Some pictures I like just do not seem to fit into any post until a good cue gives me new ideas: Paula’s photo challenge Traces of the Past proved quite helpful for this post. She writes: “For the third time this year Thursday’s Special is bringing you a challenge dedicated to past. It can be a distant past or a recent one. It can be a past that is abandoned and about to be forgotten, or past that is still functional and intertwined with present.” And here was my cue. I decided to focus on the traces, no matter how long gone the past might be.