Today I am participating in the Dia de los Muertos AKA; Dia de Bloglandia Party. The creators of this magnificent celebration are Susanna and Stephanie. I admit i wasn't even prepared to do this although i am thrilled to have an opportunity to introduce more of the people with whom i have spent so much time these past months. My alter is not of the traditional style but feels no less of an honoring of a life. I captured these images in magnificent natural settings filled with old and gnarled trees, rolling hills and paths that lead from one grave to another like a reception line in a wedding. I stop, often kneel and introduce myself "Hello, my name is Robin and i am so pleased to meet you..." and we go on trying to discover things about one another that we have in common. I read what i can see on each grave marker and imagine as best i can the rich lives of each human being. Children, mothers fathers, friends and lovers are all here to tell their stories. And even though most of these people began as strangers i have come to think of each new grave as a friend and returned to visit many more times.