Around the Neighborhood – Around Scarborough Station – The Boorman Plot

I’ve walked past, in and around the Sparta cemetery, one of the oldest around, dating back to 1764 (12 years before the Revolutionary War), but I’ve never noticed this brightly colored gate leading to a small, enclosed plot at the northwest corner of the cemetery before.

It turns out that the plot was established as a family burial ground by James Boorman, who gave the name of Scarborough to the railroad station near Sparta along the Hudson River Railroad. When Boorman established this plot in the 1860s, it was a separate burial ground from Sparta Cemetery, and remained so until 1927 when the Boorman family deeded the parcel to the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining. In 1939 the Ossining Historical Society assumed responsibility for maintaining the Sparta Cemetery with financial support from the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining. In 1984 the church transferred ownership of the cemetery to the Ossining Historical Society, which in turn transferred ownership of the cemetery to the Town of Ossining in 2014.

I’ve so far been unable any additional information about Mr. Boorman, but the anchor on the gate might suggest that he was associated with something maritime.

Taken with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 and Panasonic Lumix G 20mm (40mm full frame equivalent) F1.7, a newly acquired lens.

Around the Neighborhood – Around Scarborough Station – Ivy

Another weakness of mine: ivy growing up, over and around things – often over crumbling ruins, but in this case a tree. One of the purposes of this walk was to try out my new Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 lens. I bought this lens because the two Micro Four Thirds zoom lenses I have didn’t give me enough subject separation in most cases. Here I was seeing what kind of separation (‘bokeh’ I word I hate) I would get. DPreview describes it as follows:

The F1.7 aperture allows quite a useful degree of control over depth of field and blurring of backgrounds – and the rendition of those backgrounds is very pleasant for a fast ‘normal’ prime too…[closeup], the transition to the out-of-focus regions is handled perfectly smoothly. Distant backgrounds are equally rendered in a fairly neutral fashion.

Taken with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 and Panasonic Lumix G 20mm (40mm full frame equivalent) F1.7, a newly acquired lens.