Nature Taking Over: Richmond

December 8, 2008 at 8:00 am 4 comments

When you think of nature, Richmond, Virginia isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind. But last summer after the Gogol Bordello concert, I did spend a day exploring the town. I took the Canal Walk about 1.25 miles down to Belle Isle for some hiking. Along the way, I saw plenty of nature. In fact, I saw a lot of cases where nature was taking back over!

James River and Hollywood Cemetery from Belle Isle

Nature Taking Over! A tree finds a way to grow on Belle Isle

Nature Taking Over! Look through this old valve and you see a tree growing

Nature Taking Over! Virginia Creeper spreading over an old dam

Nature is even taking over this cross in a more populated area. If you look closely, plants are growing on the rocks

A tree is finding a way to grow on bricks on the Canal Walk

Ah, I love witnessing nature’s persistence. You go, Mother Earth!

More pictures of the Richmond Canal Walk and Belle Isle can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Belle Isle, Canal Walk, Nature, Richmond, Travel, Virginia.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  December 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Does cudzu (sp?) make its way up where you’re at? Now THAT’S nature taking over!

  • 2. TGAW  |  December 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Yup, it sure is. Cue Clint to talk about his backyard.

    One thing that I learned this summer– you can eat Kudzu! There are websites out there with Kudzu recipes. I think there is even a Kudzu festival out there– with a Leaf Eating Contest and what festival would be complete without a Beauty Pageant. All little girls dream of one day being named Miss Kudzu!

  • 3. ideonexus  |  December 10, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Some of these would be great for the Nature Takes Over flickr groups. There’s more than one, but this was the only one I could find:

    Angel Dust
  • […] seen it in my yard, on the Appalachian Trail and on travels.  I’ve seen it creep and take over abandoned dams. I’ve seen it turn a gorgeous burgundy in the fall and I get to see Virginia Creeper any time […]


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