Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #15 — Rust

Rusty Lamppost

Rusty Hinge

Iron Hook & Ring (Fencing)

Iron Ring (telegraph pole)

This week, I went on a hunt for rusty objects and found literally dozens of interesting bits. Rust is one of those things that’s all around us, but we’re so used to seeing it that our brain files it under “unremarkable”, so we end up un-seeing it: that is, unless the rusted object belongs to us and is on the point of seizing up, or collapsing.

Rust is quite photogenic, although I don’t particularly like the smell of it but, as these pictures aren’t for a toddler’s Scratch & Sniff book, that’s not relevant.

Just to make my foray into the world of rust complete, I would really appreciate it if me clever-clogs could tell me the technical name for each item in my pictures above.

Picture 1 — Door on a lamppost, behind which lies the control panel to the electrics. Type of lock?

Picture 2 — Garage door. Type of hinge?

Picture 3 — Fence-panel support. Type of hook and ring?

Picture 4 — Telegraph-pole support. Type of ring?

Your answers awaited with interest. And you never know, I might even mention these objects in a story sometime, if the names for them are interesting enough.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

21 thoughts on “Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #15 — Rust”

    1. Yes, the turquoise one is my favourite, too. They’re sort of incongruous colours that work next to each other. Come to think of it, I quite fancy wearing a turquoise and rust-coloured shirt!

      Sylvia, I thought the guys would be rushing to tell us what all those rusty locks, hinges, hooks, and rings are called, but silence (even from Mr Potter, who loves building and repairing things) D:

      Any girls out there who are whizzes on the construction side? I saw a girl roofer during the summer, up there on top of a house, shifting tiles, dressed in shorts and bikini top, showing off her muscles.

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    1. Thanks, Lilith. The photos were taken on my very uncomplicated Nikon camera and given a sprucing up in basic Photoshop. I’m still very a learner photographer, but always have my eye open for unusual shots of things that people don’t normally photograph. I love strange colour combinations and am always aware of how the weather effects the light and shade of my subject. It’s a whole new world to me, and one I wish I’d pursued earlier in life.


  1. #1 not so secret finger lock? #2 looks like a rusted question mark ( is this a hinge I see before me) oh well, I really have no idea what these thingamabobs are called. I do love the colours in #2.


  2. You’ve got me there Sarah, but I do love rust for photography and I particularly love your turquoise hinge. The way the ivy is growing along the garage door is striking, these are my favourite kinds of photos. But sorry I can’t help with the technical stuff…that definitely isn’t my thing 😉


    1. Yes, I’m impressed, too, but I believe Sylvia’s husband is quite into building and refurbishments, so it was just finding someone in the know.
      Turquoise is a lovely uplifting colour. It is also my birthstone — lucky me.

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  3. You’re right about rust being photogenic. Not only that, it clearly defines age, history, time passing.
    Your photo’s are quite lovely. And no, I will not be attempting to name any of your images 😉

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    1. But Ghia, you are so good with your power-tools, and making and mending things, I was sure you’d know the names 😉

      PS to my surprise, someone has come up with the answer! See the comment from Anotherdayinparadise.

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  4. Nice, I love old metal things. There’s a good chance that most were made in my original home town of Birmingham which used to have a huge manufacturing industry. One can almost imagine some old boy turning out that hinge and throwing it in a container with hundreds of identical ones. Then they separated and went their various ways.

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