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Through the Derelict Window

By Hop-A-Long  
Good morning everyone.

Well, most of the plants are planted, all that's left are the tomatoes in the poly-tunnel, I am using ring culture to grow them which is where you use bottomless pots that sit on a bed of gravel. Tomatoes have two sets of roots, the set in the soil search fro food within the soil, not that they have miners helmets on and use small pick-axes to dig tunnels, or maybe they do obviously I cannot be 100% certain on this fact, I do know they are there to collect food from the soil for the plant.
The other set of roots are a little more adventurous and in the ring culture set up they head straight downwards out of the soil and into the gravel bed underneath, these roots are in search of water, now I am once again not 100% on this, but I don't think they wear scuba gear with flippers and masks for their expedition.
With the ring culture setup you water the gravel direct which then retains this moisture that the roots pick up, food is then added to the soil in the pot two to three times a week. This system I have used since growing tomatoes and it never fails, fantastic plants and fruit every time. Not that all the fruit makes it from the plant to the house, a few disappear as if it were magic along the way. Yum yum!

Today's upload is another from Steetley Magnesite.
This place has apparently now been closed off completely to the public, which is a shame. I know it was dangerous, but is still quite sad as it was a gem for photographers who enjoy dereliction/urban style work.
I took this using my Bronica and film whilst crouching in a very small ditch which I think was once a drain of some description. I wanted a different view of this particular well photographed part of the site. I won't mention that my mate had to help me out of the ditch as I had got in, but couldn't quite get back out.

I hope you like this one, thanks for any comments.

Tags: Dangerous Industrial Derelict Hartlepool Steetley Black and white Closed Magnesium

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
27 Jun 2012 11:46AM
I like the impact of contrast, well worth the effort! I also like your passion for tomatoes, it's nice to learn about the kinds of roots.

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shanelaze 6 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2012 11:58AM
Like it alot. Excellent composition and great use of mono.

27 Jun 2012 12:30PM
Excellent composition Andy, B+W suits the suject,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2012 7:22PM
A stunning pre-narrative, and a quite unique composition. In my eyes a future award winner.

Regards Nathan
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2012 8:11PM
unusual picture which works well in mono
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
27 Jun 2012 10:44PM
Yes Andy,there are a lot of places closed here that I would love to have a wander around !!
Good shot.
And not too keen on tomatoes,
unless they are on the topping of a pizza !!

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