Unfortunately, I could show you far too many photos from "forgotten cemeteries," the topic for the latest Graveyard Rabbit Carnival. To be fair, most of the cemeteries I come across can actually more accurately be described as containing forgotten individuals.
This photo shows what the area surrounding a cemetery in my part of the country often looks like. It is more common to find a cemetery that was once on family land or attached to a church rather than a large perpetual care cemetery. Especially if you find yourself traveling in rural areas away from any sizable town. These cemeteries are not always abandoned, though. They are sometimes still in use. It's just that not every burial site within the cemetery is visited or taken care of.
This is New Bethel Cemetery. It is located near Emerich in Dooly County, Georgia. Until yesterday, I had never heard of Emerich. It is on the map, however. Many parts of this cemetery are quite overgrown. There are many graves, however, that are obviously well tended. Those gravestones are freshly painted (a practice I wish people would stop doing, as it damages the stone and makes the inscription illegible when the paint begins to fade, dry up, and chip) and have freshly placed floral offerings.
The photo above shows the differences within the cemetery. The graves in the foreground are somewhat overgrown (and this is winter, imagine how it will look in the summer), yet there is a grave in the background that has pink flowers making a border around the entire burial site. You may wish to click on the picture to see it full size.
These are the graves of Minnie L. Allen (1916-1945) and Sam Adkinson (1884-1958). If I were to return in the summer, I bet I would not see the headstones at all.
When I first pulled into the cemetery, I thought it was completely fenced in, as I entered through a gate. There is someone living next door, and I heard their dogs barking when I got out of my car. I did not think twice because I thought I was inside a fence. Not true, though! The fence did not even go half way around the cemetery. I noticed this when these two darlings came running up to me wanting to play. Thankfully, they were nice pups. It appears they are the only caretakers for this cemetery as a whole. They are probably doing the best they can, but need some help.