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Most of the human visitors to the Båstnäs car graveyard in Värmland, Sweden, come to see or photograph the hundreds of old and classic cars abandoned to a slow, rusty disintegration. But when Norwegian photographer Pål Hermansen
visited, he saw more than just a cemetery. He recognised a thriving habitat for all sorts of animals and plants; An unusual nature reserve, slowly established over decades.

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Young wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) in an old abandoned car in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Young wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) in an old abandoned car in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) with grub prey on the dashboard of an abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, July - Pål Hermansen,Pal Hermansen
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Pål Hermansen,Pal Hermansen / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) with grub prey on the dashboard of an abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, July
Snow falling in Bastnas car graveyard Varmland, Sweden, December. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Snow falling in Bastnas car graveyard Varmland, Sweden, December.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) feeding young at nest in old Volkswagen car, Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, May. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Redwing (Turdus iliacus) feeding young at nest in old Volkswagen car, Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, May.
Skipper butterfly (Hesperiidae) in front of old rusting car in Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, June. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Skipper butterfly (Hesperiidae) in front of old rusting car in Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, June.
Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) growing in car graveyard, Bastns, Sweden, September. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) growing in car graveyard, Bastns, Sweden, September.
Panoramic of abandoned cars in a 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. April - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Panoramic of abandoned cars in a 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. April
Old abandoned cars stacked on atop the other in 'car graveyard' at night, Bastnas, Sweden April - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Old abandoned cars stacked on atop the other in 'car graveyard' at night, Bastnas, Sweden April
One car headlight visible through a tangle of branches in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden. January - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / One car headlight visible through a tangle of branches in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden. January
Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) growing in the boot of an old abandoned car in 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Nature Images Awards competition... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) growing in the boot of an old abandoned car in 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Nature Images Awards competition...
Birch tree (Betula) growing inside an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, January. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Birch tree (Betula) growing inside an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, January. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013.
Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) in flower by abandoned car in 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. July - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) in flower by abandoned car in 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. July
Ferns growing between abandoned cars, in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, July - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Ferns growing between abandoned cars, in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, July
Northern Wall Brown (Lasiommata petropolitana) resting on an old abandoned car in a 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. June - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Northern Wall Brown (Lasiommata petropolitana) resting on an old abandoned car in a 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. June
Hoverfly (Syrphidae) on a Fern-leaf dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) flower, with an old car in the background, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Hoverfly (Syrphidae) on a Fern-leaf dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) flower, with an old car in the background, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013.
Young wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) in old abandoned car in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Young wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) in old abandoned car in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) feeding chicks at nest in abandoned Opel car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, June - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) feeding chicks at nest in abandoned Opel car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, June
Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) with food in its beak at the entrance to its nest in the exhaust pipe of an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, June. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013... - Pål Hermansen,Pal Hermansen
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Pål Hermansen,Pal Hermansen / Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) with food in its beak at the entrance to its nest in the exhaust pipe of an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, June. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013...
Blackbird (Turdus merula) nest with eggs in motor of abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, May - Pal Hermansen,Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen,Pal Hermansen / Blackbird (Turdus merula) nest with eggs in motor of abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, May
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) feeding chicks in a nest in an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Urban Wildlife Category at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) 2013. Winner... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) feeding chicks in a nest in an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Urban Wildlife Category at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) 2013. Winner...
Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) nesting in an old abandoned Opel car in a 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) nesting in an old abandoned Opel car in a 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden
Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) feeding young on steering wheel of abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, June - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) feeding young on steering wheel of abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, June
Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) feeding young on steering wheel of abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, June - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) feeding young on steering wheel of abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, June
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, January. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Natur... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, January. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Natur...
Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) inside an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, February. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Nature... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) inside an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, February. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Nature...
Silhouette of a Blue tit (Cyanistes / Parus caeruleus) seen through the windscreen of an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, December. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Silhouette of a Blue tit (Cyanistes / Parus caeruleus) seen through the windscreen of an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, December. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of...
Wood ants (Formica rufa) around the edge of a broken window in an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portfolio category in... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wood ants (Formica rufa) around the edge of a broken window in an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portfolio category in...
Old car covered in snow in 'Car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, December - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Old car covered in snow in 'Car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, December
Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) taking off in the snow, with old cars in the background, Bastnas, Sweden, February. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portf... - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) taking off in the snow, with old cars in the background, Bastnas, Sweden, February. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portf...
Trees growing through abandoned cars in 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, December - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Trees growing through abandoned cars in 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, December
Tree growing from inside abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, December - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Tree growing from inside abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, December
Buttercups (Ranunculus sp) flowering amongst abandoned cars, in 'car graveyard', Varmland, Sweden - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Buttercups (Ranunculus sp) flowering amongst abandoned cars, in 'car graveyard', Varmland, Sweden
Meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) and brambles (Rubus) growing on the dashboard of the abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, July - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) and brambles (Rubus) growing on the dashboard of the abandoned car in 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, July
Wall lizard (Zootoca viviparia) basking on rusty abandoned car in Car graveyard, Bastnas, Sweden. - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wall lizard (Zootoca viviparia) basking on rusty abandoned car in Car graveyard, Bastnas, Sweden.
Common frog (Rana temporalia) inside abandoned Volkswagen in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, May - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Common frog (Rana temporalia) inside abandoned Volkswagen in 'car graveyard' Varmland, Sweden, May
Abandoned rusty car in 'car graveyard' acting as a greenhouse with plants growing inside, Varmland, Sweden, July - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Abandoned rusty car in 'car graveyard' acting as a greenhouse with plants growing inside, Varmland, Sweden, July
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) feeding sat on moss covered car in 'car graveyard' , Bastnas, Sweden. January - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) feeding sat on moss covered car in 'car graveyard' , Bastnas, Sweden. January
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on bonnet of a rusty abandoned car in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, April - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) on bonnet of a rusty abandoned car in a 'car graveyard' Bastnas, Sweden, April
Wood ants (Formica rufa) with larvae on rusty car, Bastnas car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, June. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Wood ants (Formica rufa) with larvae on rusty car, Bastnas car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, June.
Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) in flower by abandoned car in 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. July - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) in flower by abandoned car in 'car graveyard', Bastnas, Sweden. July
Blackbird (Turdus merula) nest with eggs in engine of abandoned car, car graveyard, Vrmland, Sweden - Pal  Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Blackbird (Turdus merula) nest with eggs in engine of abandoned car, car graveyard, Vrmland, Sweden
Moss covering abandoned car in car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December 2012. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Moss covering abandoned car in car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December 2012.
Tree growing through abandoned car in car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December 2012. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Tree growing through abandoned car in car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December 2012.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) feeding young at nest in old Volkswagen car, Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, May. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Redwing (Turdus iliacus) feeding young at nest in old Volkswagen car, Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, May.
Redwing (Turdus iliacus) at nest in old car, Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, May. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Redwing (Turdus iliacus) at nest in old car, Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, May.
Snow falling in Bastnas car graveyard Varmland, Sweden, December. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Snow falling in Bastnas car graveyard Varmland, Sweden, December.
Snow covered cars in Bastnas car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Snow covered cars in Bastnas car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December.
Snow covered cars in Bastnas car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Snow covered cars in Bastnas car graveyard, Varmland, Sweden, December.
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