Nature is not always within the reach for people who live in the cities, but it is often just a short walk away.
Many species find remarkable ways of adapting and flourishing in urban settings. New research suggests that cities drive the evolution of species that live within them and may even spawn new ones.
Rays of Spring
Walk to Work
Rock N' Knock
Lovely World Outside
Come Out, Princess
Quiet SorrowCemetery at Südstern. Berlin, Germany
Common ivy (Hedera helix), dark green in this picture, and Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), red in this picture, are both common in cities where they climb on trees, houses and other structures up to 30m high.
Summer GlowKomiža. Vis Island, Croatia
Welcome InFrauenalb. Baden-Würtemberg, Germany
Coming UpBoston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) in Rovereto, Italy
Climbing plants, commonly called vines, have developed several strategies to climb vertical structures. Some grow clinging roots or adhesive pads to firmly attach to the support (as it is the case here), while others twig their stems or develop branched thorns and hooks.
Rays of SpringToulouse, France
Walk to WorkFriedrichshagen. Berlin, Germany
Silent IntelligenceNikola Tesla Monument in front of several Technical Faculties of the University of Belgrade. Belgrade, Serbia
Nikola Tesla was a famous inventor ahead of his time. It is less known that he advocated for renewable energy. He recognized that fossil fuels were not sustainable, and in 1900 he wrote about harnessing energy from natural sources (e.g. sun, wind, water and terrestrial heat), which he saw as a clear direction for future material development.
Just around the corner, you can visit the Nikola Tesla Museum and experience some of his most important inventions first-hand. This is where many of his personal belongings and the urn with his remains are displayed.
Rainbow WindowsBergmannstraße. Berlin, Germany
Boston Ivy or Japanese Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is a common ornamental plant in Europe, that originates from eastern Asia. In autumn, its leaves spectacularly change colors as green pigments (chlorophylls) in them degrade, and yellow-red ones (carotenoids) become visible.
Scientific species names are usually derived from Latin or Greek and often have descriptive purpose. In this case "tri-cuspidata" refers to the three-pointed leaves.
Rock N' KnockTrentino Province, Italy
Web TunnelSchwetzingen Schloßpark. Baden-Würtemberg, Germany
On GuardMount Lycabettus. Athens, Greece
Artificial illumination allows us to extend our activities into the night, and provides undoubted benefits to people. However, recent research shows that artificial lights at night disturbs sleep, possibly also our health, and have numerous effects on plants and animals in our surrounding.
Proud PowerBismarck Memorial and the Victory Column in the background.
Tiergarten Park. Berlin, Germany
Stone OldLastovo Island, Croatia
Straight AheadSchwetzingen Schloßpark. Baden-Würtemberg, Germany
Lovely World OutsideIstra, Croatia.
Green TowersNikoleiviertel. Berlin, Germany
Come Out, PrincessCambridge, United Kingdom.
Stormy GoldFriedrichshagen. Berlin, Germany
This photo was taken with Samsung Galaxy S3 phone camera.
Take OffTrento, Italy
Slippery StepsIstra, Croatia.