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8 Dreamlike Abandoned Settings Being Reclaimed by Nature | Tree Hugger

8 Dreamlike Abandoned Settings Being Reclaimed by Nature | Tree Hugger

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

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Amazing photos, JoAnn. I wonder how long it would take for Nature to recover the toxic wastelands of the Alberta tar sands.

  2. Robert A. Vella

    This reminds me of that “Life After People” cable program which visualized what human civilization would look like decades, centuries, and millennia after we were all gone. Steel and steel-reinforced concrete structures wouldn’t last very long. Stone, on the other hand, is much more durable. The Egyptian pyramids and the Mount Rushmore monuments, for example, could remain recognizable for perhaps thousands of years.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus

      I also watched that series. Perhaps our civilization will be remembered for its plastic artifacts.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        That’s right, plastic is certainly durable.

      • Robert A. Vella

        Yes Ros, plastic decomposes very, very slowly.

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