Faded sign for archery club looks almost Crowley-esque
Doorway to a small, brick-built building near the Coppice Pond. Looks as though something has been locked inside, long ago…
The Coppice Pond
Tunnel beneath the road at the Coppice Pond end of St Ives Estate.
Doorway going nowhere, near the turf research institute.
Stone cube, rather randomly placed.
Dry-stone wall, almost indistinguishable from the natural features around it.
Wooden mushroom, one of several scattered around a storyteller’s chair
Dead bark on tree wearing away to reveal stunning new copper growth beneath
Ramshackle stone bridge over a path, shot from the mouth-like gap of the bigger bridge running under the road by the Coppice Pond
The St Ives Estate is a large, rambling area comprising the former family home of the Ferrand clan, now a care unit, surrounded by dense woodland which is home to a huge and varied amount of wildlife, a pond, a golf course, a children’s adventure play area and a turf research institute, among others. These pictures were taken on the afternoon of Sunday February 17, 2013. I think they tend to show how nature and man-made structures have grown into each other, until their provenance is almost indistinguishable; has mankind aped nature with his moss-covered dry-stone walls and lichen-splattered, seemingly-random stone monuments, or vice versa?