A short time ago, I saw a show --I believe it was on the History Channel-- about what the world would be like once humans were gone, and I was amazed at just the small number of years it would take for our cities to turn into a mostly unrecognizable mass once mankind is gone and subsequently unable to provide the maintenance necessary to keep the big, wide, wild from regaining what we've borrowed.
I like this picture. These are the things which most catch my eye.
Now, this is a shot of the fence around the tennis court in the park near my house. As you can see, the branch that was growing has been cut off, and the tree is gone as well. The thing is, I've walked by this place many times over the years, and I remember the tree that grew into this fence. And, this is just a small chunk of my lifetime which I'm talking about here. In fact, it may be less than ten years that it took for this branch to work its way through the fence.
Of course, none of this is enough to make me want to mow the lawn, but it's interesting nonetheless. After all, once we're gone and the earth has shaken us from its rocky hide, in a ridiculously short time, there's really not going to be all that much to show that we were in fact here thriving like the busy little creatures we were.
Posted By Dan to The Wisdom of a Distracted Mind at 3/29/2008 03:12:00 PM