Cemeteries may seem dismal places; it’s true of course that sad events take place there. However, visits on less traumatic occasions may divulge interesting facts. Many cemeteries are beautiful.
Most of us are familiar with Charles Darwin, but how many know much about Alfred Russel Wallace? Wallace was the joint author with Darwin of a paper on the theory of natural selection. He never achieved the fame which Darwin earned, but without his encouragement when he discovered the same facts as Darwin, the book on the subject may never have been published.
Wallace’s grave lies in Broadstone Cemetery in Dorset. It’s easy to find as it has a 7 foot fossilised tree from Portland on top of the grave.
Wallace was born in Usk, Monmouth in Wales, but lived in Broadstone from 1902 until his death in 1913. He was actually a renowned British Naturalist, and has a hypothetical boundary between Oriental and Australian zoogeographical regions named after him – Wallace’s Line.
Broadstone Cemetery is an attractive resting place; trees are interesting to me and the shapes and bark on some of them is wonderful.
On the subject of my blog, I’m deleting the ‘links’ page, as it is not what I want. I don’t think many viewers will miss it!