It is common knowledge that rust – oxidation – is the result of iron, or metal alloys containing iron, being exposed to the elements – oxygen and water – over a period of time. From a distance the rich hues of this rusty fence post stands out in the veld. The snipped off wires a clear indication that it is no longer needed.
The pitted surface is clear in a closer view. Even this abandoned metal fence post has provided shelter for a creature.
The next four photographs were taken in our local cemetery. The first is from a railing surrounding a grave over two hundred years old.
Sadly, this twisted broken end tells an all too common tale of the vandalism of graves by scrap metal collectors. Not only has it caught a winged seed of a plant, but has clearly provided a useful perch for a bird.
This is one of very few remaining caps on what is left of rails around a different grave – most of the others have been twisted or sawn off.
Who can tell for how much longer these curled metal shapes will remain before they too are removed for a pittance.
The rust borne of ages past.