Upon entering we see very old graves. They look randomly placed and oddly spaced! But most of these graves are sunken in the ground and covered with moss. They appear to be slowly disappearing into the earth so there must be many more graves that we can't see.
Some graves have trees growing right through them,
So beautiful and haunting all at the same time.
Now let's keep walking and we'll see the Fairy Rings. Just a little further, through the trees and into the open grassy area ...
Oh my!! Huge rings made of mushrooms!
I've never seen mushrooms growing like this before, have you? I am immediately struck by the ring formations and the perfectly lined up fungus!
Are you curious too? Yes, I thought you would be so I did some research for you... you're welcome!
Fairy rings made by fungi like Marasmius oreades are called "free" rings. They will continue to grow outward until a barrier is reached. Sometimes the barrier is another fairy ring! Rings can grow into each other's territory and die as each reaches the other's "dead zone."The above is quoted from yahoo, click here to read more from the article
If there are no barriers, free rings can grow outward at up to 8 inches (20 cm) per year. They can reach a diameter of over 30 feet (10 m). One ring formed in France by the fungus Clitocybe geotropa is almost a half mile (600 m) in diameter. This ring is thought to be 700 years old.
After reading the answer on yahoo I realized I actually have taken photos of two fairy rings that have crossed over into each others' territory and are now dying!
The lighter colored one pictured below seems to have a somewhat of a human form to it, don't you think so too?
They have met, they are now in the dead zone and not a one is willing to turn back so now they must also meet their fate!
Ok, I am sorry for the mushrooms crossing over and all but let's continue on now and see the coins!
Every visible grave has coins. Some have a dime or a penny or a nickle or a bunch of each. Some have coins with a rock placed close by...
I've never seen coins left on graves before so I did a little research.
Here's what I found:
For a military grave site each coin means something. A penny means you visited to pay your respects. A nickel means you and the deceased soldier trained together, a dime means you served with him. A quarter means you served with the soldier when he was killed.But for this grave site it has to mean something else since the age of it tells me that nobody alive today is old enough to have served with anyone buried here so I searched on and found this:
The rocks are like leaving flowers but rocks are permanent and don't die like flowers do.. and coins are to remember the deceased, to let others know that that person has not been forgotten about and that people are still visiting them.I love old cemeteries and I think this is such a kind and respectful thing to do so next time I tour a graveyard I'll be sure to bring some change along.
Thanks for touring with me, I hope you enjoyed your visit!