Monday, 27 March 2017

The Things They Left Behind 5 - Buller Gorge

When we were in New Zealand we went for a walk around an area called Buller Gorge - this used to be many alluvial gold mines in the area, but most have now closed.

It comes as a bit of a surprise to find an abandoned digger in the middle of the bush!  But there it was.  And further on there was a truck of some sort and other bite and pieces.   Although some of the machines looked older, much of this debris only dates from the 1980s - which I suppose is old by some peoples reckoning!






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20 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

It's interesting to note your comment about the eighties. I recently heard something on the news about an even that occurred in the eighties and that seemed pretty recent - until it dawned on me that it was over thirty years ago!

Missy George said...

Interesting post..Antiques rusting in the bush..Is that better than our areas of piles of old cars?? Love the color in these pictures..Hope you are having a good weekend or..maybe it's over..

Florida Farm Girl said...

I hate when people are taking from the earth but can't be bothered cleaning up after themselves. Took a trip through the bayous in Louisiana a number of years ago and it was so disheartening to see all the oil industry detritus left there rusting and spreading pollution all over the place.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Interesting .... rust can be beautiful, but it is too bad it didn't get cleaned up. I sincerely hope the 1980s isn't considered ancient history quite yet .

TheChieftess said...

How sad...I hate finding old cars/trucks/machinery dumped and left...really spoils the scenery...although, I have to admit to getting a few great photos of an old abandoned truck in Benton, CA...

Linda W. said...

What great finds!

Fun60 said...

Although the rusting machinery makes good photos against the lush green background, I disagree with just leaving it to litter the countryside.

Lea said...

It is amazing how people just abandon stuff
Have a great week!

Vineeta Yashssvii said...

This is sad that people leave stuff like this but your photography is amazing Stewart...

Richard Pegler said...

Hi Stewart

I find it interesing to read comments above about leaving junk in the countryside. Usually, I'd agree that it's totally unacceptable to leave junk around. However, this isn't ugly piles of junk with the accompanying mass of garbage, spilled oil, etc. that is sometimes found in places of abandonment. These items could be taken as art installations. I find them both interesting and beautiful - and your super photography helps to convey that.

I share David's views on what the term 'the eighties' brings to mind. It's amazing what the turn of a century can do!

With my best wishes - - - Richard

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Great lawn artifacts. :)

Marcia said...

You would think at the time the machinery would have had a value that could have been recouped by selling it. Now I agree its lawn art. The rusty patina is a nice contrast with the green.

Kalantikan said...

It's good they are left there, it that would have been here, it will be quickly dis-assembled and sold to whoever needs them.

Lady Fi said...

They make for good shots, but not so good for the environment.

s.c said...

Strange to not clear that up in those times.

Margaret Adamson said...

Now I always love taking photograph of these old pieces of machinery.

Photo Cache said...

Outdoor museum!

Worth a Thousand Words

Liz said...

I do love old rusty machinery, but in it's place. The digger does look much more recent than the rest though!

Andrea Priebe said...

Wow ...I love old abandoned, weather worn and rusted equipment. Not sure why, just think they are cool. Hmm ... wonder what that says about me :)

Pat Tillett said...

I also like taking photos of old mining equipment. HOWEVER, I hate it that miners come in, dig up the landscape, and when the gold (or whatever) runs out, they just leave. Everything is left behind, like a scar on the landscape.