Photo Friday: Graveyard Fields

Graveyard Fields

[Graveyard Fields, Nikon D40. October, 2009. full-size]

How could a place as vibrantly beautiful as Graveyard Fields have such a dreadful name? The photo of the sign below reveals the mystery. This is one of my all-time favorite spots for a hike: plenty to see including a clear stream and waterfall. You can find Graveyard Fields near East Fork, North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you ever visit, you can add your mark here.

How Graveyard Fields got its name

Rock Graffiti

Stacked Rocks

[shot with Nikon D40 near Graveyard Fields, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC, October, 2010.]

Ever seen something like this? Chances are you have if you’ve ever hiked anywhere near water and rocks.

Stacking rocks must be like spraying graffiti or carving your initials into a tree. It’s a way to say, “I was here.” In the ancient Near East, people often stacked rocks to mark an event: a burial, a battle, a milestone. We have examples of this in the Old Testament, like when Israel marked their entry into the promised land in Joshua 4.

You might enjoy reading this post in which I use the analogy of following trail markers to ask, Is it easy or hard to follow Jesus?

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