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