Common images in dark graveyard scenes include gravestones, trees, iron fences, grave decorations and urns. Images of graveyards in popular culture may also depict tombs, mausoleums, skeletons, crows and gravediggers. Old gravestone iconography includes urns, skulls, winged angelic faces, weeping willow trees and hands pointing toward heaven.
Images of dark graveyards from Shutterstock feature foggy scenes of broken gravestones with twisted trees looming behind them. In some pictures, weeds grow up around the stones. One image features a setting sun behind several tombs surrounded by wrought-iron fences. To create a spooky effect, artists also sometimes portray graveyards under the light of a full moon. Zombies, castles and ghostly figures may also appear in dark graveyard pictures.
Images commonly found on old gravestones in the United States include memento mori such as urns, which are classical symbols that indicate the immortality of the soul. The urn grew in popularity as a neoclassical gravestone monument during the Greek Revival, which began in the late 1700s in America. Winged skulls or cherub heads indicate the ascension of the soul to heaven; skulls and bones are also reminders of the mortality of the human body. A weeping willow carved on a gravestone represents grief and mourning.
Other common graveyard images include the Greek letters alpha and omega, which represent God as the beginning and end of all things. Military tombs may have inscriptions with symbols that herald military service, including a sunburst with a star and cross or images of cannons, artillery and rifles. Graves of Masons and other society members may include carvings of Masonic symbols such as a beehive or clasped hands.