We talk about ‘saving the planet’ but what we really mean is saving ourselves. The planet was here before us and will be just fine without us. Mother Nature is a powerful force, strong enough to undo all the “progress” that makes us feel invincible. It won’t be quick, but it will be beautiful. Here’s proof.
Photographer Pierre Folks spent three years documenting the slow decay of this once popular stretch of Parisian railway, abandoned since 1934.
Home to a hospital, housing for WWII veterans, and a rehab center for teens at different times throughout its history, North Brother Island once looked like a well-manicured college campus. Abandoned for the past 50 years, it’s slowly returning to the wild.
After the nuclear disaster in 1986, Chernobyl was abandoned for obvious reasons. The lack of human activity gave the surrounding forest an opportunity to reclaim its rightful place. In these aerial images taken in the 1990s (top) and 2013 (bottom) you can see how trees have moved into engulf the former city.
The trains moved out, and this tree moved right in.
Legend has it that this bike was found in Sri Lanka, after a 3 decade long war. Apparently, it was a terrorist’s motor bike, found like this by government forces after they had been evicted.
Abandoned in the 1990s, this once bustling hotel has succumbed to creeping moss and plucky seedlings.
This park was built, but never opened.
It’s no secret that the Motor City has fallen on hard times. These crazy time lapse images show nature’s slow reclamation of an abandoned city block.