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