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Modern Shore: Images of Decay

April 29, 2012

The Island of Saaremaa, Estonia, 2007

There are places where decay of both natural and man-made materials seems to be concentrated in great variety. The coast of the island of Saaremaa is one such place. I find that decay often makes for beautiful forms; I only wish that I had thought to take more photographs!

The rusted remnants of a ruined ship create abstract shapes on the shore (top, above, and below).

A strew of rotting jellyfish (Aurelia sp.)

Its useful life over, this boat had been gently placed on the wall.

In a quiet bay, a dried mat of seaweed on the shore is accompanied, below sea level, by a rim of repulsive purple sulfur bacteria. The mat is cracked polygonally, and the seaweeds have been compacted and rendered into a dense amorphous material.

A crumbling coastal defence bunker

© Graham Young, 2012

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Peter Lee permalink
    April 30, 2012 4:27 am

    Interesting collection of images Graham!

  2. David Greenwood permalink
    May 1, 2012 7:02 pm

    Great images, as always. And seaweed! More! Ha ha. 🙂

    My favourites were the rusting pieces on the white cobbles with the red algae. And yet more algae with the lichen!

    • Graham permalink*
      May 1, 2012 9:56 pm

      David I will make a mental note of that: be certain to include algae in every blog post!

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