For some time now I have been thinking about a new project with the subject of nature taking back.
By this, I mean Images of objects of modern life being abandoned and nature taking back and overgrowing.
As the new year dawns, I am set for this.
This is the first image and although not quite how I fully envisaged this theme, but perhaps a good place to start as the scale of this particular image is much broader than I expect much of the images I will be adding.
There has been much mining in South Wales with many of the villages being brought into existence near coal mines, many of them deep mines. So I suspect there will be a lot of images relating to this.
This is an image taken of an area of an old open cast mine in South Wales it produced some 350,000 tonnes per year of coking coal. When the contract recently (2008) ran out, the area was very like a moonscape and there were not enough funds to restore the area to its original beauty.
The void, left by the works has become a lake that measures about 700m at its widest point and 108 metres deep.
Some landscaping took place but the area looked very industrial. Some over planting has taken place but in a short time the spoil mound seen here is being taken back by nature, and the old grey taking on a more natural green and brown.
Hopefully, the wildlife will return soon.