20 Objects Devoured by the Jungle

Posted by admin On 4/14/2010 11 comments

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight… Anyone remember that popular tune? Not sure if lions sleep in the jungles we visit around the world (in pictures at least), but the jungle itself is sure eating into everything in its way: cars, planes, statues, temples, churches. Nothing seems safe from the clutches of nature.

And what’s most surprising is some jungles are not that far from home. Find out why some plants grow peacefully on the outside of buildings while others take over and speed up a structure’s decay in The Walls Are Alive.

Temples taken over by the jungle:

1. The Ta Prom temple complex in Angkor, Cambodia surely offers some astounding views of tree versus structure. At a closer look, this picture is even a bit scary, given how the trees are advancing from the top and from the ground.

Ta Prom in Cambodia

2. This amazing detail was captured in Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Notice how the tree has taken on the colour of the temple ruin (or is it the other way round?) and seems to be part of the structure, like a giant snake peeking down from the top. Don't miss how the roots have pushed the stone blocks apart (top right).

Detail in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

3. In this picture of another structure in Ta Prom, it looks like the tree first destroyed the temple and then changed its mind by deciding to form a second temple entrance.
Ta Pron, Cambodia

4. Here's a beautiful example of the power of a kapok tree in Angkor, Cambodia. Doesn't it look like a thin, white hand gripping the wall tightly?

Kapok tree in Angkor, Cambodia

5. These statues are peeking out from under a tree in Wat, Cambodia.

Statues under tree, Cambodia

6. Even this Buddha statue couldn't escape the Banyan tree's grip in Bangkok, Thailand. But being Buddha, he seems quite content with it.
Buddha taken over by tree

7. Even in Mexico, the Mayan ruins in Palenque have fared no better than the others: they are slowly being eaten up by the greedy jungle.
Temple ruins, Palenque, Mexico

Vehicles swallowed by the jungle:

8. Even vehicles are not safe from the clutches of the jungle - this jeep looks like it's been there a while. Notice how one tree root has grown around it.

Jeep in the jungle

9. This plane, too, has seen better days. It is now a rotting attraction in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize.

Plane wreck in Belize

10. What looks like the skeleton of a truck was actually once a plane too. What we can see here are the tail, elevators, rudder and the tail gunner of a plane used in World War II and crashed in Guam.

Plane wreck in Guam

11. Even boats are devoured by the jungle like this one here in Nicaragua.

Overgrown boat in Nicaragua

Houses in the jungle:

12. Okay, this is technically not a jungle though residents of Georgia, USA might know better but here, a creeper called kudzu has taken over so completely that one can barely make out wthat the vegetation is covering (it was a house).

House in Georgia taken over by kudzu

13. This stone house in Cairns, Australia is still maintained by someone (notice the flower pots in the front) but don't be fooled, the rainforest is approaching fast!

House in Cairns, australia

14. Someone got creative with this jungle shelter in Cambodia.

Jungle shelter in Cambodia

15. This structure in Argentinia could have been a house. Don't the tree roots look like stick figures climbing up? Framed by these blue flowers, it looks more like art than a building now.

Wall taken over by roots, Argentina

16. Here's a house in the city centre of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Are the roots trying to imitate the balcony design?
House in bissau

17. This house is not strictly in the jungle (more likely somewhere in Canada) but it just looks to picturesque. Must be good insulation, too.

Overgrown house

Jungle churches:

18. This church ruin can be found on Ross Island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The tree has taken over the church tower but also created a new roof.
Church on Ross Island

19. Here's a church ruin in a scenic spot in Corsica.

Church ruin in Corsica

20. This overgrown church window is too picturesque to be missed.

Overgrown church window

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is Argentina, no "Argentinia".

Anonymous said...

The Cairns, Australia image (#13) is actually a tourist attraction called Paronella Park - it was built by a rich Spaniard in the 30s.

The place includes some amazing gardens, a massive waterfall and a lot of stone, Indiana Jones style buildings...

Anonymous said...

watever

tolga said...

boring

Soendoro Soetanto said...

Interesting.

Soendoro Soetanto

Anonymous said...

he actually wasnt verry rich he just worked his arse off in preparation for a woman who was promised to him but he never wrote her and she thought he died so she married someone else he ended up marrying her sister and turned his forrest palace into a tourist attraction with north queenslands first mirror ball cinema and underground aquarium

Anonymous said...

Paronella Park went to ruin after the Paronella family sold it off, & was reclaimed by the jungle. The current owners have cleared & restored much of the original grounds, but the buildings are slowly crumbling. Fire, flood & cyclones all take their toll.

Kona said...

Very remarkable if you ask this humble person!

Anonymous said...

Paronella park is an amazing place and should be seen by anyone who can before the goes to waste. and i live in cairns and i didnt even know it was in cairns i thought it was south of cairns.

Anonymous said...

The one with the creepers over the house... there's tonnes of them in Japan, even central Tokyo. 1/4 of Japanese houses are abandoned and they just get vines growing over them. Locals call them "obakeuchi", literally "ghost house". In winter and spring they look like Chewbacca, in summer and autumn, a fluffy green blanket folded up between two skyscrapers, or besides a train station.

Anonymous said...

# 8. is a picture of a jeep in the phoenix zoo... you're a shitty blogger