89 thoughts on “The Morning After

    • Thanks, Susan. I was shocked at the number of graves with only stones piled on them, and not other markers. That was the first time I had ventured into that cementary.

      • It’s the San Carlos Cemetery on Alameda just east of the flood control channel. The entrance to the cemetery is on the east side of a large open area CNM uses for training students to drive semi-trucks with trailers. I have done many photos of the cemetery through the fence, but, as I mentioned, that was the first time I walked into the cemetery.

    • Hi Liz. The NM Tombstone Project webpage: https://nmttp.com/Bernalillo/sancarlos.html shows there are 782 burials. If you sort by date of death, 1900 is the oldest. The site mentions a church, but if there was a San Carlos Church, it’s long gone. The Balloon Fiesta Park has all the land to the south and east of the cemetery for RV parking during the Balloon Fiesta. The nearest church is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary about a mile west at 4th and Alameda.

  1. Wow!
    Kind of sad that some do not have markers.
    We came across an old mining town cemetery in the middle of the desert… just rocks in rows. It just makes me wonder.

      • we have an old cemetery here in the centre of Dundee called the Howff, surrounded by office blocks and buses thundering to a stop. It’s so crowded by old gravestones I honestly feels when you step in there that the dead are crowding you in the deafening silence, which is why I don’t take visitors there but I go myself.

      • We came across a small cemetery like that in Paris. The grave stones were practically on top of one another. There was little room to walk.

      • Yeah. it’s a really old place and the silence despite the fact it is on a busy road is deafening. I saw they found graves there recently that predate when they first believed it was a cemetery.

      • That’s old. The oldest cemeteries out here will go back to the end of the 16th Century when the Spanish came into New Mexico. There are older Indian barial sites, but there was no tradition for the Native Americans to have cemeteries before the Spanish.

  2. Gosh darn it, but this got the tears going again. How shocking, how sad! Oh how cruel and evil this world is! What happened here? Why all these unmarked graves? Beautiful picture, Tim, that shows the depravity of mankind yet there is hope in that sunrise (or sunset?). Thank you for this emotional share.

    • You are welcome, Amy Rose. It’s at sunrise. I was very surprised and to see the unmarked graves simply covered with piles of stones. It could be those are some of oldest graves it the cemetery. The markers lost long ago and no one left to remark them.

  3. It’s a poignant reflection in itself, Tim. Dawn and dusk provide such awesome lighting, but you captured the pathos here well. Did you know the Apache bury their dead with stones like this?

    • Yes I did. We are working on a master plan for a chapter on the Navajo Nation. One of the issues is burial sites. They don’t have a cemetery, and people bury their dead in their backyards. However, they live on leased land, and the burials are real problems for modernizing the area. Thanks, Mary Jo.,

    • Thanks, Lavinia. It is haunting. We had a dusting of snow this morning. It’s cloudy, cold and windy.

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