Lost in Berlin
It's become almost a cliché to state that in Berlin, it pays to keep your eyes constantly peeled for the secret, secluded or hidden. Nevertheless, it's absolutely true.
A case in point are these beautiful fragments of carved stonework and sculpture, abandoned, for no apparent reason, in separate locations in the city.
The first is half-concealed in a patch of scrubland near the Märkisches Ufer in Berlin's Mitte (below). Presumably a remnant - or perhaps several pieces - of some long-lost building, it's impossible to work out exactly how, or why, the decorative masonry found its way to its current location.
The next stash of fragments is far more substantial, including several almost life-size figures and a truly resplendent imperial eagle.
Dumped by a roadside in Kreuzberg with little to protect them from intruders or trophy-hunters, their origin, again, remains a mystery.
With a devastatingly high proportion of the old city of Berlin ravaged by bombing, the existence of many such architectural fragments comes as no surprise. Most, however, have long since been dispersed, or incorporated into new buildings and reconfigured urban settings. But these particular relics seem to have been simply forgotten: ghosts in the undergrowth, gathering moss.