You don't think of cemeteries as beautiful places but in the heart of Chicago lies some of the most prime real estate and home to many of the most influential people of Chicago's past. This amazing and peaceful place is Graceland Cemetery located on Chicago's near north side. 2 weeks ago I headed over there to walk the grounds and to snap a few photos if the many mousoleumims and the rolling grounds. The plus side about the fall is that the leaves look are amazing colors and the sun rises later so you don't have to wake up at 5 am to catch dawn. Graceland Cemetery opens early but not too early so this is a great time of year to go. We got there as the sun was coming up so the light was perfect for this crisp fall day.
We were greeted by the security guard who informed us that tripods are strictly prohibited. Oh well, not a great start but a great day to be out none the less.
We headed right are the first fork in the road along the south end of the property. Not more than 5 minutes in to our walk we ran into this bright orange tree that must have been 100 years old. It was huge and still had almost all of its leaves. The leaves were burnt orange and the sun was shinning perfectly through the tree. We stopped for a few minutes almost in amazement alone.
Not far from the first tree was a small hill with another large tombstone. Another tree had deposited its red leaves all over the hill next to the tombstone. I couldn't resist shooting the grave from below looking up at it. This gave the tombstone a grandness to it. The picture probably won't make the cut for anyone buying Chicago condo art but the colors and the scene make a great Halloween photo.
We kept walking around the south portion of the property and passed the tombs of Carter Harrison (ex mayor of Chicago) and Daniel Burnham (formed the Chicago plan and famous architect). We stumbled upon a lake near the end of the property. Between the calmness of the lake and the color of the trees it was a sight to be seen.
After we left the lake we circled back through the other half of the property on our way back to our car. Like I said before you probably won't get any condo art out of a place like Graceland Cemetery but the scenery and peacefulness are amazing.