Archive for the ‘nature’ Category


June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve always been intrigued by crypto-forestry, the resurgence of nature in environments that had been shaped by humankind. A few short years ago there was a supermarket here. It was demolished and the land has been unoccupied ever since.

Nothing here was ‘planted’ by humans. Nature is reclaiming the property. The cement is cracking, plants are finding welcoming niches and taking root. There is no guiding hand of landscape design. And yet there is a strange sense of order as the plant life asserts itself around the framework left behind by people.

Categories: industrial, landscape, nature


June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s a bike trail I frequent that runs alongside a creek. A couple of months ago the creek flooded. Seriously flooded. There is still detritus jammed in the fence that tops the flood wall.

For some reason, that makes me happy. It’s not that I’m in favor of flooding, it’s just that I appreciate the reality that nature is unruly.

Categories: nature, suburbs

hint of things to come

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

There are so many things to like about vines growing on the sides of buildings. They form a habitat–almost an ecosystem–inhabited by small animals and insects. They bring the natural world closer to the people who live or work in the buildings. And hey, they’re pretty.

But there’s also the fact that growing vines are a reminder that the natural world is always trying to reclaim its territory. Given time and opportunity, these vines will pull these bricks down and reduce this lovely window to lovely rubble.

Categories: buildings, nature