Broken – Rusty Old Gate

I love broken things. I think I missed my vocation in life, I should have set up a junk yard. I can see potential uses for most things and always enjoyed the challenge of repairing something.

This old rusty gate has seen better days. It gave up the ghost of its past life a number of years ago but has been given another role – of keeping the sheep out!

I love the contrast of the rusty metal against the old stone wall with the patches of lichens to brighten it up, all set in a sea of green.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”

INTRICATE – Ancient Harbour Wall- Portsoy, Scotland

I simply love the complex and intricate design of this ancient harbour pier. In its days of construction (c 1600s) it must have been no mean feat to provide an effective breakwater and quay; one that could stand the test of time and the rigours of the harsh North Sea waves driven landward by severe gales in excess of storm force 9 that throughout the winter months would be a regular occurrence.

With such a need for functionality it amazes me how beautifully artistic it is. The illusion of smoothness of its form begs to be touched. The deep yellow of the lichens adding to the effect and giving the impression that the sun may be shining.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”