As you can tell from the green leaves (not to mention the title of this post), I took these photos over the summer. I thought they were perfect for this week’s challenge: weathered.
There’s something quite beautiful about how nature weathers wood and metal–it sort of takes off the harsh edges, making the man-made blend with the naturally occurring.
You can see instantly when something is new. Here the stones are weathered, but the log barrier must be relatively new because it’s only just starting to get that weathered grey color of wood that’s been outside for a couple of East Coast winters (like the little shelter in the photo above).
The same thing happens with metal, as the paint or whatever protective coating wears off it changes (in this case) from black to rust. Both colors stand out so beautifully against the leaves of the enormous hydrangea plant, while the soft, weather-worn look makes it look like it’s part of the scenery, rather than marring it.