Abandoned Places Entirely Overtaken by Nature

I’ve experienced some interesting things over the years I have spent photographing abandoned, or historic places. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph world famous boxer Mike Tyson’s former home. I’ve wandered the halls of some of the country’s largest and oldest insane asylums that hold some of the darkest histories. I’ve visited the interesting town of Spectre from the film Big Fish (yes, it does exist.) I’ve wandered the halls and field of one of the country’s largest football stadiums ever built. But among all of the things I have captured, and continue to capture, some of my favorite scenes will always be those where nature has invited itself into or onto a structure, taking it over entirely.

Imagine one of the places I had mentioned above. Imagine it in its prime of life, the way you would normally see it. Now fast forward and flip to an alternate reality, and we have carpet replaced by moss, and ivy hugging tightly to window panes until finally bursting through the glass, winding throughout rooms. We all visit restaurants and diners, gas stations, stadiums, hospitals and clinics, schools and more. But how often is it that we visit one of those places, and find a tree growing through the table?

The contrast between life and death shown through something as simple as the living room inside of an abandoned home; I think that’s what draws me to scenes like this. There’s that old saying “you have to be able to find the light in the darkness,” or whatever other hundreds of variations you can come up with for it. I know, it’s an overused and cliche phrase at this point, but I’ve always enjoyed heavy contrasts in art, and this is probably one of the better sayings to describe that exact type of contrast. Then you have that whole “one man’s trash in another man’s treasure.” Well, that one man’s (or woman’s) trash became worn down, decrepit and dark, but years later, that darkness is now being beautifully contrasted by brightness of nature making its way into a place that it would not normally be seen. That’s what I find so interesting about it. Someone just left something to rot, but nature came in, and created a beautiful work of art from it. Nature paints the most beautiful pictures.

I wanted to share some of my favorite examples of this that I have photographed:

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Abandoned Amusement Park Being Taken Over by Nature
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Abandoned Turnpike Being Swallowed by Trees
Abandoned Overgrown Asylum
Abandoned Overgrown Asylum
Tree Grows From Window of an Abandoned School
A tree grows from the second story floor of an abandoned school
Overgrowth in New Orleans
Overgrowth in New Orleans
Ivy Frames A Scene from an Abandoned Home
Ivy Frames A Scene from an Abandoned Home
Ivy Climbs the Walls of an Abandoned Factory
Ivy Climbs the Walls of an Abandoned Factory
Abandoned Shops with Nature Inside
Abandoned Shops with Nature Inside
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Abandoned School Filled With Snow
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Abandoned Overgrown US Armory
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Abandoned Overgrown Train Tracks
Abandoned Overgrown School
Abandoned Overgrown School
Abandoned Overgrown Nike Missile Base 2
Abandoned Overgrown Nike Missile Base 2
Abandoned Overgrown Mall
Abandoned Overgrown Mall
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Abandoned Overgrown Greenhouse
Abandoned Overgrown Fairy House
Abandoned Overgrown “Fairy House”
Abandoned Overgrown Coalwood High School 2
Abandoned Overgrown Coalwood High School
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Abandoned Overgrown Car
Abandoned Home Filled with Leaves
Abandoned Home Filled with Leaves
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Abandoned Home Consumed by Ivy 1
Abandoned Home Consumed by Ivy 3
Abandoned Home Consumed by Ivy 2
Abandoned Home Consumed by Ivy 2
Abandoned Home Consumed by Ivy 3
Abandoned Glass Cooridor Overgrown
Abandoned Glass Cooridor Overgrown
Overgrowth Pushing Into Bedroom 2
Overgrowth Pushing Into Bedroom 1
Overgrowth Pushing Into Bedroom
Overgrowth Pushing Into Bedroom 2
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12 thoughts on “Abandoned Places Entirely Overtaken by Nature

  1. The contrasts are amazing! Elements against elements! Wood fighting to stay up with live wood and leave pushing in to take over or reclaim space. You have definitely seen some amazing things. The old abandoned school and mall I find particularly interesting. I wonder what people though would happen to them!

    Where I live in Maine, people try to take every old building and re-purpose it into something: housing, small business, community centers etc…!

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  2. These are so beautiful! I especially love the snow in the school room. What a treasure to find. It makes the imagination go wild to think what will happen post-humans.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection .

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  3. Wow! I love those kind of places too. It always makes me feel something so pleasantly eerie. That’s probably the only way I could explain it. It makes me wonder and dream about all of the stories that those broken walls and grown plants would’ve seen.. ❤
    And I don’t have to mention, your photographs are sooooo good! 💕

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  4. Wonderful! That ferris wheel is really amazing – great photographs! There’s something really comforting about nature carrying on, covering up, reminding us no matter what mistakes we make, or however much we fear we’ve ruined everything, we’re really just an epoch.

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