Paula’s prompt (traces of the past) and her use of selective colour started me thinking. We live in the colourful now and the past is often perceived only as little more than shadows, captured in stones, reflected in photos. But the past can also be much more colourful and have a remarkable presence which lets our mundane life seem pale in comparison, depending on where our focus lies.
Which version comes closer to your vision?
(The photo was taken at Lorsch abbey in Germany.)