Saturday, July 23, 2011

Images and Words Week 116: Unknown

Greetings from Amy and welcome to week 116 of Images and Words!  My duties this week sneaked up on me, cuz I'm having such a busy summer.  I didn't know what to do for a theme?  Then I remembered this photo that I took at the Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery and thought, "Unknown would be a good theme!"  If you can't think of anything for unknown then consider this to be an open theme, but while looking for a quote I found a lot of really great ones and many were very visual too.  Here's mine:

 Forest of the Unknowns with quote

As I said, I took this photo at the Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery, these are grave markers of people whose names have been lost but their graves are still maintained.  This is the Chinese section where Chinese immigrants were burined. Back then, Chinese immigrants were barred from becoming American citizens, after their work was finished they had to go back home to China, unless of course they died here.  Ancestors are very important in Chinese culture, so a wealthy Chinese citizen who was a former resident of Idaho City paid to have the remains of the men repatriated to their home villages in China. It's highly likely no remains are still in the graves and if there are any remains then they belong only to women.  Still, the people of Idaho City maintain all of the graves to honor the memories of all the Chinese immigrants who contributed to the city's history--men and women, remains or not.

I hope you will enjoy this theme.  Again, I found a lot of really good quotes about the "unknown", but if you can't find any then please just consider this to be an open theme.
The Rules:

Each week we will post an original photo with words on it. 

The idea behind this group is to expand our minds through our photography.

Photos must be your own, but the words can be someone else's as long as credit is given after the words. 

Your post can either be serious, or if you'd like comical, but never obscene .

Posts can either have one word on them,quotes, or full poems ... Your choice.

All posts are to be done on your own site in a blog form with a link back to it being left here. 

New topics will be posted on Sundays.Posts can be made through Saturday.

One post per person only please.


  1. A very interesting and fitting theme and photo Amy, especially in view of recent happenings in the world...

    I'll see what I can come up with....

  2. Kewl one kewl topic ...ain't quite like a poetic prose but close enough fer midnight:) thanks :)
    heres my UNKNOWN REPLY:)

  3. Intriguing theme and melancholy but beautiful image. Very fitting words.

    Here is mine:

  4. A great theme, Amy! Nice photo! Thanks for sharing a bit of the Chinese cult of the dead..

  5. good morning Amy....I saw Boise had 101’s getting ready to cool off here finally

    I do love the graveyards and this one really carries some history........

  6. Fascinating History Amy to get the ball rolling this week with your chosen theme.
    You found a really unique photo to share here too.
    Images and Words Week 116: Unknown

  7. Hi Amy, great idea for the theme. It was rather difficult, so I used the reverse to what I usually so. I chose the quote first, then searched my archive for a photo to match it.

  8. Awesome Amy .... Great shot and perfect quote.


    a theme that should generate many different angles....good job, Amy

    Images & Words #116 "The Unknown"

  10. Mitch and I have echoed each other this week .... for me it was the picture first!! ..... so I guess that makes the creation different?? .... ~grin~

  11. Goodness, I don't know how to express my thoughts about this Photo.
    But it provoked a lot of deep thinking of part of your History and the people that contributed.

    I found this week's theme a challenge.

  12. I totally agree with Dave, this was a challenging theme, really so simple, but, very thought provoking.
    I like a challenge.
    Thanks Amy~!!
    Your photo does have a lot of unknown and questions that could be asked, but, probably will always be "unknown".

  13. apologies for lateness of entry, but I can see I was not the only person who found this one extremely challenging. Amy really made my brain cells work, untill all of a sudden: "bling" - "let there be light"

  14. I could have gone in a lot of different ways on this one. LOL but this is the unknown I came up with. Great theme.

  15. Sorry for my late entry... Have had lack of internet available... But here it is: