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 aroundthe world (in pictures at least), but the jungle itself is sure eatinginto 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 outsideof buildings while others take over and speed up a structure’s decay inThe 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 thetemple ruin (or is it the other way round?) and seems to be part of thestructure, 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, itlooks like the tree first destroyed the temple and then changed itsmind by deciding to form a second temple entrance.

Ta Pron, Cambodia


4. Here's a beautiful example of the power of a kapoktree in Angkor, Cambodia. Doesn't it look like a thin, white handgripping 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 Banyantree's grip in Bangkok, Thailand. But being Buddha, he seems quitecontent with it.

Buddha taken over by tree


7. Even in Mexico, the Mayan ruins in Palenque havefared no better than the others: they are slowly being eaten up by thegreedy jungle.

Temple ruins, Palenque, Mexico


Vehicles swallowed by the jungle:

8. Even vehicles are not safe from the clutches of thejungle - this jeep looks like it's been there a while. Notice how onetree 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 thoughresidents of Georgia, USA might know better but here, a creeper calledkudzu has taken over so completely that one can barely make out wthatthe vegetation is covering (it was a house).

House in Georgia taken over by kudzu


13. This stone house in Cairns, Australia is stillmaintained by someone (notice the flower pots in the front) but don'tbe 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 ahouse. Don't the tree roots look like stick figures climbing up? Framedby 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 (morelikely somewhere in Canada) but it just looks to picturesque. Must begood 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


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Date: 22 Jan 2011 | Author: mesmerX | Category: News | Views: 6155

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