He was known as the English Giant, but could also have been called the Friendly Giant. He was Frederick John Kempster, and he joined Astley and Company's American Circus at Chigwell in Essex as a professional giant in June 1911 - not as a "freak" but because he loved people. "It is said he was a happy, well-adjusted chap who liked to talk to the public," said his great-nephew Jim Kempster.
As solid and unshakable as we think our civilization is, its grip on nature is tenuous at best. If any cracks appear in the faces of our buildings or our machines, nature is quick to move in and take over. With this in mind, here are 21 photos of places and things that nature is in the process of reclaiming.