Photographer's Note

Taken at the Fortress of Isabel II, La Mola, Mahon (Mao) Harbour, Menorca.

This rotten wooden door was spotted whilst walking round this amazing old military site. You can see the rotting softwood of the door, the rusting lock and bolt which once secured it and the brass lockplate which is covered in verdigris, a mixture of copper chloride and copper carbonate caused by exposure to air, salt spray and water. In fact, the peeling blue/green paint of the door probably owes its colour to a copper compound, possibly malachite, which was once used as a blue pigment.

You can read some more about this old military base in Mahon harbour here and also see there a little video clip telling you of the history of the place whilst listening to a rather nice little rendition of Bach's Air in D Major.

Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE9.

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