Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 11 – Rust

This week Hugh’s Photo Challenge is looking for images that portray Rust.

In a post I did a few weeks ago I included some images of a unique architectural feature in Montreal: our outdoor spiral iron staircases.


They are lovely to look at indeed, but not only are they treacherous when covered in snow and ice, but they are a pain in the backside (and the wallet) to maintain.

Here’s a good example of what happens when they don’t get that regular fresh coat of paint needed to protect the iron from the elements:

rust 1

Rust 2

Lord knows how or why the owner would have let this get so bad, but they are now going to have replace a very expensive set of stairs.

Thanks for looking 🙂

About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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23 Responses to Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 11 – Rust

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  2. Perfect capture of the shades and stages of deterioration of rust.


  3. Beautiful photos, sad about the rust creatIng a potential dangerous situation.

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  4. pommepal says:

    Beautiful for photography but an accident waiting to happen.

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  5. I love the architectural detail in this building, but those steps are not structurally sound.

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  6. Lynne Ayers says:

    I love these staircases. So very Montreal. Makes me homesick.


  7. I couldn’t hit ‘like’ on that one, Norm, because all I could picture was someone falling to their death. But, it sure fit the challenge of ‘rust.’ 🙂

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  8. Yeah, metal and lots of water over long periods of time is a bad combination. They look great from a distance, but I’d rather not trust my weight to them.


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  9. Colline says:

    They are going to have to replace it sometime – before it breaks apart!

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  10. prior2001 says:

    Makes we glad we have inspectors for the important structures! And the last photo was my fav – feeling the thinness and seeing thru- very powerful weathering example – and almost see a life analogy for maintenance in all areas!

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  11. Wow, I can only imagine it won’t be long before those stairs need replacing. However, I have to say that rust can make some objects into works of art.
    Thanks for joining in this week’s challenge, Norm. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Hugh. They were in the middle of major renovations so I suspect these stairs will be replaced soon. Around here a landlord can be seriously fined for putting tenants in danger due to poor maintenance. I’d hazard a guess that this came about due to decades of neglect.

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  12. RUST!!! One of my favorite things to photograph EVER!!! Beautiful, Norm.

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    That is some serious rust Norm. I hope those stairs aren’t still in use

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  14. joannesisco says:

    Yikes – the rust has completely eaten away big chunks of the support. I can’t help but wonder how this has affected the structural integrity of the staircase!

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  15. Lynn says:

    They may be a pain to maintain but they sure make for an awesome picture Norm!

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