STUNNING photos show what forgotten man-made structures look like after they’ve been reclaimed by nature, The Sun reports. Gorgeous greenery has stretched its way across these abandoned buildings, in pictures that are reminiscent of John Wyndham’s legendary tale, The Day of the Triffids.
Now that humans no longer walk through the environment, plants have sprung up and have taken on a life of their own. The charming snaps have been taken in locations around Europe by youth worker Stefan Baumann. Dedicated photographer Stefan has spent the past three years wandering around spooky abandoned locations that have provided a home for the vivid vegetation.
Locations including Italy, France, and his home country of Austria, provide a setting for the awe-inspiring images, which show nature reclaiming what’s rightfully hers. Most of the photos feature a plant colloquially known as English ivy, a climbing plants which is native to Europe, western Asia and north Africa.
Staggeringly, in ideal conditions, the sprawling vines can grow to almost 100ft in height. Stefan explained: “Most of the time ivy is the first plant to take over. “In regions where it is cooler or with high humidity, fern and moss are the first to show up, followed by mushrooms. “I have seen roots of trees that have broken floors, water damage that has made ball rooms look like a swimming pool and mushrooms growing indoors up to ankle height.
“I have visited over three hundred abandoned sites in the last three years and I have seen several places that I could call my favourite. “I’m very in love with Italian architecture and I also love the Mediterranean decay and vegetation.” Stefan added: “I want to show what happens when mankind abandons a place to its fate as well as holding up a mirror to society and documenting the beauty that becomes unoccupied while thousands of new buildings are built every day.
‘When people see these photos there are always the same questions that arise like ‘how can something beautiful become abandoned?’ or ‘why isn’t there anybody who wants to renovate this place?’ and I have to admit I ask myself these questions too.”