San Francisco National Cemetery

Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California

Fog of War


Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California

San Francisco National Cemetery


Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California



Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California

Standing Watch


Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California

One of Many


Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California

Row On Row


Cemetery, War, Photography, San Francisco, Gravestones, Remembrance, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, California



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  1. Is this over at Presidio?

  2. There is nothing like standing in a National Cemetery… while it is such an honor to be among so many brave ones, it is mindboggling how massive the losses are. At our old town, there was one and I went there a few times. My camera lens was never large enough to capture all the stones. Your pictures are such a loving tribute to many. I especially love Row on Row.

  3. beautiful tribute….love the flowing feeling of the stones…great detail!!

  4. So powerful Jane, and a wonderful tribute. Lest we forget.

  5. With only two cemeteries in SF this one makes a big statement, and your photos really capture the profoundness, Jane. Lovely subtitles and truly excellent photos, Jane.

  6. A nice tribute Jane…a little depressing for me, having been at Arlington with my group of Marine Moms for the funeral after one of us lost a son, eight years ago. Fog indeed.

    • Oh, how sad Lynn. I’m sorry. Photographed and posted with a heavy heart. Such sacrifice and loss magnified in these cemeteries and it is with mixed emotions that I find them poignantly photogenic.

  7. Absolutely Rich and Beautiful and Silent and Orderly – Unlike the wars that claimed them. And as always, your captions are great Jane!

  8. What’s the significance of a single date on a tombstone like the one for William S. Openshaw?

  9. Beautifully captured, Jane. Sometimes simplicity evokes the strongest reaction. Simple and elegant and powerful.

  10. One of far too many, but your images speak louder than words.

  11. Back in 1997 I worked on a remodel of the original Letterman Hospital. I used to leave the house at the same time as I did when I worked downtown. I didn’t expect to be there more than a few months and didn’t want to spoil myself with the short commute from Marin. I spent the time before work exploring the cemetery and taking in the sunrise over the city skyline. Many is the time that I stopped in my tracks when I wandered into a part of the cemetery where a majority of the headstones had the same date of death. Wars, shipwrecks and training fatalities bring us into the reality of military life and sacrifice.

    Your photos are excellent today, Jane. The fog adds a tear to the eye.

    • Thank you for sharing this lovely remembrance, Allan. Those early mornings in the Presidio were magical, I’m sure, mixed with the sadness of the sacrifices made.
      Pleased these images brought back memories and that you enjoyed my take on this sadly beautiful place. Thanks so much.

  12. Beautifully done, Jane. It seems we were on the same wavelength around Memorial Day (

    We’re down in SoCal, three more weeks on our horse show travels. It’s been a nice start to the day, no “June Gloom” for a change. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. That’s quite powerful isn’t it.

  14. When I travel, I always visit the cemetery where I live. Your pictures are great! They express the mood perfectly!

  15. Beautiful images, Jane. Fog of War really gets to me – I can see why you’ve presented it first – and I love the lighting and almost surreal simplicity of Rising.

    I would so much like to be positive here but, to me, looking back at thousands of years of human history, I think that the sad fact is that war is a part of our nature. And while you and I are so fortunate in living in countries where (relative) peace currently prevails, there is often only disquiet to be had from observing the posturings of politicians, nations and others as they attempt to interact with each other. A

  16. A poignantly beautiful post….to remember and honor

  17. Nicely done Jane, and most appropriate. Amazing some of the stories of the survivors. Did you ever get to see They Shall Not Grow Old?

  18. makes death artistically
    intriguing ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. A fantastic post Jane. What a chilling reminder of both good and bad. Hopefully never to be seen again.

  20. Always touching and impressive to see all of these aligned tombstones…very nicely captured. (Suzanne)

  21. Fantastic pictures of the place. You have good eyes for those shots with different perspective. Love your rendering choices too.

    • Thanks so much, YC. Much appreciated. I do love the repeating patterns in cemeteries…quite challenging. Glad you like the post-processing, too- did a bit more with them than usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Excellent photos. Though places like that are rather sad.

  23. I’ve just come back from holiday in France and your images remind me of Normandy. Really quite shocking how many memorial stones over there and worldwide.

    • Hi Martin, It’s shocking and sad the lives that were lost. I am drawn to this cemetery in SF because it is quite beautiful in its somber way. Thanks for stopping by here and I’ll be sure to check out your images from France.

  24. Jane, what a beautiful, touching tribute to those who have served – anywhere, anytime.

  25. Beautiful and poignant image tribute Jane. When I see images like this I can’t help but think of the John Lennon billboard campaign many hears ago that stated “War Is Over If You Want It”.

  26. An excellent set of images to illustrate the futility of war… Rising is perhaps the one with the most impact

  27. The composition of these photos is so good. We never seem to learn as people; we don’t need any more places like this. Peace is better. Thanks for sharing these great shots.

  28. Such poignant places to visit and photograph..we know but have we learned the lesson?

    • I often walk through and photograph this place– there’s a reverence and somber feeling coupled with an intricate beauty with the hills, trees and gravestones-it’s sad. I am not sure we have learned the lesson.

  29. Fine set; rhythm and angels.. I prefer the B&W’s; they focus more on the forms.

    • Thank you, Harrie. This particular cemetery is quite hilly (of course, it’s SF) and that makes from some interesting compositions. I am partial to the B&W’s too, that adds to the somber tone. Glad you enjoyed.

  30. Sometimes words are not enough and images can say so much more. Excellent images all, Jane. Rising is especially powerful.

    • Thanks so much, Steve. I agree, the images will tell the story, and this is a sad one. I’m glad you enjoyed them, especially Rising–a favorite. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

  31. Great pictures, even if the place is rather sad.

  32. Very nice images, Jane. Some what like trees, tombstones are very challenging to photograph.

  33. A beautiful memorial. You have done these people proud.

  34. Yep. Looks exactly like Cabrillo National Monument in Pt. Loma. I have no idea what to say….

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