in West L.A., where people who don’t necessarily have dear ones buried there, go sit on a bench with a book. To each his own, I say. ;) Thank you for reading.

  5. From the upper hills of Montreal’s Mount Royal and close to 750 ft above sea level, a road leads upwards from city streets to the University of Montreal Campus. The bright yellow brick and architecture of the university building is poetry in stone. Looking downwards in the far distance towards the West is a cemetery somehow nestled among many trees. It looks and feels more like landscape art. Your psyche is protected from the stark reality and memories of a cemetery where, right near you, sad people are bringing their departed to be buried, or where people come to remember their dear ones. Looking towards the West in the warm seasons, one enjoys the greenery and the sunsets that bring calmness. When it is time to drive down the curvy roads back to the city you are left with a pleasant memory of the day when you had the time to be away from the hustle-bustle of ordinary life.

    • What wonderful description, Joseph. Sad as it is considering the function of a cemetery, but also reassuring, perhaps, to have that one place where we can still talk to our dearly departed, or perhaps imagine them being closer. Just like memorial services, cemeteries are for the living, a place of reflection over time. Thank you so much for reading and the comment.

  6. What a great challenge, and your photos are stunning. You do win the prize for most gorgeous sunsets. Although, MN can have some great ones, too, especially on the prairie where I grew up.

    Scary movies in a cemetery. Think I’ll skip that tourist attraction!

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