Given time, nature overcomes civilization. Effortlessly. Melissa Breyer of Tree Hugger compiles photographs that prove it. Stunning photojournalism.

Nature overtakes civilization

Photo: Michiel Van Balen/Flickr/CC

“There’s a strange and undeniable draw towards abandoned places. Ghost towns, urban movie palaces, grand shipwrecks, overgrown castles and the like; they lure in adventurers with their promise of poignancy and a special nostalgic brand of voyeurism. They offer visitors no small measure of irony, what with their juxtaposition of one-time splendor mixed with dilapidation… [For] nature lovers, the best part may be the simple beauty of the wild world reclaiming that which it once called its own…” ~ Melissa Breyer

SEE MORE: 8 Dreamlike Abandoned Settings Being Reclaimed by Nature | Tree Hugger

Wayside Gems

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