Plasticene(sic) meets Pliocene
I'm taking part in a themed exercise to photographically represent my interpretation of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail"
It is rather remiss of me not to be making new images for this challenge but after much head scratching I realised I had made images a few years ago but did not have anything meaningful with which to package them. This is an edit from images made whilst walking along the cliff bottom at Easton Bavents, a stretch of Suffolk coastline that has been collapsing into the North Sea since at least Medieval times. The current cliff face is 6 miles inland from where it was. Quite how far it will progress inland is anyone's guess but now that successive Tory governments have withheld Environment Agency sea defence budgets...
My initial interest was to hopefully see a fossil or two exposed by the relentless excavation of the cliffs by incoming waves. Properties have been abandoned and subsumed into a watery and sandy grave for many years. What I did not expect to find at the base of these cliffs, which represent the locale some 4,000,000,000 years ago - the Pliocene era, was a layer of plastic waste in and amongst the building detritus.
There is definitely no pathway along this beach and if there was it would be overwritten twice per day depending upon tide state, however, there are many paths left behind that we can only wonder at.
Quite what the pathway was in this trail of condoms and blackout mask was is anyone's guess Needless to say, that presumably no trail was left in one sense. Maybe a fast encroaching tide put paid to that path.
More mundane trails of human activity in the form of gaudy daisies, hemp rope and polypropylene rope and one of the most toxic of wastes, a rubber road tyre. Quite which ones would be visible after the next washing of a tide I do not know.
I wonder what will be found in this new layer by whomever walks this way in 4,000,000,000 years time?