Abandoned Boats - Fall Edition

by Lee Santiva November. 06, 2020 424 views
Abandoned rowboat in Fall - fade to white

Abandoned rowboat in Fall - fade to white

My blogpost Abandoned Boats from July was one of my most viewed blogs so I decided to revisit it. The boats are still there, just as I left them and the collection has grown.

I really liked the color fade to white in photo #1 which is why I made it the cover instead of the skiff in the reeds thus changing the sequence of the subjects.

This is a rather long blog - here is an overview of the structure: aluminum rowboat, wooden skiff, fiberglass rowboat and a surprise at the end. :-)

Aluminum rowboat in painterly fall setting

Aluminum rowboat in painterly fall setting

This time there was no one on the lake, except for one fisherman. He did not know the owners of the boats or why they have fallen into disuse.

Bow of the abandoned rowboat - blue and gold composition

Bow of the abandoned rowboat - blue and gold composition

To achieve a perfect seasonal series, I should have taken prints of the original post with me to ensure the same composition. However, since the sunlight was a challenge with the sun hiding mostly behind clouds, I got better results with a different angle/perspective

Bow of the abandoned rowboat - fall edition

Bow of the abandoned rowboat - fall edition

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The boats have accumulated more debris and it was not all just sticks and leaves. The empty bottle accentuates the wabi sabi of the scene.

Wabi Sabi - detail inside the boat

Wabi Sabi - detail inside the boat

The wooden skiff in the reeds looks better in black and white especially in the fall. There isn't as much fall color contrast as with the first rowboat.

Wooden skiff in the reeds- fall edition

Wooden skiff in the reeds- fall edition

John D is right, the wooden skiff does look best in black and white!

Rustic wooden skiff - black & white - fall edition (my runner-up for cover photo)

Rustic wooden skiff - black & white - fall edition (my runner-up for cover photo)

The shoreline of the small man-made lake is bordered by aspen, birch and willow trees, which is why most of the leaves are small and yellow.

Rustic wooden skiff in the fall

Rustic wooden skiff in the fall

Two green boats have joined the Abandoned Boat Club on this lake. Perhaps the shoreline was too overgrown this summer for me to discover them.

Abandoned green rowboat with lake view in fall

Abandoned green rowboat with lake view in fall

I debated whether to share this final abandoned boat because it doesn't fit into the rustic boat series. It shows the ugly reality of abandonment - a modern, fiberglass boat filled with garbage: plastic cups, old shoes...

Abandoned green boat filled with garbage

Abandoned green boat filled with garbage

I cannot end the series with the garbage boat, that's just not right, so my final shot is of the shoreline as I left for the day.

The day I went to the lake it was unseasonably warm around 20 degrees Celsius (68F) which is crazy for November in Germany. It's been this warm (on average) since March this year.

When I asked if the fish were biting, the retired older man replied "nah, the weather's too warm, but it's too nice a day for me to sit inside watching TV".

Damn right he is.

Lone fisherman on the empty lake - black & white " Too nice to sit inside and watch TV"

Lone fisherman on the empty lake - black & white " Too nice to sit inside and watch TV"

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Kevin Macy 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Very Nice - Great subjects!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Kevin Macy 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you!

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Varsha Arun 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Unique & intriguing series...nice read! :-)

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Lee Santiva Replied to Varsha Arun 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Nice to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed them!

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Jay Boggess 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Lovely series! So nicely composed & exposed!
Happy Autumn!
+1grinning+1

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Jay always great to hear from you!

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank You!
Stay safe, well & joyous!
+1grinning+1

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Love these aesthetics! I enjoyed so much the summer edition, thanks for adding new ones

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to R Kuerbovich 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you also to hear you liked the summer edition! It makes me glad I revisited the series. I appreciate the feedback

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Sri V 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A very nice day out grinning

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Sri V 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you!

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Very nice series, good you revisited it. I think most will look good in monochrome specialy #1

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Peter! I would love to capture real winter with frost, snow or ice but I‘m afraid it won‘t get cold enough

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Tsao T-F 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Love this series. I especially love #1 and #3. They make me thinking.

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much especially for naming your favorites!smile

3 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months, 3 weeks ago

It's my pleasure.smile

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