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article imageOp-Ed: Nature versus stone — Break on through to the other side

By R. C. Camphausen     May 8, 2013 in Environment
While I'm aware that today's world can no longer function without the infrastructure made of concrete, stone, metal - there's always a tiny leap of joy that makes me reach for the camera when I see nature breaking through stone -- against all odds.
There's not much to say that can add to the introduction above, because the images I've collected here for your viewing pleasure really say more than the proverbial thousand words.
Like many or most readers, I'm an urban creature by birth and by education, but my point of view regarding modern life has later been shaped and reshaped by way of abundant travels to places where 'nature' is still a dominant force -- not a park downtown, a zoo on Sunday or fields of potatoes or wheat viewed at sunset.
Coming back from places like rural India or from trekking in the Himalayas, from crossing through Afghanistan or living in a tiny village on Crete, what always shocked me on returning to the city was the incredible amount of concrete, tarmac and pavement we've slapped on the face of the earth.
Nature versus Stone: Pavement in Amsterdam
Nature versus Stone: Pavement in Amsterdam
It's astounding that the earth still can breathe, it's no wonder that the planet is dying under the onslaught, there's a compelling reason that humanity seeks to leave this place and that there are 78,000 volunteers daring a voyage to Mars.
This is the background for the photographs that follow, collecting tiny signs where nature, in the form of plants, succeeds in breaking through the barriers we've created and continue to create.
Some may laugh in face of the tiny tiny plants asserting themselves, others will not - it's all in the eye of the beholder.
Nature versus Stone: Ancient wall at Knossos
Nature versus Stone: Ancient wall at Knossos
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature versus Stone
Nature asserts itself in an old car
Nature asserts itself in an old car
Considering that my title for this photo-essay was inspired by the song Break on through (to the other side) by The Doors, here's the video.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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