Monday, August 01, 2011

Reverting to the wild state

The vacant lot across the street is no longer "vacant". One half, including the creek and shallow bug ponds, is so overgrown with tall grasses (2 metres and more) and blackberries, that it's impassible. And the "empty" side is knee-deep in grasses, sweet clover, vetches, daisies, and goldenrods, and a-buzz with bees, a-flutter with cabbage white butterflies.

This was bare mud and gravel, this spring.

Given time, Ma Nature takes back her own!


  1. "That's spect-TAC-ular."

    (then, upon zooming in on yellow blooms)
    "oh, wow, that's so great!"

    Quotes from me, despite being solo in the house. =)

    LOVE me some "vacant" lots.

    Delightful. Thanks!!

  2. Nature sure is quick. However, the "vacant" lot next to our condo has its beautiful natural sections, but the old tumble-down house and rotting truck make it mostly an eyesore. It used to be the location of a thriving fish and chips restaurants that was reported to have the best in town. But an all consuming fire put an end to that. I guess it is lucky that our condo building didn't catch on fire. It is only metres away from the old foundation. - Margy

  3. Some stidies here in the UK have shown 'brownfirld' sites to actually have more wildlife than intensively farmed areas. When Bristol Zoo did a reintroduction project for water voles the rlease site was a canal behind a major warehousing area - practically urban 9they are doing well by the way) It is just the appearance of such places that turns people off - the wildlife often doesn't care

  4. That's really interesting, Alan. This vacant lot thrives, no matter how often the bulldozers come in and "fix" it.


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