Nothing stays the same, nothing lasts forever and things man-made usually decay the fastest (pyramids etc excluded). The most common abandoned objects found just about anywhere would have to be cars. You can find them in farmer’s paddocks, back and front yards and pretty much wherever a car could have been driven before being abandoned for whatever reason. Sometimes the cars are ordinary, run of the mill hacks, but other times you come across unique cars and wonder why they have been left as they are, to simply rust away. Maybe someone had dreams of restoration, which never eventuated and then didn’t want to part with them until it was too late.
And you’ll find cars, of amazing vintage, in the most unusual of places where access isn’t easy by any means. Even tracks aren’t visible in many cases, which makes you wonder how they got there in the first place and when, let alone why.
Then of course there are the things that you find in any country scene or neglected reserves and the like, the derelict windmills, water tanks, sheds, ploughs and buildings. These are things that come and go, but often they hang on for years while the elements, or vandals, slowly wear things away until there’s nothing left.
Of course the mountains are littered with remnants of a bygone era, when men toiled long and hard felling and transporting timber, searching for gold, or herding cattle in and out of the High Country. Many places have a reminder of those times when life was anything but easy.
And often in the mountains you can find some weird stuff, where someone obviously had a plan, but which clearly never came to be fulfilled. Then there are always the odds and sods left by people who just like to leave things behind.
Other places just like to keep a reminder of things old and new, whose usefulness may have come and gone, but still hold memories worth retaining.
Some things abandoned are quite memorable and others easy to forget, often insignificant at the time. This is why I like to take photographs of such things, as when you look back, even the seemingly insignificant things can bring back fond memories of places visited and the people that were with you at the time. In a way, deep down, nothing is truly insignificant.