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For Halloween I thought I would show the graveyard of the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, a small town along the Hudson River in upstate NY. This cemetery, which goes back to colonial times (note that the medallion w/ flag marks the grave of a Revolutionary War soldier), is where, according to Washington Irving (1783–1859) in his short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Ichabod Crane met the Headless Horseman one Halloween night [Irving lived just a few miles away in Tarrytown; his house is still there and open to visitors and he is actually buried elsewhere in this cemetery, now known as the Old Dutch Burying Ground]. It doesn’t look so scary during the day, but think about late at night, with the wind howling and the leaves rattling and the stream (at base of trees in photo) rushing past..............

The story can be found here. Why not read it this Halloween night? ..... If you dare ...........

Excerpt: “The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region ... is the apparition of a figure on horseback without a head. It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the revolutionary war; and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind. His haunts ... extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance. Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper, having been buried in the church-yard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head....”

Technical: Cropped and sharpened, some contrast added, and I played with Hue to tone down the very green foliage of summer and make it seem a bit more like autumn, to reflect the mood of Halloween at least a little.

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