INSTRUCTIONS: Search for, find, document an example of nature refusing to yield to or blending itself into a construction of modern man.
Document with photos when possible.
Examples should document situations where man has put up some restraint for nature and nature has disobeyed. While trees or other permanent plants are preferable, a basic example would be plants that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk.
To call observing the wilds of nature overtaking human construction an obsession of mine would be a serious understatement.
Simply sharing my photographs from the past would be a retro-completion and a cheat; my archive of literally hundreds of such snapshots are irrelevant to the task on their own. So I took a day to visit some of my most beloved sites in order to show nature taking back these spaces over time. Some journeys proved more fruitful than others; I discovered that my favourite monument to natural reclamation no longer exists at all.
I plan to continually add to this praxis as I have the opportunity to revisit more distant landmarks. Any excuse to for such a pilgrimage is welcome.
Enchanted Forest, August 2006 (left) and September 2008 (right)
Thistle Mill, August 2005 (left) and September 2008 (right)
Westport Power Plant roof, January 2007 (pictured) and September 2008.
Even from the highway to Westport, I could tell that my rooftop tree was no more. The power plant, built in 1906 and closed in 1993, had finally succumbed not to the moss and ferns and trees and scavenging animals growing in and on it, but to a wrecking ball that had already caved in this part of the roof. A chance to visit this tree and the sycamore growing inside the glass-walled engine room when they had green leaves in defiance of their coal-blackened environs was denied. Humanity has the last laugh, here. For now.