By Benjamin W.
In the region of Bourgogne in France there was an old man living in a little village with his 5 dogs and his donkey. Once he has been a successful rallye driver and a car developer working in Nizza.
He decided to collect the cars he used once and behind his house you could find a huge collection of rarely old racing cars decayed by nature.
But that was not enough, he also collected cars around his garage and on a little estate a few hundred meters away from his house.
Firstly we went there in 2016 but the old man wasn't there, so we had no chance to take a look at his sporting car collection and also no way to see his garage.
Sadly we walked around and by chance we found the other estate few hundred meters away. Once it has been a normal field and now it was a thick forest.
Never seen old cars became a part of the nature like this before. We were absolutely enchanted of this place and that's the reason why we called it 'Magic Forest'.
We couldn't finish to shoot the cars cause sunset was coming. We decided to come back to this wonderful place to meet the old guy and to see his other collection.
But at our next visit his house was demolished. The old decayed cars were laying on an heap and the digger was still running. We met the daughter of the old man there and she told us that he died.
She will bring the hole area back to a field and depollute the cars. The really expensive cars she put into a closed hall and maybe sell it. Damn this was a little shock for us.
The demolishing of our 'Magic Forest' had already began but fortunately we could see the most of it again for last time.
Now everything is gone.
Everyone who shooted cars already knows that it's often not easy with the space and the light. Same here...
It's been a long time that I posted something here. Missing the time for the editing of the photo's. This was my last explore and it was an underground adventure with the same partner of all the underground explores. It's was an iron mine that closed several decades ago like many others in that neighbourhood.It was a nice walk to find an entrance (not the main entrance ). It was inside warmer than outside.
This time only one level explored but probably there are more entry's because there was also some kind of elevator (not found thou but other explorer did). There were a lot of collapses places. All the timber was parished and the metal well rusted. Also some cracks in the ceiling. Nice that there were some painted street names on the wall (some in German, other in French). There was every ware since of life ( fungi's, in white and yellow). Animal bones, one bat and animal excrements that turned in something fluffy by the fungi that were growing on that). For the rest the mine was well stripped of almost all the rails and cables.
But never the less, a nice trip.
1 it's going to be a bumpy ride
IMG_3050 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
2 hold on to the railing
IMG_3048-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
3 end of the line
IMG_3045-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
4 big pulley (fisheye)
IMG_3041-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
5 tunnel of fungi life in white and yellow
IMG_3037-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
6 that cart didn't make it out
IMG_3034 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
7 stack 'm up
IMG_3031 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
8 light in the" pouderie"
IMG_3026-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
9 the main tunnel
IMG_3009-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
10 iron bows
IMG_3014 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
10 dancing on the ceiling
IMG_3018-Edit by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr