Cee’s Photo Challenge

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Cee’s Photo Challenge for this week is ‘Weathered Wood’. It so happens that I love weathered wood, so there are a ton of suitable photos in my archives!

The one up at the top was taken not far from here, deep in the fens, at an abandoned farmhouse. It’s detail from one of the old gateposts .. the gate is long gone, but the posts remain. I don’t know what type of wood they were made from, but it certainly has lasting quality!

This next one is driftwood on a river bank near Squamish, Canada.

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There was so much of it that I was spoiled for choice. I wondered if it was the result of logging, but I don’t know .. maybe it’s just that the river floods – and it’s a big river – and just kind of washes out the roots over time. There were certainly roots on display in some places, but these are not quite whole trees.

Another type of driftwood, this time on a beach in Italy. You don’t see so much driftwood in Tuscany, but I’m very fond of this picture. Not only does it remind me of a great holiday, but each time I see it I think ‘Sea Snake’, which amuses me (I’m very easily amused).

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And here’s one of my favourite weathered wood photos – I took it while driving through Molise, in Italy. It’s a fairly poor area, and there is a lot of crumbling architecture and decay, which can result in some spectacularly interesting photography, but I don’t know .. this looks deliberate, doesn’t it?

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Anyway, there we were, merrily driving along, and came across these wonderfully warped doors on an outbuilding in a very, very small community whose name I am afraid I’ve forgotten. Naturally, I made OH stop so I could take pictures. It’s a feature of our holidays; me constantly yelling ‘stop, stop – I want to take a picture’ and him saying ‘I can’t stop here!’ or ‘Oh, alright, but you’ll have to be quick!’ Or if I’m really lucky, we find a proper pull-in and we’re not in a particular hurry, and I can take my time. This was an ‘Oh, alright, but you’ll have to be quick’ moment.

And now for some fun. If I have any choice in the matter, when I’m taking insect pictures, or fallen leaves, or bits and pieces of this and that, I’ll use a natural background: stone, tile, pebbles, sand, or wood. So I’m lucky that this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly happened to land on some outdoor garden furniture which had been outdoors in the garden for quite some time.

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Lastly, a couple of .. I’m not sure what you’d call them. Skeletons of flowers, maybe? They had fallen from the loggia on which was growing a grapevine and a couple of other climbing plants, all intertwined. I’m not sure what they are, but I loved the juxtaposition of nature and finished wood, both in a state of decay.

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8 thoughts on “Cee’s Photo Challenge

  1. liz 29th March 2015 / 1:17 pm

    That last one is so weird!

    Not sure about those doors. They could be authentically old. Or deliberately!

    I do that shouting ‘stop’ thing too. Usually on a bend.

    • Jay 29th March 2015 / 2:32 pm

      I thought at first they were authentic, then I looked at the fairly modern brickwork and thought .. no, they can’t be! But maybe they deliberately used picturesque wood, or re-used some old doors? I can’t decide, either, but I do like them. Not that they’d keep birds and mice etc out.

      Oh, and it’s always on a bend. For maximum effect, you know!

  2. Carol 29th March 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Your sea snake tickles my fancy but the doors on the building in Molise really capture my attention!

    • Jay 29th March 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Those doors are intriguing, are they not? I love them. If it weren’t for wanting to keep animals out of our garage, I’d want some just like them!

  3. Cee Neuner 29th March 2015 / 4:25 pm

    These are fabulous photos for this week’s weathered wood challenge. Thanks for playing.

    • Jay 29th March 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks, Cee! Thanks for hosting it. 🙂

  4. Rob Lenihan 30th March 2015 / 12:19 am

    Nice work, Jay. The last one is particularly intriguing and I really like the sea snake.

    • Jay 30th March 2015 / 8:58 am

      Thanks, Rob!

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