The photographer of today’s startling urban plant picture, titled Nature wins, is Cécile Obertop. Not surprisingly, she lives in Amsterdam, one of the most bike-centric cities in Europe. While I think it’s great that much of the population commutes by bike instead of driving, which you’d think could only mean good things for the environment and contribute to a clean, green city, talking to Cécile about this picture made me realize that the bike situation is not always a bed of roses.
Cécile says that the city is plagued with bikes like this one, left to die a slow death on the streets – or get eaten by plants.”This bike is one of many, many abandoned ‘orphan’ bikes in Amsterdam, a real problem because there are so many thousands and they clog up the official bike parking racks and the rest of the city,” says Cécile.
Why would so many people dump bikes on the street instead of fixing or selling them? “I guess when a repair starts to cost more than a ‘new’ used bike,” she explains.
Well, it sounds like these bikes are considered by many as a nuisance and an eyesore, so perhaps this voracious ivy is doing Amsterdam residents a favor by eating this particular bike for lunch. Who said most plants are strictly autotrophs?
Thank you Cécile, for sharing your photo with us! Check out more of Cécile’s photos on Flickr and on Instagram, where she’s @cecile74.