Many of us think of man as "dominating and destroying the world", to the point where we forget how resilient nature is.  Came across this interesting photo essay from Telegraph Travel on places nature has come back.  Well worth a look, I think, so here's a link to that.

 

Can you think of other places where nature has come back and almost hidden the work of man?  One I can clearly remember are the Mayan ruins of Central America.  Until they were dug out, centuries of abandonment had caused them to be obscured and covered by the jungle. 

 

Guatemala, stairs going to a tomb. Courtesy Dennis Jarvis and Wikimedia

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

Attachments

Images (1)
Last edited by DrFumblefinger
Original Post

Walking through wooded areas in rural New England (including in park land), it's not uncommon to come on foundations or other evidence of human occupation, and we're not talking paleolithic! Industrialization, urbanization and westward expansion lowered population levels in rural New England in the later 1800s, and today more of New England is covered in forest than at the time of the American Revolution! Old farmsteads, mills, even villages just disappeared.  

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Excellent observation, PHeymont.  I notice the same when hiking through the forests in the west.  Log cabins, old mines -- mostly all gone and taken over by nature.  

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

Add Reply

Post
×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×