Each a Glimpse…

…..and gone forever.

Sometimes, when I’m out on the road I catch a brief fleeting glimpse of something that grabs my attention. Often I just keep on going, but keep the image in my mind to investigate at a future opportunity.

With the interests that I have this stuff frequently falls into the category that Mrs Dookes calls “Rusty Junk!” To me it’s industrial archeology.

Near the small town of Segré, a few miles North of Angers, the D775 road negotiates a roundabout. Perched on a low hill to the East is the rusting head-gear of an old mine. I’ve seen it loads of times, but yesterday I decided, on the spur of the moment, to go investigate.

From what I’ve been able to discover, this is the last remnant of a once thriving slate mining industry. It’s unusual in that in the rest of the world slate is usually quarried, not mined. It must have been very good quality to have gone to such trouble to dig it out from underground.

Although the site was fenced off, with a few very fierce and loose guard-dogs, I did manage to grab some photos. I just love the beautiful desolation of the place!

How many faces can you see?

Rusty, yes.
Junk or beauty?

Blowin’ in the wind.

Catch you soon.


11 thoughts on “Each a Glimpse…

    • Ah, there you are Silver Fox!
      I knew you like this sort of thing. I couldn’t resist playing with monochrome, but only using an iPad this time it’s a bit limiting so I’ll have more of a play when I get home.
      Love that old car shot of yours by the way!

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      • Ha ha! You know me too well it seems 😀 I took some interesting pics this weekend including that car (glad you like it) which was one of three rusting in that area surrounding an old abandoned mill in the desert. I can’t believe they have sat there for that length of time and not been stripped or repurposed. One of them still had good chrome and it must be nearly 100 years old! Hoping to post some more pictures from that trip soon.


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