They say “everything old is new again,” and that may be true for fashion and hipster trends.

But some things really do change irrevocably with time.

Although I guess the fact that they change at all makes them new, in a way?

Whether they’ve been worn down by weather or by love, things eventually show their age.

Here are 12 examples of times when nature took over.

1. In case you wanted proof of termite damage

Or what the inside of a pencil really looks like.

This old color pencil box after termites ate all the wood from mildlyinteresting

2. When trees are left unattended

Like goats, they will literally eat anything.

the way this tree grew over the railing from mildlyinteresting

3. And I mean ANYTHING

Possibly including the children…

Tree Consuming Children … Sign from mildlyinteresting

4. I mean I knew the trees were hungry, but…

A tornado, I’m guessing?

This truck in a tree I found while driving through the woods from mildlyinteresting

5. If you ever had doubts about nature taking over…

Gradually there will be no sign we were ever here.

Can someone give me a jump start? Haven’t driven this thing in a while. from AbandonedPorn

6. Oceans are hungry too

Time and tides, as they say.

This piece of wall that got rounded by the sea from mildlyinteresting

7. If you thought the bricks were cool, check this

Is that lock still attached to a chain?!

This deteriorating combination lock I found at the beach from mildlyinteresting

8. It’s true that nothing lasts forever

Not even nature itself.

My rotting Goomba pumpkin looks more like Goomba now than it did when it was freshly carved from mildlyinteresting

9. You can try to preserve it

But oxidation will win in the end.

A coin taped in my father’s baby book stayed clean under the tape only from mildlyinteresting

10. Whether it’s the sun doing the damage

And leaving people behind…

My ID left an impression of my ID pic on my badge holder from mildlyinteresting

11. Or whether it’s the man-made stuff that gets left behind

Okay, maybe they’ll know we were here even eons later.

"Biodegradable" cups that were buried in a composter for 15 years. Everyting else turned to dirt except these. from assholedesign

12. And as much as nature is taking over

Humans definitely wear things down too.

This display in Ashmolean Museum shows how touching artwork affects material from mildlyinteresting

I love these! It is just so incredibly cool to see what nature can do.

Like the architecture of ancient civilizations that have been covered with earth and lava and the sands of time–maybe some day some future civilization will be excavating our hidden world.

What is your favorite thing that time has tried to erase? Tell us in the comments.