Finding Red in the Woods

Red Nail

Red Nail © 2008

Not the kind of red I was anticipating on my hike in the woods. Red sumac? Looking. Red maple leaves? Still looking.

No. I found red nails from the decomposing wood frame of an old farm wagon.

Red Barrel

Red Barrel © 2008

And a red barrel sitting where it ought not be sitting,

Red Screws

Red Screws © 2008

and red screws, more of the wagon frame.

It’s cool outside, my furnace has switched on the last two nights and I’m wearing sweaters in the house, but outside the leaves are still showing mostly green and my grass is in desperate need of a last cut for the year.

About Bo Mackison

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  1. I too love walking and looking for colours. These pictures still have the look and feel of autumn even though they’re not natural – it must be the light… and the mindset of the photographer / poet 🙂

  2. nouveaufauves says:

    How intriguing! I love exploring places like this. Thanks for the photos.

  3. I like the red screws and red nail…Nice texture and color.

  4. It’s always interesting to see what you’ll find when you take a walk. As Bilbo advised Frodo, it is dangerous to step outside onto the sidewalk. They can carry you away down paths never expected or imagined. They can, of course, lead you to interesting gems like the items you found.

  5. I love all these reds. Different from thre reds you expect to find.

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