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.

Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #14 — Old Tin Dish

Old Tin Dish in Woods

At first glance, when I saw this tin dish atop a tree-stump in the woods, it played tricks upon my eyes and I mistook it for an impressive piece of fungi. It has obviously been there for some time as the ivy is doing its tenacious best to bind it to the stump until the last piece of rust has crumbled to red dust.

I wonder who put the dish there in the first place. A forgetful camper, perhaps? Or someone kind enough to leave the birds a bath? Maybe a litter lout? Who knows?

Whatever the answer to these questions, I’m glad to note that Nature is winning the battle with this particular piece of junk.

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