Weathered Beauties

Weathered wood, whether it be a tree trunk, an old door, a historic structure, or just a simple garden ornament captivates my senses with the elements of exposed texture and faded color. Place and perspective have much to add to the story and often conjure a soulful narrative.

This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is ‘Weathered, Burned, or Burning Wood’ and the Lens Artists Photo Challenge hosted by Jude at Cornwall in Colours is ‘Texture.’ Please enjoy the images I have curated from my archives for these two related challenges.

Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island – the branches of this beautiful trunk reach upward, separate but united in defiance, as it refuses to succumb to the sea. I fear it is a losing battle
This U.S. Post office, located in Otahite, Florida, is symbolic of a time gone by. Structures like this dot Florida’s many Ghost towns. I took this photo during one of our ‘discover Florida’ road trips. If you would like to read more about Florida ghost towns, click this FB page
Weathered posts make beautiful path markers to a beach in Florida. Old things repurposed bring new life and beauty.
Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA. Bones, as they are commonly referred to here, line the beach on the tip of the north shore. A trip here at sunrise evokes feelings of reverence and loss.
Interior door to the Church where JFK, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were married in 1996 Cumberland Island, GA. Joy and sadness juxtaposed in my mind.
An abandoned oyster boat in Carrabelle, Florida with a dilapidated dock beyond. Remnants of storms passed and a fading way of life.
The interior of this barrel has been charred to a very specific degree. It is used to age Bourbon at Lux Row in Kentucky. The degree of char is essential for creating the unique flavor of this bourbon. There are many good reasons to burn wood, but this is probably my favorite!
Evergreen Plantation slave houses – Louisianna. Weathered wood reveals truths.

I don’t know about you, but I think of my photos as being an expression of who I am. I willingly choose to share that knowledge with others and I encourage you to look through your lens with an intent that honors not only what you see, but what you feel. The reward is to look at the photograph years later and recall the moment the shutter clicked. Little bits and pieces of you, frozen in time.

50 thoughts on “Weathered Beauties

    1. Leanne, I always feel like I am walking into an interactive museum when I visit Driftwood Beach. Each piece is unique and constantly changing. It does feel otherworldly at times. Sometimes it is peaceful, serene, and hopeful, and sometimes it just looks sad and lonely. Whatever, it keeps drawing me back. I must have a thousand photos from that single place.


  1. Here, hear! I agree with what you wrote: “look through your lens with an intent that honors not only what you see, but what you feel.” You’ve done a wonderful job here of demonstrating that principle. Weathered wood calls to my soul– and not just because it’s involved in the making of bourbon.


  2. Just the sort of images I enjoy taking, and seeing 🙂 I love that opening shot in particular, and the church doors. Your final paragraph really resonated with me, especially your last sentence: Little bits and pieces of you, frozen in time.


  3. Lovely images which evoke feelings, memories, and a respect for this history represented. Your last paragraph gives meaning to all those photos we take. Thank you for your post.


  4. Weathered beauties indeed. Such a wonderful collection of wood here Suzanne. The posts and the rope speak to me and the door is so interesting, both are the sort of things I am attracted to. I had never thought about the photos we take or the way we take them is a reflection on who we are, but yes, I see that now. Thank you for linking to the textures challenge.
    Jude xx


    1. Tina, thank you. We were finished with our tour of the church and I lingered behind the other guests when I saw the bright sunlight streaming through. Hmmm….I wonder what will happen if I close the door. It was like dimming a spotlight. Fitting for the remembrance, I thought.


  5. What a wonderful selection of photos! And I love what you said about the personal connection we make to a place through photography. Photographs really are memories frozen in time, waiting to be rediscovered. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂


      1. Yes, listed and sold the first day! I’m trying to get a post finished about it. Exciting and surreal times! I appreciate your enthusiasm, Suzanne. 🙂


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