People at a Groundhog’s Funeral

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is People.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before remembering photographing Wiarton Willie’s funeral 18 months ago.

Wiarton Willie is a white Groundhog used to forecast the end of winter as a tourist attraction for the South Bruce Peninsula area in the winter. The funeral was for the third or fourth white Groundhog to have the job although some locals claim that there has been more than that with some quietly disposed of.

I thought the idea of a funeral for a Groundhog slightly ridiculous so went along with a camera to take photos for my other photoblog.

The funeral procession being led by bagpipes and drums.

The start of the Wiarton Willie's funeral.

The crowd watching the funeral procession. Notice how many smartphones are recording the event.

Watching Wiarton Willie's funeral procession.

The only TV cameraman to attend the funeral filming one of the crowd who was taking photos.

Photographing the TV cameraman.

The guy in the blue shirt may have been covering the funeral for one of the local newspapers.

Working at the funeral.

Someone in the crowd filming one of the endless speeches by a string of local politicians. The dog was more interested in me.

Filming the politicians.