Young Cuban Faces

Central Havana February 2016 - Safe behind her wall.

Central Havana February 2016 – Safe behind her wall.

People throughout Havana were more than willing to have their photos taken or to have photos of their family or children taken. This post is the first in a series of people shots.

Central Havana February 2016 - Dad wasn't so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016 – Dad wasn’t so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms - Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms – Central Havana February 2016

No, mister, don't tell him to look at the camera.

No, mister, don’t tell him to look at the camera.

Somewhat older children next week…

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Last visit to Havana’s Cemetery

Cuba Day 3

It was very restful, spending a half day in the nearly-deserted Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón away from the noise and bustle of Havana and the constant contact with my fellow photographers. We each went our separate ways within the cemetery and I didn’t see any of them again until just before it was time to gather at the front gate.

 

One of the cemetery workers, looking exhausted.

One of the cemetery workers, looking exhausted.

A sense of calm.

A sense of calm.

A resting place.

A resting place.

This is the last in a series of six Thursday posts on this cemetery.

Tributes to the fallen

Of all the grave sites in the Christopher Columbus Cemetery in Havana, the one to Amelia Goyri is the most visited and revered. An article in the Toronto Star explains why.

To Amelia Goyri are attributed many miracles which occurred after her death. Each of these tablets is a tribute of thanks to her.

To Amelia Goyri are attributed many miracles which occurred after her death. Each of these tablets is a tribute of thanks to her.

A colourful memorial.

A colourful memorial.

I believe this to be a communal or family plot, with each small plaque in memory of a different individual.

I believe this to be a communal or family plot, with each small plaque in memory of a different individual.

Unnamed, but numbered.

Unnamed, but numbered.

Two tiny floral tributes.

Two tiny floral tributes.

This is the fifth in a series of six posts about Cementerio de Cristobal Colón.

Flowers in Havana

On the Thursday edition of this blog we are still in Cuba and once again visiting Cemeterio de Cristobal Colón.

There were a few blooming shrubs on the grounds, but not many bouquets such as we often see in graveyards in my part of Canada.

Fuschia flowers soften the hard edges. The chapel in the middle the cemetery can be seen in the background.

Fuschia flowers soften the hard edges. The chapel in the middle the cemetery can be seen in the background.

A touch of pink in a sea of white and grey.

A touch of pink in a sea of white and grey.

Fading blossoms for an Angel.

Fading blossoms for an Angel.

It was hard to tell whether a maintenance person had forgotten to pick up this once-impressive arrangement of flowers, or whether it belonged to the stone behind it.

Fading memories

Fading memories

At last, some recent floral tributes.

On the main road between the entrance gates and the chapel in the middle of the cemetery.

On the main road between the entrance gates and the chapel in the middle of the cemetery.

Rusty details in a Cuban Cemetery

On our third day in Havana, we took a taxi to the Christopher Columbus Cemetery, were given a short tour of the major mausoleums, and turned loose for the morning. Not getting lost was a major challenge.

The predominant colour in Cementerio de Cristobal Colón is white. But doors on crypts, gates and details are made of iron, and that iron has rusted.

Who has the key?

Who has the key?

The Angel Gate.

The Angel Gate.

Selfie with Lyre. I was shooting that day with my Sony R100-III

Selfie with Lyre. I was shooting that day with my Sony R100-III

A touch or orange.

A touch or orange.

This detail, seen on a lot of the newer gravesites, has not rusted but I couldn’t figure out what it was made of.

Cuba Day 3

Cuba Day 3

Iglesia del Carmen

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen on Ave 10 de octobre

Although religion was rather frowned upon in Revolutionary Cuba, adherents to Roman Catholicism and its many churches continue to exist. Some are in better shape than others.  Our Cuban photo tour workshop leader took us to this one – which is on the border between Central Havana and the neighbourhood of Vedado.

One of the side aisles in Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Looking across the nave to one of the side aisles in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

I entered this picture in our local photo show in the Church category. I got an honourable mention…

One of the faithful.

One of the faithful.