The Spaulding Site in the Nez Perce National Historical Park was a big part of my life growing up. We used to go down to the site quite often during the summer to have picnics and spend the day by the river.

So every time we go up north for a gymnastics event, I like to stop by and let my kid soak in the history and I take photos of the beautiful structures and landspace.

This year was very wet so we only stopped at the locations on high ground – the two cemeteries.

The first cemetery is a family cemetery for the Bredell Family, they were a prosperous Nez Perce family living there during the late 19th and early 20th century. The link will take you to the National Park Service Web site about the cemetery.

For the Bredell Family cemetery, I was playing with close-up versus far away. I was also trying to capture the fascinating phenomena of the still-crisp carvings covered by capricious growth of the lichen across those carvings.

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