Human beings have long tried to control - or at least tame - mother nature.
But, despite our most valiant efforts, we're rarely successful - as the following images prove.
Uploaded to Reddit and Bored Panda, the stunning snapshots illustrate how determined trees have long overcome man-made obstacles, from wire fences to the blade of a chainsaw.
And, amazingly, they can also out-smart the earth's own natural impediments, such as perilous cliff faces, boulders and fires.
In particular, one amazing palm tree manages to complete a 360-degree revolution to grow in front of a house, while another scales the heights of a rural water tower.
But what else are they capable of? And where can they be seen? Here - inspired by the feature on Bored Panda - are some of nature's most tree-mendous moments.
Defying gravity: This tree (left) refuses to let an awkward angle get in its way - and completes a full revolution to grow taller. And on the right, although this tree was cut down to size, it refused to give up - and sprouted a new branch regardless
Urban: Despite being buried under a huge, dilapidated building, this tree still managed to break through into the light (left). Meanwhile, this cheeky-looking snap (right) shows a pine tree pushing its way up through two closely-aligned boulders
Who needs earth? This ambitious tree truly defies the odds by managing to thrive - despite not being planted in fertile soil
Breaking barriers: Although a wire fence was placed in its path, this tree embarked on a serious display of nature's power
Street life: Nurtured under the glow of a fluorescent cap park light, this tree managed to retain its leaves in autumn
Snake-like: This palm tree in Los Angeles (left) managed to create its own border by circling its foundation, then rising upwards. The tree on the right managed to grow regardless of the fact it was atop a rural water tower
The last laugh: A felled tree doesn't merely give up once down on the ground - instead it sprouts FOUR more trees
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