21 Photos Of Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization

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You might have to plant the flowers in your backyard to see some green action, but plants will grow from just about anywhere if you give them enough time. If you abandoned your home today and returned many years later, you might find trees growing right out of your bedroom walls, and plants the size of beanstalks shooting straight up out of your floorboards.

Plants are incredibly resilient, and can grow from the most unlikely places so long as they have a source of sun and water. These man-made objects, buildings, and entire cities are no match for the rapid growth of plant life. Check out these unbelievable photos of nature wining the battle against civilization.

The Bicycle Tree 

This bicycle now permanently belongs to a tree on Vashion Island in Washington.

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The After Life of a 160-Year-Old Railway 

Located in Paris, this old railway was long ago abandoned, allowing the beauty of nature to grow and prosper in place of humans.

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Abandoned Shopping Mall 

Once a shopping mall in Bangkok, this place is now taken over by large schools of fish.

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Learn more about this self-sustaining urban ecosystem that was once a shopping mall. 

Abandoned Ferris Wheel 

This ferris wheel is more beautiful than ever now that it has foliage growing in just the right design.

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Abandoned Castle 

When the occupants of this mansion near Kilgarvan, Ireland ditched their royal digs, a whole plethora of beautiful plants was waiting and ready to grow in their place.

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Tree Garden Grows From Buildings in Hong Kong 

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Abandoned Railway in Paris 

This inner city railway used to offer transportation to the people of Paris. After being left abandoned, a bunch of pretty flowers had the chance to grow in!

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Abandoned Mill in Italy 

This old and long-abandoned mill in Sorrento, Italy looks more like vegetation covered cliffside than a factory.

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Ghost Town in Pripyat, Ukraine 

Once a bustling city-center, Chernobyl is now a radioactive ghost town populated only by trees and plants.

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Mining Town Turns Into Ghost Town 

In Namibia, there was once a prosperous mining town. After the miners up and moved away the sands of the Namibia desert took over. Give it enough time and this entire town will be completely covered in sand for future civilizations to dig up.

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Where Cars Go To Die 

This vintage automobile graveyard located in Belgium looks like a line of abandonded traffic in the middle of a tree-lined forest.

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Find out why all of these cars were left parked like this. 

Abandoned Town, Kamchatka, Russia 

This building once stood in a fishermen’s town. Since its glory days, the waters have rushed in, slowly washing away all traces of the town…

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Abandoned Hotel Room 

A unique look inside of a building overrun by nature.

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I.M. Cooling Tower in Belgium 

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Abandoned Ship In Australia 

Located in Sydney, Australia, this 102-year-old abandoned ship looks like it might contain more animals than Noah’s Ark!

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Abandoned Train Station in Abkhazia, Georgia 

This Georgian train station was built with attention to every last detail, and then it was left abandoned. At which point, nature came in and added her own details–including plenty pops of color to offset all of the white.

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The Piano Tree in California 

Someone’s old piano has now been turned into a tree.

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Abandoned Temple in Angkor, Cambodia 

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Tree Roots Outgrow Surrounding Sidewalk 

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See more tree roots winning the battle against brick and concrete. 

Photo Credits: Crackoala, Romain JL, messynessychic.com, Ethan Welty, Jesse Rockwell, Jason Wallace, Kyle Telechan, Rosanne de Lange, Marsel Van Oosten, Pierre Folk, AndyBrii, worldbeyondyourown, Wei-Feng Xue,  Sam Abell, llya Varlamov, brokenview, englishrussia.com, Pietro Bevilacqua, Brad Grove, Matthias Haker, Castlemaineindependent.org