In the Valley of Mourning

Model : Elisa Day

The Mediterranean Cypress has more meaning than just its’ beauty.  Seems interesting that we happened upon this place on such a beautiful day. 

Here’s a text I included from wikipedia on it’s symbolism.

In classical antiquity, the cypress was a symbol of mourning and in the modern era it remains the principal cemetery tree in both the Muslim world and Europe. In the classical tradition, the cypress was associated with death and the underworld because it failed to regenerate when cut back too severely. Athenian households in mourning were garlanded with boughs of cypress. Cypress was used to fumigate the air during cremations It was among the plants that were suitable for making wreaths to adorn statues of Pluto, the classical ruler of the underworld. 

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