102-Year-Old Abandoned Ship is a Floating Forest / Image by Andy Brill
The SS Ayrfield is one of many decommissioned ships in the Homebush Bay, just west of Sydney, but what separates it from the other stranded vessels is the incredible foliage that adorns the rusted hull. The beautiful spectacle, also referred to as The Floating Forest, adds a bit of life to the area, which happens to be a sort of ship graveyard.
I love nature and its constant reminders that it wants to swallow us back into itself and that nothing we do can really hurt it more than it can hurt us
i love nature reminding us “hurt” is a human illusion, that the continuity of our being we consider essential has no meaning to the wider world. love being reminded that the men who toiled belowdecks on that squalid old steam collier, shoveling fossilized swamp algae into a fire to help keep the biggest empire that had ever existed afloat, they’re all just as much as the steam collier turning into new things, changing and being redefined and restructured. if a twelve year old boy worked on that ship when it was new (and in those days such things happened) he wouldn’t even be a skeleton today, nor even the worms that pick skeletons clean, but a constellation of new life created from new life created from new life. nature is cool because wherever you go, there it is, and wherever it goes, there you aren’t. also sometimes it turns old steamer hulks into low-rent, no-account harbor islands in the world’s worst country. nature is beautiful
Aside from the above rather charged opinions, I just see shades of The Scar here.