Abandoned Greenhouses [Niezdów, Poland]

It’s always a nice surprise to find a place you don’t know about before reaching the final point of the trip. I was on the way to quite well known site in the area I was visiting when I saw something that made me stop and turn off the road. As it appeared later, it was worth to do that.

The mentioned unexpected find were huge abandoned greenhouses—seeing them left no doubt there’s something amazing hiding inside. It was a construction of a few buildings, made mainly from glass, so they were full of light, and the walls were coloured with the colour of the sky and fields surrounding the place. All that together with glass and dry plants created an incredible composition hard to take eyes off it and invited to enter the building.

Exploring abandoned greenhouses can be a real challenge as there’s often a jungle inside impossible to go through. Luckily I was there at the end of February, the time when the war between nature and civilisation, so common for abandoned places, was temporarily stopped. The building was counting the losses caused by nature and its merciless ally, time, while the nature was getting ready for the next battle. That’s why the site was rather empty and that allowed me to have a closer look on the decaying interior and its details, like a huge tap—now only emptiness is flowing from it, a rusty plough—seemed that it hadn’t been tasting a soil since years, tiny twines—once embraced by ivy plants, now they only enhanced the impression of a void filling the place. Taken together they created an unforgettable atmosphere—a bit gloomy because of decay, but at the same time joyful due to the bright colours around.

The temporary period of peace in the greenhouses lasts only during the cold time of the year, until the first spring sunrays wake up the army of plants. Little by little, year by year, these fragile soldiers fight for each square centimetre of the place, in this way trying to destroy the massive construction of the greenhouses. And the fight is quite successfull, it seems—nature as usual knows how to get back what once belonged to her.

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