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Reclamation

On the feeder roads of Houston's freeways there are many abandoned lots with crumbling structures slowly being reclaimed by nature. I like these places because the lack of maintenance almost always translates into photo opportunities. This shot involved crawling around on a pile of rubble to get a decent angle. It was so much fun that I now have ten of these cluttering up the archive.

Reclamation

On the feeder roads of Houston's freeways there are many abandoned lots with crumbling structures slowly being reclaimed by nature. I like these places because the lack of maintenance almost always translates into photo opportunities. This shot involved crawling around on a pile of rubble to get a decent angle. It was so much fun that I now have ten of these cluttering up the archive.

comments (20)

Very striking! I love the contrast of the red and green.
That's a lovely splash of color, especially knowing the location.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Sep 2007, 01:26
Nice title. And an emphatic statement by the vine in the image.
I like this a lot.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 27 Sep 2007, 02:10
With thorns like that, Martin, those creepers can reclaim just about anything! Nature wins! I love the DOF.
I can only echo the previous comments. I love abandoned lots, too! Feh on urban renewal! smile
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 27 Sep 2007, 03:46
We're on the same page, Martin. You can't drag me away from a rusting metal/rotting wood. I'll be lurking with my camera for hours around those things.
Could you share with us again how to "get a decent angel"? Never knew they hover around piles of rubble. smile
Martin: Can you tell that I watched 'Hot Fuzz' yesterday grin Fixed the typo. Thanks for pointing it out and for the visit!
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 27 Sep 2007, 05:59
Thats one lovely and colourful weed.
I can see why... oh yes the texture of the ageing timber and the contrasting spiky red stalk and sharply focused green leaf. Excellent
  • Roland
  • France
  • 27 Sep 2007, 06:45
Simple, divested... I like it Martin
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 27 Sep 2007, 08:08
You do not want to be touching that ... Beautiful shot !!!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Sep 2007, 08:31
A lot of colours, lines and textures in your recent shots. And all are great pictures as again here with the composition.

Just proving you are not just a B&W person? I take the point (pun intended).
Martin: Thanks, Louis! I guess I just felt like a bit of color after all those gloomy b/w shots recently smile
  • olivier
  • France
  • 27 Sep 2007, 12:10
Very nice details and render...
great shot man. isnt nature amazing? look that red and green right next to each other.
  • miu*
  • USA
  • 27 Sep 2007, 13:16
Love colors!
Is this a rose twig?
Looks painful...if I touch it!smile
Martin: Thank you, Miu*! I am not sure what it is. It may be some type of wild rose. Maybe someone else on here can identify it. It is definitely prickly to touch. I tried that smile
Beautiful - just beautiful... I can't get enough of this striking RED branch with the complementing leaf.

Oh btw you caught me - that was sorta a more studio set up photo wink
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Sep 2007, 17:15
Great shot Martin - the red and green, of course, but also the DOF. The eye really focuses on that main leaf.
Ingrid
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Sep 2007, 17:42
Hi Martin great colours - nature certainly knows how to warn you!
Great artistic picture !
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 28 Sep 2007, 00:43
Way to have fun, Martin. I just love it when that happens. This leaf and branch are lovely, and I love your DoF.
Great shot - well composed and nice colours.

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