Not entirely described in the photograph, I noticed the leaning alcove from the outside.
Then, when indoors, the floor going toward the door had a definite slope to it.
It is perched on a deck. It appeared to have been built much later than the house.
There can be only one reason why it would lean so much.
It lacks support. But why?
Resting on a deck, which was built very near to the ground, and in a shady yard, rot would be an issue.
And even termites.
If termites are attracted to the deck, they would therefore be attracted to the house.
But being so close to the ground how could I see underneath?
Going to the edge of the deck, scraping away soil and brush, and reaching my camera underneath, I snapped a photo.
It would give me an idea of what I could see.
Seeing it, I could determine the better camera position and took a few more to try to get something descriptive of what the alcove was resting on.
My guess was right! Rot, and, obviously, termites! The alcove had, and will continue to have, serious problems!
From my position at the edge of the deck I noticed a receptacle box.
Knowing that termites are attracted to electricity I though I'd look!
Wow! It was full of mud.
It has been known that insects seem attracted to electricity. It is unknown why. Perhaps the wavelength of the electricity appeals to them. Or the warmth.
But this box was infested! An apparent termite condo where they all go to relax between trips to the deck and house.
My recommendation: moisture is always an invitation to other problems. Biology works! Fungi has its own taxonomic kingdom! A kingdom is the largest category for the biological classification of living things. There are only five. Another is Animalia, into which fit the termites. It's been calculated that termites outweigh humans! (many animal species apparently do) Given that, why invite them toward or into the house? I think if I was an alcove I would want to lean away from termites and not toward them!
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