Industrial Abstract

wildflowers by industrial items
Industrial Abstract

A few hardy wildflowers still hold shriveled, faded leaves and just the seeds left from abundant flowers blooming around industrial debris. The debris itself is most interesting, a huge metal spool alternately rusting in various patterns with a few flecks of turquoise paint left for effect. The contrast of the delicate, brittle flowers washed by the sun and the solid, heavy object held in shadow is perhaps the story of how nature will always try to find a way back when it’s been pushed aside and buried, renewing itself slowly but surely, while manmade things slowly but surely sink into the soil.


    1. Thanks, Katie, that’s what drew me, and honestly I didn’t see all that was in this photo until I downloaded it and looked at it, partly because the sun was so bright I really couldn’t see details. Sometimes things just work out.

    1. Steve, I’m glad you visited–I thought I’d signed up for your blog by hadn’t, so now I’ve “found” you again and signed up.

      I love photographing these hardy native plants that grow between railroad tracks and between a wall and pavement. I always think they’re an improvement. We’ve never invented anything that could totally defeat what’s supposed to be here.

      I too love the remains of plants, both at this time, when the plants are still somewhat fresh, and in spring when they are truly brittle and seemingly lifeless. I leave native plants standing in my garden over winter, and in spring a couple of years ago I made up a gallery called “winte leftovers”. If you check the little menu at the top for “special slideshows” you’ll find a link to it there.

      1. I’m grateful for railroad tracks, fences, walls, etc., because mowers can’t easily destroy plants there. Today I found a wildflower I seldom see, peonia, growing right at the edge of a concrete pathway at a heavily visited viewpoint in Austin; I doubt anyone else noticed it. As for the remains of plants, I have many pictures of them, but I post them sparingly because I think most viewers aren’t as indulgent toward that stage in a plant’s life as I am or your are. I recognized a few of your winter leftovers as goldenrod, a plant I’m fond of photographing when it’s flowering and when it’s fluffy.

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