Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

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#1)  Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

Postby PAwildernessadvocate » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:29 pm

Old greenhouses along Ohio Route 2 west of Cleveland being reclaimed by trees and nature. I took these photos during a recent trip to Michigan. Sorta reminds me of the lyrics to the song "Willie Says" by Dana Lyons.

And she laughs and tells me that it's temporary
Underneath the wild garden waits to grow

The forest here will rise and bloom again
There's a world beneath the pavement that will never end




               
                       
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#2)  Re: Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

Postby Joe » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:04 am

I enjoy it when I see nature overcoming the creations of humans. I like seeing plants break through asphault and cement. I've taken photos of those- I'll have to dig them out. I like the quote from E.O. Wilson and of course he's right. yet, here in Mass., out state environmental officials, especially the wildlife agency, think the best way to enhance habitat in this state is HUGE clearcuts!

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#3)  Re: Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

Postby dbhguru » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:27 pm

Joe,

  I expect that the impulse to clear-cut has deeper psychological explanations than those we typically accept. Of course, the surface reasons given for clear-cutting by those who do it are propaganda, given to rationalize exploitation. But on a deeper level, I think short-sighted Homo Sapiens feel more secure when they have absolute control of the space around them. Big trees probably interfere with that sense of security.

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#4)  Re: Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

Postby Joe » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:01 pm

Here's a photo of a tiny clover growing in sand in the gap between blocks of cement in my backyard patio.
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#5)  Re: Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

Postby Don » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:15 pm

A song I'd associated with Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger came to mind, and after a brief internet search, I'm pasting the lyrics and source, as it seems of a kind...

God Bless the Grass
Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1964 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1992. People often think of this as an ecology song, but Malvina wrote it after reading Mark Lane’s comments about the John F. Kennedy assassination.


God bless the grass that grows thru the crack.
They roll the concrete over it to try and keep it back.
The concrete gets tired of what it has to do,
It breaks and it buckles and the grass grows thru,
And God bless the grass.

God bless the truth that fights toward the sun,
They roll the lies over it and think that it is done.
It moves through the ground and reaches for the air,
And after a while it is growing everywhere,
And God bless the grass.

God bless the grass that grows through cement.
It's green and it's tender and it's easily bent.
But after a while it lifts up its head,
For the grass is living and the stone is dead,
And God bless the grass.

God bless the grass that's gentle and low,
Its roots they are deep and its will is to grow.
And God bless the truth, the friend of the poor,
And the wild grass growing at the poor man's door,
And God bless the grass.
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#6)  Re: Old Ohio Greenhouses Reclaimed by Mother Nature

Postby Joe » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:29 am

Nice lyrics, Don- hadn't heard that one. I know most people here don't care for Tree of Heaven, but I once saw one growing up through a sidewalk grating in NYC. It had rooted in the scum 3-4' down and grew up just fine with about 2' poking up above the grating. I was impressed at its "will to  live".

Speaking of Guthrie, I've been to Arlo's house in the Berkshires twice over the years to talk about forestry- he owns 600-700 acres but he hasn't yet hired any forester as far as I know. I was hoping he'd hire me then write a song about the awesome forestry work I'd did for him. :)
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