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The sad ruins of Woodcock's cottage, abandoned in 1855, Samson, Isles of Scilly, England, UK.

Samson (Cornish: Enys Samson) is the largest uninhabited island of the Isles of Scilly, but as you can see, it wasn't always so. The island was inhabited until 1855, when the Lord Proprietor of the islands, Augustus Smith, removed the remaining population from the island. By this point, the population was suffering from extremely severe poverty and deprivation, and were subsisting on a diet of limpets and potatoes. There were only two families left: the Woodcocks and the Webbers. Smith then built a deer park on the island, but the deer escaped from their stone walled enclosure, and some attempted to wade across to Tresco (at low tide). Nowadays the area has become a protected wildlife site. The island supports many different birds such as terns and gannets, and many wild flowers. In 1971 the island, along with the nearby islands of Green Island, Puffin Island, Stony Island, and White Island, was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

There were one or two people away on the distant beach, but I seemed to be the only person interested in penetrating the interior - a scramble through interminable bracken stands. Then I came across this ruined cottage. It was a peculiarly quiet and melancholy place, even in the bright sunshine.

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Shutter speed: 1/1600 sec
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Focal length: 43mm

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