There is symmetry in circles like these two ant holes, the squashed aluminum can, and the manhole covers. These images make me consider it is apparent that we impact on the landscape and that it impacts on us. Virtually all ecosystems on Earth have been affected by our presence. We have the ability to adapt to our environment and to adapt our environment to us in ways that significantly affect the planet. As our population increases our draw upon the planet’s resources increase.
We are a part of the ecosystem of our planet and rely upon a healthy ecosystem to supply our needs for survival. While a great deal of our impact on the planets resources has been detrimental to the ecosystem our habits can change and are very slowly changing to reduce human impact and preserve our resources.
The clamp at the top right I found at an old abandoned bottling factory was inexplicably draped in a tree just as shown here. The top left door knob was still attached to the door as was the car door handle below. The vegetation pretty much over took the doors attached to both handles. While most of these items were obscured by natural re-growth, because they are metal they will take many years decompose.
Even though nature reasserts its presence in spaces impacted by man’s presence, the natural landscape has been irrevocably changed. Each piece of garbage that we leave behind is the seed for change in the evolution of our planet. Not only is the full potential of these plantings only just beginning to be realized, but what does become apparent is that as man made objects and spaces are enveloped in natural re-growth, they combine to make a new space that is both nature made and man made.
I found these items along a gravel roadside of interest. On a smaller scale they illustrate the slow process of decomposition, paper will break down quite quickly, while the baler twine, the piece of plastic and the aluminum can will likely linger much longer. Each will break down into smaller parts to become part of the soil composition. This leads me to consider how much detritus could be combined with natural soil and still be viable for growing plants.
Alumninum can be recycled almost indefinitely, and paper is naturally biodegradable, while the baler twine is generally made from a polypropylene product designed to degrade. Plastic such as the clear sheet particle can last for many years lingering as tiny tatters like the one on the top right. The grasses wrapped around this piece of plastic are grasping it, nesting plastic fibres with its vigorous growth. Plastic and plant are enmeshed in a process of harmonious growth and decay that is illustrative of the insidious nature of plastic as well as a testament to the resilience of nature itself.
I like to explore the countryside carrying my little camera to record the things that catch my attention. These four door panels were lain out like this in the middle of a field next to railway tracks. They had obviously been there for quite some time and were part of large collection of items abandoned at this site.
What inspires me in a site like this is seeing objects that are slowly decaying into the surrounding landscape. These wood panels will take years to disappear. Insects will move in and begin the process of breaking down the wood fibres in the plywood, moss will creep accross the surface, rot will set in wherever the wood is wet. Grasses and small trees will begin to sprout around and through and slowly all parts will be covered by surrounding vegetation.