Friday, April 11, 2008

Stained Glass

Stained glass window in the Renwick Chapel,
Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Last week, while Bee was hanging out with her cousins, I toodled over to Georgetown to visit a cemetery I could only see from Rock Creek Parkway and have wanted to explore for more than a year now. I finally found my way into Oak Hill Cemetery and wandered its narrow lanes for the better part of an hour or so. I didn't see or photograph all I wanted to, so I plan to go back. But I did step into the Renwick Chapel to snap this picture of the chapel's largest stained glass window.

Among the notables buried in Oak Hill: Katherine Graham, one of Washington's most loved and respected women. Graham took over the reins of the Washington Post after the death of her husband, Philip, in the 1960s and led the paper to greatness. She oversaw Woodward and Bernstein as they broke the story that would lead to the resignation of Richard Nixon. She and her husband are buried in the small garden of the Renwick Chapel beneath a humble gravestone that says simply "Graham." Classy to the end!

Happy (Photo) Friday.

P.S. I misspoke earlier this week in my post on things that make me peckish... err... peevish. Microsoft Vista is an operating system. It's not too bad. What had my goat is Microsoft Office Suite 2007. That software upgrade is an absolute nightmare. It's so bad that later today, my brother is coming over and removing it from Bee's PC and installing Office 2003. Sorry for the confusion!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential


Lucy said...

You're a good person to back pedal but I still don't like Microsoft Vista. :(

Jess said...

Cemeteries are incredibly photogenic. I'm still mad that when I went to Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, I was without my camera.

Cele said...

Love the glass, what is it about stained glass? Beautiful, even the fake ones. I saw a tour once in England that was for "Church Glass" I didn't take it but I thought it would be kewl.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Lucy: Well, given that I got peckish and peevish wrong, I figured I should come clean about Vista.

Jess: I never thought I'd be a cemetery wanderer, but ever since I went to Rock Creek Cemetery last summer and took a few photos, I've gravitated to them. They're just so rich with material to photograph. And I know what you mean about wishing you'd had your camera in Paris. When I lived in Austria, I started carrying my camera everywhere daily after visiting the big Friedhof in Vienna and not having my camera with me.

Cele: I love stained glass, too! I'll bet that tour would have been way kewl! I especially like the windows in cathedrals and churches that tell a story or commemorate someone!

Gunfighter said...

Hiya JMT!

We need to get together soon... it's been too long.


j.m. tewkesbury said...

Gunny! Hello, friend. Yes, it has been WAY too long. I'll email you and we'll find a date to get together.

Anonymous said...

This post was a triple home run for me: stained glass, Katherine Graham and cemeteries all!

Have you read Graham's autobiography? You should. Damn good read.

- Phoebe

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Phoebe: Excellent! I never thought I'd find cemeteries so fascinating, but alas. I'm going back to this one to tramp around some more one day. Wanna come along?

I had a copy of Graham's bio, but I think someone borrowed it and never bothered to return it, so I'm going to have to get a new copy and actually read it. Sad that I haven't.

Liz said...

I love walking in cemeteries. They're so peaceful.