Broken amidst Tangle

This week, the WordPress weekly challenge is Broken…Cheri Lucas Rowlands has challenged us to “capture something broken: an old window, ….. Or go deeper: find beauty in something broken.” And over at her blog, Where’s my Backpack, Ailsa has us looking for a Tangle, for her weekly travel theme.

I thought I would find examples where I have combined the two, to create something with beauty:

This first image is of an old, broken mill in the South of France. Taken over by a tangle of vegetation, some roofless walls and an old rusting piece of machinery remain. Beauty in Decay….

Broken Mill, tangled vegetation

Broken Mill, tangled vegetation

My second image is of a riot of wild flowers, a colourful tangle amidst which stands a single broken pillar from Classical antiquity (seen at Selinunte, Sicily):

Single Classical pillar amidst tangle of wild flowers

Single Classical pillar amidst tangle of wild flowers



  1. Clever combining, and nicely contrasting images. It’s a good way for a new follower to get a sense of your travels, and your perspective.

  2. Both work well for the broken and tangle theme Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Sue, beautiful images ……. that summer meadow is my favorite … great entry.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Adrian! I took the one in France a few years ago, and thanks to newer software, I can bring it to life a bit more….I need to find a few more gems in my archives 🙂

  4. I figured the broken theme would be perfect for you Sue. I wasn’t wrong and I love the first image with the tangle of vegetation – my immediate thought was of that classic picture of Angkor Wat where the tree roots grow through and over the structure, yours comes very close! And a tangle of wild flowers? Perfect.

  5. Cleverly combined challenges Sue

  6. Beauty in decay, I consider the first one broken and the second wants me to go crazy with the riot of flowers. Just Grant!

  7. The lone pillar amidst the wild flowers is beautiful!

  8. Lovely photos Sue and clever to combine the two prompts! Thanks for your visit to my blog today!

  9. Lovely Sue. The second image is my favorite.

  10. wonderful images, I love the ruin but the field of flowers is also beckoning!!

    • Sue

      The old mill was a great place to wander around, my kind of ruin! But I was pleased with the second image, just wish I could have got some more similar shots…no time when you are following a group,!

  11. Oh, well done! Excellent combo and you’ve addressed both perfectly

  12. Love them both, Sue. The first one I coudn’t have guessed what it was and the summer flowers are just a dream!

    • Sue

      Thanks! That first one was a gift – some years ago, staying at a Gite in the Languedoc, I discovered that this old mill was on the owners’ land. Fantastic!

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  14. Lovely meadow shot, Sue 🙂

  15. I enjoyed both of these! they both have an inferred sense of ‘going beyond’ … seeing further, going around the next corner, perhaps to a new adventure 🙂

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