In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”
For this week’s challenge I thought of the things found connected to chain link fences.
My first group of photos are the ‘love locks” connected to the chain link fence along the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk in Newport Rhode Island. There is some controversy about their very existence. Some residence would like them removed. Some were spray painted orange this year according to an article in Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/15/us-usa-rhode-island-locks-idUSKCN0PO2QI20150715
When we visited this location this summer we did notice the orange painted locks but had no idea why the hundreds of locks were connected to the chain link fence. We did find one lone lock in a treed area painted yellow with an orange heart. Now we know the meaning behind them. What do you think – graffiti / obstructing the view or a sign of love?
The second group of photos are pieces of tree trunks connected to a chain link fence I discovered while parking at a restaurant in Rensselaer, NY. The owner must have cut down the trees quite a while after the trees had grown into the fence.
Chain link fences can be interesting subject matter for photography. I love when the trees are so enmeshed into the fence that the fence posts are pulled out of the ground or the tree is so large in diameter that it swallowed up the fence within its center.
My father planted trees along the creek near our house and then decided to install a chain link fence. That was over forty years ago. Dad is deceased, the chain link fence is rusted out, and the bark of the trees have grown into the fence. I love that everything goes back to nature. My Dad would have loved to have seen this as well.
Nature will eventually win swallowing up all manmade items to include houses, cars, and large abandoned buildings. Have you ever found an old house out in the country with trees growing from the center or abandoned manufacturing buildings with vines, trees, and animals living within? Or, abandoned farm machinery rusted and covered in branches and vines?
Love and Light!