The Power of Nature

pine tree

I love big cities.  In particular, I love old architecture and urban decay.

Whenever we travel, or even when we’re just walking around Moscow, most of my photos are of buildings, or parts of buildings, like doors and windows.

Sometimes big cities accommodate nature, in the form of big parks or tree-lined streets.  Or there can be big pots or tubs, or garden beds full of beautiful plants and flowers, especially in spring.

plants in water
Plants can grow in all kinds of weird places

But sometimes nature has a mind of its own and decides, without any help from us, where it’s going to exist.

tree in building 1
Plants grow in deserted buildings

Therefore, sometimes you can find nature in the most unexpected places.

on a wall
Plants growing on a wall
nature in asphelt
How do they grow there?

Here are just some of the many examples of nature determined to succeed in the most difficult conditions.

How did it get up there?
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Up close

If only I had their strength and determination!  Imagine what I could achieve!

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Can you see it?
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Now you can

This little tree in Vilnius is still alive, if not a little frail, as you can see by these 2 photos taken 5 years apart!  I wonder what it will be like next time I visit.

Vilnius in 2010
This was taken in Vilnius in 2010
vilnius 2015
And these ones in 2015
Vilnius 2015 2

And here are a couple from our street.  A little weak and malnourished, but they’re trying really hard to grow up!

small tree 1
In the middle of nowhere
small tree 2
And up close
small one
I’m a little worried about this one

Next time you’re out and about, try and spot some trees or plants that are surviving despite all odds.  Send me your photos and I’ll add them to this post.

~ Cheryl

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Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

8 thoughts on “The Power of Nature”

    1. Hello Kathleen! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post. Yes, indeed, I’d love to half as much strength and will-power as some of those little plants have. I love seeing them around me while I’m out walking. Now it’s spring (here in Moscow, not in Australia!), so I’m sure there will be plenty more of them trying to push through the hardships life has thrown at them. Thanks again for popping in, hope to see you again. 🙂


  1. Why is it so difficult to grow what I want in my yard, but where I don’t want plants they grow with no problem?

    I recently took a picture similar to one of yours, a beautiful flower growing in a little hole of concrete.


    1. Hi Janine, I know! It’s not easy getting a good garden growing and here they are thriving (in most cases) in the most unexpected places! You’re right, the unwanted plants always seem to do really well! That’s life, I guess! I’ve seen many more examples of these recently, maybe I should update the post with some more photos. 🙂 It does give me hope, though, to see such a struggle rewarded with such success. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and reading and commenting. 🙂


  2. It is amazing at times to see where a plant will take root! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 14, open July 1 to 26. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.


  3. Interesting, I never thought about this, but when I lived in Chicago I remember plants growing out of the cracks in the sidewalks. Now I am going to be looking more closely. Thanks for posting, followed from the Unlimited Monthly link up.


    1. Hi Joyce, you’re right, if we look more closely we’ll see a lot of these little plants striving for life. I saw some today actually, in the steps leading up to a war memorial in a park here in Bucharest. I’m not sure how long they’ll last there, but I always give them some positive thoughts as I walk by, just hoping it keeps them alive a little bit longer. Thanks for visiting Born in a Car, nice to see you here. 🙂


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