Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

Paula says, in her intro to her post,  ‘every time I take a trip no matter how far or close to my home it takes me, I look for traces of the past.’ I am definitely on her page there.

But I can see that there are many ways of noticing traces of the past. It might be the obvious, like massive traces of a wartime past, lost deep in the woods:


…or traces of the past found closer to home, as in this battered old leather suitcase, found in the loft:

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…or some old letters, some artwork on a battered piece of board, even some hydrangeas way past their best:


To see more takes on this challenge, visit Paula’s site here.



  1. Nice examples, Sue. The old bunker is great, good to see nature reclaiming it. And that suitcase has provided inspiration before, if I recall correctly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Bang to rights on the suitcase, Pete! The Maginot Fort has now, I understand, been buried in earth by the French Military, to stop people getting in….

  2. Maybe I’ll go with letters for this one, cause it is original and beautifully captured. Thanks, Sue.

  3. LOVE the letters and I can always use a suitcase, Sue! 🙂

  4. How cool to have this close-up picture of the suitcase so we can see the texture, color, and age. Thanks!

  5. I love old things because they can tell a story, wonderful photos, Sue

  6. The bunker things are a bit creepy. So you paint as well? is there no end to your talent?

  7. Suzanne

    Excellent take on the challenge. I really enjoyed these photos. They stimulated my imagination.

  8. There are traces everywhere, but whether we see them is down to whether we can programme our eyes to ‘see’ that way. Three good examples here, Sue

  9. Those letters do it for me. So good to see handwriting! And so artfully arranged too 🙂

  10. Love them all, Sue. Old things, somehow and someway going back to where they came from. I like to rest in these pictures. Peaceful.

  11. A great collection. Not often you post a series of photos. I wonder if they’re all from the same period? The suitcase is my favourite.

    • Sue

      Well, there’s a question…. The Maginot fort would have been built in the 1930s, I would need to look at the letters to see what date, but some were written in the 1920s, some in the 49s and some later, and the suitcase could have perhaps been 20s or 30s….so they sort-of connect!!

  12. love the photo of the old tattered case……. 🙂

  13. I wonder how many travel stories that old case could tell us. Perfect selection for Paula’s prompt.

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