The nice thing about gravehunting is that you don’t only see graves, you see so many other things too, as well as small wildlife or animals. The one animal that I tend to spot quite often in cemeteries are cats. Realistically they are the perfect environment for a hunter like the cat because of the abundance of rodents and insects that make the local cemetery their home. I always photograph them whenever I see them because they usually park off and keep a beady eye on you, sometimes they disappear into the undergrowth or sometimes they just continue doing what they do best.
These are some of the cats I have seen, and that I can remember seeing. There are others, and I will add to this collection as I find the pics.
This pair I spotted in Arnos Vale in Bristol
This beauty was in Holy Souls Cemetery in Bristol.
While this friendly moggy came to see what I was up to at Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery
and this black and white moggy gave me the gimlet eye in Highgate East Cemetery
This stunning fellow was a bit shy and would not come close. I was fortunate to get the image that I did. I photographed him in St Johns Terrace Cemetery in Chasetown.
This puss I photographed at the old Baptist Chapel burial ground in Tewkesbury.
One of my work colleagues sent me this one from Tewkesbury Cemetery. Thanks Graham.
Of course, it is not only cats that I encounter, but dogs too. Cemeteries make a perfect place to walk your faithful mutt. There was this really stunning dog at Abbey Cemetery in Bath
Then there were these two doggies out on their walkies in Holy Ghost Cemetery in Basingstoke.
and this nice mutt in Brompton
and I saw Fred Bassett in Sarum St Martin in Salisbury. Ok, maybe it was a distant relative of Fred
Oddly enough I have almost no images of cats in South African cemeteries, although do recall seeing this doggie in the New Roodepoort Cemetery
and I have been lucky to see foxes on two separate occasions. The first time in Tower Hamlets
And my next encounter was in West Norwood
and there was a bunny in Belgrave
I have seen deer in 3 separate cemeteries but have never been able to photograph them, and of course squirrels and birds galore. So far though no elephants have been spotted, that is because they are past masters of camouflage. I would hate to have to bump into one hiding in a tree, it could be dangerous.
Cemeteries are really mini ecosystems of their own; they provide shelter for small critters and bring a touch of greenery to the city. And, they are fascinating places to visit.
I rest my case
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