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A cherub (Hebrew כרוב) is a supernatural creature from the Old Testament. They are often depicted as angels who look like children with wings.

This one overlooks a grave at the Home of Peace Jewish Cemetery in Santa Cruz, established in 1876 by the local Hebrew Benevolent Society. The first Jewish settlers in Santa Cruz migrated from Russian-occupied Poland shortly after the height of the California Gold Rush of 1849.

The cemetery is not widely known locally, and is hidden off of a side street not far from UCSC. A few years ago, vandals destroyed many of the historic headstones.

This is my Photo Friday for 12/16/05: "Depth of Field"

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  1. Sidereal 114 months ago | reply

    ooh! Nice contrast and DoF.

  2. musicmuse_ca 114 months ago | reply

    Why thanks Jack! That is high praise coming from you and I appreciate it. :)

  3. meninosdosolhos [deleted] 114 months ago | reply

    A delicate image, a pretty and sad history...

  4. musicmuse_ca 114 months ago | reply

    Yes Artur and thanks!

  5. sudoku 114 months ago | reply

    who says we don't have fall on the west coast?

    sorry to hear about the vandalism.

  6. musicmuse_ca 114 months ago | reply

    @ sudoku:
    Yes, we have all the seasons here: Summer and Fall Fires, Winter Rain and Mudslides, and Earthquakes, heh.

  7. Kristina J. [deleted] 114 months ago | reply

    I like cherubs. ;)

  8. musicmuse_ca 114 months ago | reply

    @Kiki: Me too! What's not to like?

  9. aileene [deleted] 114 months ago | reply


  10. musicmuse_ca 114 months ago | reply

    Thanks Marina! :)

  11. Neshamah Spirit Art 114 months ago | reply

    I wonder if birds stash acorns in the cherub's ankle? :))

  12. musicmuse_ca 114 months ago | reply

    You know I did not think to look! :)

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