We humans often build roads and bridges, canals and ports, even entire cities at the expense of the environment. But nature isn't planning on giving up. On the contrary, it is determined to persevere, showing just how fragile our creations are.

Maybe you remember our earlier list on Mother Nature reclaiming its territories, maybe not, but time passes and bricks continue to crumble, so Bored Panda decided to refresh your memory on the topic.

We put together a new batch of photos to show that nature is a force to be reckoned with and that ultimately, the world belongs to it. As much as we would like to think otherwise.

#1

Tree That Grew From The Inside Of An Abandoned Chimney

Tree That Grew From The Inside Of An Abandoned Chimney

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6 months ago

Looks like something out of Disney's princess movie.

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A cool example of how nature takes back what rightfully belongs to it is Tikal, one of the most famous remnants of the Maya civilization. When author and journalist Alan Weisman hiked through the surrounding region, he discovered something fascinating on his way: "You're walking through this really dense rainforest, and you're walking over hills," Weisman told Live Science. "And the archaeologists are explaining to you that what you're really walking over are pyramids and cities that haven't been excavated."

We know about sites like Tikal because humans have gone to great efforts to dig up and restore their remains. Meanwhile, countless other ruins remain hidden, sealed beneath forest and dirt. "It's just amazingly thrilling how fast nature can bury us," Weisman said. 

#2

The Gate Keeper At The Abandoned Putzar Castle In Germany

The Gate Keeper At The Abandoned Putzar Castle In Germany

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago

Really like this one

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#3

Found This Beautiful Tree Growing Inside An Abandoned Silo While I Was Exploring

Found This Beautiful Tree Growing Inside An Abandoned Silo While I Was Exploring

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varwenea
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6 months ago

Trees are so spectacularly robust and life-seeking.

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This scene from Guatemala's rainforest allows us a glimpse of what our planet could look like if humans were no more. Lately, have been getting snippets of this idea, as the global COVID-19 pandemic has kept people inside, encouraging animals to return to our quieter urban environments. Weisman, who wrote The World Without Us, spent several years interviewing experts and systematically developing scenarios that would unfold in our planet if we disappeared.

#4

This Chinese Fishing Village Was Abandon In The 1990s. Nature Has All But Reclaimed It (Houtouwan, China)

This Chinese Fishing Village Was Abandon In The 1990s. Nature Has All But Reclaimed It (Houtouwan, China)

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

China has some scary locations

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#5

Old Shiva Temple Firmly Embraced By The Sacred Bodhi Tree In Bangladesh

Old Shiva Temple Firmly Embraced By The Sacred Bodhi Tree In Bangladesh

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Verena Gitterle
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6 months ago

So holy inside and outside

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In his research, Weisman started by taking a look at cities, where some of the most dramatic and immediate changes would occur, thanks to a sudden lack of human maintenance. Without people to run pumps that divert rainfall and rising groundwater, the subways of huge sprawling cities like London and New York would flood within hours of our disappearance. "[Engineers] have told me that it would take about 36 hours for the subways to flood completely," he said. 

#6

This Tree Grew Inside The Stop Sign

This Tree Grew Inside The Stop Sign

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

That's pretty impressive

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#7

Railroad Tracks In The Forest (Taiwan)

Railroad Tracks In The Forest (Taiwan)

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Yatharth
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6 months ago

Wana walk on them

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Without human oversight, glitches in oil refineries and nuclear plants would go unchecked, likely resulting in massive fires, nuclear explosions, and devastating nuclear fallout. "There's going to be a gush of radiation if suddenly we disappear. And that's a real wildcard, it's almost impossible to predict what that's going to do," Weisman explained.

In the wake of our demise, we would also leave behind mountains of waste — much of it plastic, which would likely persist for thousands of years, with huge effects on wildlife.

#8

This Vine Climbed Up A Chair To Silence My Wind Chime

This Vine Climbed Up A Chair To Silence My Wind Chime

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6 months ago (edited)

It likes a quiet place.

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#9

Boat Wreck Reclaimed By Nature And Turned Into An Island

Boat Wreck Reclaimed By Nature And Turned Into An Island

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wanderlust
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6 months ago

that is like, the legit coolest thing I've ever seen.😍😍😍

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Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) — human-made chemicals such as PCBs that currently can’t be broken down in nature — would also leave a mark. "Some of these POPs may be around until the end of time on Earth. In time, however, they will be safely buried away." The combined rapid and slow release of all the polluting waste we leave behind would undoubtedly have damaging effects on surrounding habitats and wildlife, however, that doesn't necessarily mean total destruction: one quick look at the rebounding of wildlife at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster shows that nature can be resilient on short timescales, even under such extremes.

Meanwhile, petroleum waste that spills or seeps into the ground at industrial sites and factories would be broken down and reused by microbes and plants in just a few decades. 

#10

Abandoned Synagogue

Abandoned Synagogue

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Kaisa
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6 months ago

This is an amazing pic

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#11

Abandoned Castle In Ireland

Abandoned Castle In Ireland

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nanashi
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6 months ago

so much effort must have been made to build a castle on a what seemed to be a little island, only to be abandoned much later...

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#12

Real Grass Growing Through The Fake Grass

Real Grass Growing Through The Fake Grass

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

"uhm, life...uh, finds a way"

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With all that polluting legacy unfolding, water running underground in cities would corrode the metal structures that hold up the streets above subterranean transport systems, and whole avenues would collapse, transforming suddenly into mid-city rivers, Weisman said.

Over successive winters, without our regular de-icing, pavements would crack and provide new niches for seeds to take root — carried on the wind and excreted by overflying birds — and develop into trees that continue the gradual dismemberment of pavements and roads. The same would happen to bridges. Add some general degradation and these structures could collapse within a few hundred years. 

#13

A Friend Found This Out Hiking And Posted It On FB, Thought It Was Pretty Cool

A Friend Found This Out Hiking And Posted It On FB, Thought It Was Pretty Cool

I'm assuming the fabric and padding created a moist coarse surface for the moss to exploit.

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

It's a sad reflection on our society that even muppets can be murdered and dumped in the woods. Netflix docuseries coming soon

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#14

The Roots Grow According To The Pavement Pattern

The Roots Grow According To The Pavement Pattern

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago

Not sure if nature or "civilization" won this one

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#15

An Agave Growing Massive In This Long-Abandoned Greenhouse

An Agave Growing Massive In This Long-Abandoned Greenhouse

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ADHORTATOR
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6 months ago (edited)

Feed me , Seymour...

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#16

Found A Tree Growing Through A Stone Wall

Found A Tree Growing Through A Stone Wall

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

Tree: "I'll just squeeze through here..." * inhales, tucks branches in*

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With all this fresh new habitat opening up, nature would march in, pasting over the formerly concrete jungle with grasslands, shrubbery, and dense stands of trees. Weisman said that would cause the accumulation of dry organic material, such as leaves and twigs. "Fires are going to create a lot of charred material that will fall to the street, which is going to be terrific for nurturing biological life. The streets will convert to little grasslands and forests growing up within 500 years," he said.

#17

Tree Growing Around A Hiking Sign

Tree Growing Around A Hiking Sign

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

It's perfect how it has only left the most important part of the sign

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#18

130,000-Year-Old Neanderthal Skull Encased In Stalagmites, Found In A Sinkhole In A Cave In Italy

130,000-Year-Old Neanderthal Skull Encased In Stalagmites, Found In A Sinkhole In A Cave In Italy

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Aski Markup
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6 months ago

This one gives me the heebie jeebies.

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#19

Abandoned Bridge In New Zealand

Abandoned Bridge In New Zealand

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago (edited)

I like the thought behind this. People obviously needed to cross at this place urgently enough to build a bridge. And then they didn't.

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#20

This Tree Has Grown Round The Railing

This Tree Has Grown Round The Railing

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Kaisa
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6 months ago

I don't see any trees.

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According to Weisman, buildings would degrade from hundreds of years of damage from erosion and fire. The first to topple would be modern glass and metal structures that would shatter and rust.

On the other hand, "buildings that will last the longest are the ones made out of the Earth itself" — like stone structures, Weisman added. But even those would ultimately become a softened version of themselves: the defined, iconic skylines we know so well today would disappear.

#21

Ghostly Overgrown Villa In Germany

Ghostly Overgrown Villa In Germany

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William Faulk
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6 months ago

It's sad, that most of these places are in Germany, or somewhere in that area.

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#22

Old Abandoned Tracks

Old Abandoned Tracks

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Eva Schmutz
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6 months ago

magnificent

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#23

This Oak Tree Growing Through A Railing

This Oak Tree Growing Through A Railing

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Daria Z
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6 months ago

So cool!

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Earth might eventually become lusher and more diverse — but we should also address climate change, arguably humanity's most indelible impact on the planet. Weisman said that making useful predictions about what will unfold can be tricky. For example, if there are explosions at industrial plants, or oil or gas wellheads that continue to burn long after we're all gone, huge amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide would continue to be discharged into the atmosphere.

But carbon dioxide doesn't stay suspended in the atmosphere forever: our oceans are essential to absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. Of course, there are still limits to how much of it the ocean can take up without its own waters acidifying to unhealthy levels — potentially to the detriment of thousands of marine species.

#24

Becoming One With Nature

Becoming One With Nature

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Johnny Rodriguez
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6 months ago

It's like a very, very slow car crash..

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#25

Nature Wins Again. Found This While Hiking In Boothbay, Maine

Nature Wins Again. Found This While Hiking In Boothbay, Maine

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Serial pacifist
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6 months ago

It looks like the tree is about to chew up and swallow the tombstone of mister Alfred Caswell.

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#26

This Overgrown Boat We Saw. Nature Ship "Ms Heimliche Liebe"

This Overgrown Boat We Saw. Nature Ship "Ms Heimliche Liebe"

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Johnny Rodriguez
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6 months ago

It's 'secret love' in english..

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#27

This Abandoned Greenhouse

This Abandoned Greenhouse

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago (edited)

Legend has it that if you visit this place at midnight on June 21st you will see the ghost of Mr Robert Lloyd proposing marriage to the ghost of Miss Violet Carstairs on her 21st birthday. Tragically, six weeks later they both died in a freak pruning accident

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Taking a glimpse at this imagined future might inspire us to be more mindful of our actions. Weisman sees an inherent value to visualizing a world without us. That is why he decided to write his book in the first place. He explained that when he started out, he was conscious that many people avoid environmental stories because it makes them feel bad about contributing to the damage we're doing to the planet, and how in turn, that's hastening our own demise. "I found out a way to get rid of the fear factor was just to kill [humans] off first," he said.

#28

This Plant Has Been Trying To Stealthily Steal My Broom For Months

This Plant Has Been Trying To Stealthily Steal My Broom For Months

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

How long as that broom been there?

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#29

Mossy Initiation Path In The Quinta Da Regaleira, Portugal

Mossy Initiation Path In The Quinta Da Regaleira, Portugal

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kristy sickles
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6 months ago (edited)

Honest question...What would have been the purpose for building this?

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#30

Radioactive Cars From The Fukushima Disaster Slowly Being Eaten By Nature

Radioactive Cars From The Fukushima Disaster Slowly Being Eaten By Nature

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varwenea
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6 months ago

The worst traffic jam ever and radioactive for centuries more.

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#31

House Abandoned And Retaken By The Desert In California

House Abandoned And Retaken By The Desert In California

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6 months ago

That is some beautiful sand.

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#32

Quasi-Legible Moss Growing In The Letters Of This Fallen Tombstone

Quasi-Legible Moss Growing In The Letters Of This Fallen Tombstone

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Walter
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6 months ago (edited)

reminds me of those stone monuments at zora's domain in breath of the wild

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#33

A Piano Left To Nature

A Piano Left To Nature

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Emma_Aitana yay
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6 months ago

I wonder if it still works?

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#34

Fern Growing Under A Circular Roof Hole

Fern Growing Under A Circular Roof Hole

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Linus Nilsson
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6 months ago

I'm getting survival-fps feelings from this one

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#35

Abandoned Roller Coaster Being Taken Over By Nature

Abandoned Roller Coaster Being Taken Over By Nature

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Oskar vanZandt
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6 months ago

The kind of rollercoaster I can appreciate...

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#36

Nature Took Over. 1965 vs. 2012

Nature Took Over. 1965 vs. 2012

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

It's a fixer-upper!

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#37

Ivy Overtaking A Car

Ivy Overtaking A Car

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Liz the Wanderer
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6 months ago

And a building.

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#38

Abandoned Place Reclaimed By Nature

Abandoned Place Reclaimed By Nature

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

I have seen buildings like this a lot, sometimes it's a restaurant and I always have the same question... where are the toilets?

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#39

MS World Discoverer Was A German Expedition Cruise Ship. It Hit A Uncharted Reef In The Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands, 29 April, 2000

MS World Discoverer Was A German Expedition Cruise Ship. It Hit A Uncharted Reef In The Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands, 29 April, 2000

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WaterHydraMC
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6 months ago

Beautiful!

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#40

Abandoned Tank

Abandoned Tank

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nanashi
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6 months ago

forgotten ghost of the horrid past

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#41

Took My Dad To See If His First Car Was Still Where He Left It When Its Engine Seized - 40 Years Ago. It Was

Took My Dad To See If His First Car Was Still Where He Left It When Its Engine Seized - 40 Years Ago. It Was

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Kaisa
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6 months ago

Why would you just leave a car there?

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#42

A Tree Somehow Growing In A Mexico City's Pedestrian Bridge

A Tree Somehow Growing In A Mexico City's Pedestrian Bridge

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nanashi
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6 months ago

and whoever painted the fence took absolute care not to ruin the tree.

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#43

This Blanket Has Been Sitting Since October. A Species Of Creeping Ivy Started Growing Through It, But Only Thriving Where The Black Bands Of Color Are

This Blanket Has Been Sitting Since October. A Species Of Creeping Ivy Started Growing Through It, But Only Thriving Where The Black Bands Of Color Are

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soni w
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6 months ago

White reflects the sun and burns the underside of the plant, black absorbs it and keeps the underside warm and moist? Maybe?

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#44

While My Sister Was On A Long Business Trip An Outdoor Plant Grew Indoors Through A Locked Window

While My Sister Was On A Long Business Trip An Outdoor Plant Grew Indoors Through A Locked Window

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Samantha Lomb
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6 months ago

Virginia creeper. Could be worse. At least it isn't poison ivy

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#45

This Tree Swallowing A Trespassing Sign

This Tree Swallowing A Trespassing Sign

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Sum Guy
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6 months ago

Now you can claim you didn't see the trespassing sign

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#46

Apartment Complex In Keelung, Taiwan Slowly Overtaken By Trees

Apartment Complex In Keelung, Taiwan Slowly Overtaken By Trees

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Verena Gitterle
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6 months ago

Hopefully the green will overtake the whole ugly thing

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#47

Tree That Grew Through And Around A Wagon Wheel

Tree That Grew Through And Around A Wagon Wheel

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Julia Atkinson
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6 months ago

"Three wheels on my wagon..."

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#48

This Gate Has Been Open For So Long That A Bush Has Grown Around It

This Gate Has Been Open For So Long That A Bush Has Grown Around It

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Oskar vanZandt
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6 months ago

Not a security gate, then...

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#49

Abandoned Paper Mill With Nature Starting To Take Over

Abandoned Paper Mill With Nature Starting To Take Over

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Shelli Aderman
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6 months ago

The ultimate revenge!

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#50

Hotel In Southern Europe

Hotel In Southern Europe

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rosid rukmana
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6 months ago

Imagine the ghosts that living there.

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