Pictures That Capture The Subtle Passing Of Time

I was talking with my parents the other day about my great-grandma and how I felt lucky to have met her before she passed away. She was 99 and had seen so much change in her lifetime.

But then I thought that I have, too. Everyone has, we just don’t always realize it until all that time has passed. I mean, the first Harry Potter book came out 22 years ago!

That’s A Hard Worker

worn down keyboard
Photo Credit: Reddit / jraygun13
Photo Credit: Reddit / jraygun13

After repeated use, even things like our keyboards and computers get worn down. A lot of the time the letters are the first thing to rub off, but this person has used this keyboard so long, they’ve made dents.

Is There Even A Pole Under Here?

layers of posters on a pole
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

I’m going to wonder every time I walk by a pole full of posters if it actually has years of posters making it look bigger than it is. I wonder how many amazing events have been advertised here.

Time Passes Fast

an older hand and younger hand
Photo Credit: Reddit / Import
Photo Credit: Reddit / Import

Before we know it, we will all start to see the passing of time on ourselves. We will get grey hair and wrinkles and a lot more knowledge about the world.

Who Else Has A Favorite Mug?

marks in a cup from being stirred so much
Photo Credit: Reddit / SleepySquirrelZzzzzzz
Photo Credit: Reddit / SleepySquirrelZzzzzzz

This person has used the same mug to make their tea so often that a spiral has formed on the bottom in the pattern this person stirs their milk and sugar.

Some Things May Cause Us To Age Faster

a person who used to drive a truck has more damage on the side of their face that faces the sun
Photo Credit: Reddit / Advocate7x70
Photo Credit: Reddit / Advocate7x70

This person had been driving a delivery truck for 28 years. The side of their face that looks older was the side that always faced the sun. I better go get some sunscreen.

Round And Round We Go

perfect circles around barber chairs
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

This barbershop has been in business for a long time. You can see the almost perfect circle the barber follows around the chair when they’re doing their work. It won’t be long until they are little dents, too!

This Is A Little Spooky

outline of people sitting on benches
Photo Credit: Reddit / bradv1977
Photo Credit: Reddit / bradv1977

This bench in Union Station has seen so much traffic that the outline of people has been left on the wall behind it. They’re kind of like ghosts watching you on your commute.

You Have A Favorite Mug, But What About A Favorite Spoon?

spoon that was used for 45 years that has tip eroded
Photo credit: Reddit / cistfurcharlie
Photo credit: Reddit / cistfurcharlie

According to this user, their grandmother has used the same spoon to stir their coffee for 45 years. It sounds crazy but the now-square tip of that spoon doesn’t lie.

A Well-Loved Kitty

two versions of the same cat, one is just older
Photo Credit: Reddit / Connguy
Photo Credit: Reddit / Connguy

The poster was gifted with this stuffed cat in 1995 from their great aunt. After her passing, they found the same stuffed cat in pristine condition. Under the post, people told stories of replacing their children’s toys with replicas because they were getting old and gross.

Now That’s A Whiskey Collection

whiskeys are different stages of maturity
Photo Credit: Reddit / Mystic_L
Photo Credit: Reddit / Mystic_L

According to the person who posted this picture, each bottle has whiskey in it from the same cask, but at different stages of maturity. Each bottle is one year older than the last.

Some Things Stand The Test Of Time

a church being power washed
Photo Credit: Reddit / emissaryofwinds
Photo Credit: Reddit / emissaryofwinds

Look at this absolutely beautiful church. But, even though it may have survived through a lot of changes around it, it found a way to change itself. This church is a beautiful white color, which can only be seen when you wash years of dirt and exhaust away.

Just A Few Weeks Can Make A Difference Too

a pen bent after being left in car for weeks
Photo credit: Reddit / Fish_have_legs
Photo credit: Reddit / Fish_have_legs

Time can change things over hundreds of years, or even just a few weeks. The user who posted this photo said it took the Australian heat less than a month to warp this pen that was left forgotten in a car.

An Actual Stepping Stone

a rock with foot steps worn in
Photo Credit: Reddit / Nightaware
Photo Credit: Reddit / Nightaware

It’s clear this boulder has been here a long time. So many people have climbed it that actual foot holes have been carved out. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular spot — look at that view!

That’s A Lot Of Ideas

a used notebook and a new notebook
Photo Credit: Reddit / aky5214
Photo Credit: Reddit / aky5214

Even though a lot of time may not have passed when you finish a notebook, it’s neat to see all those pages filled with things that have come to matter to you.

Those Are Strong Bushes

plants leaving marks on a fence
Photo Credit: Reddit / Pimp_Papa
Photo Credit: Reddit / Pimp_Papa

They have left the semi-circular patterns on the fence behind them. I wonder if this will be something that keeps happening as the plants get bigger, or if they’ll move away from the fence.

This Looks A Little Trippy

a well worn trail in a forest
Photo Credit: Reddit / 20WaysToEatASandwich
Photo Credit: Reddit / 20WaysToEatASandwich

This trail is La Meauffe, Manche in France. According to the person who posted it, this trail is indented into the ground so far because it has been used by people passing through for centuries.

This Looks Like A Scene Out Of A Movie

cars being taken over by natures
Photo Credit: flickr / kaneko amury
Photo Credit: flickr / kaneko amury

This picture was taken in Yakushima, Japan of two abandoned cars. Anytime I see something like this I wonder what the circumstances were that made someone leave their things behind.

It’s In Pretty Good Condition!

a cookbook that has been in the same family for generations
Photo Credit: Reddit / TheSealClubber
Photo Credit: Reddit / TheSealClubber

The person who posted this said that their grandma got it from their mother and has been using it for 70 years since then. This just goes to show you that some things never change. Especially our love of cake.

A Somber Reminder

trenches over grown with nature
Photo Credit: Reddit / Pimping_NZ
Photo Credit: Reddit / Pimping_NZ

Even though WWI ended over a century ago, there are still reminders of it everywhere. This is a picture of The Somme in Northern France. You can see the outline of the trenches and artillery shell craters even though it’s been overgrown by nature.

What A Shame!

a drop ceiling put over a chandelier
Photo Credit: Reddit / firemanjoe911
Photo Credit: Reddit / firemanjoe911

This photo was taken from an old building. When they renovated it for a company that was taking over, they used a drop ceiling to cover up these beautiful chandeliers and crown moulding.

This Is Kind Of Strange

a parking lot that was paved where a building used to be
Photo Credit: Reddit / anjack9
Photo Credit: Reddit / anjack9

This parking lot has been worn down from use, but underneath it is a checkered floor from a building that would have been there before. There are no other signs of the building that once existed.

Follow The Trail!

worn down imprints where children walk
Photo Credit: Reddit / Rory-mcfc
Photo Credit: Reddit / Rory-mcfc

This hill is in Donnelly’s Hollow, Ireland. The little foot holes have been left by generations of children crossing over the hill to get to school or go into town.

Passing Time, Literally

a watch next to its old worn out band
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

The watch face is the same, but the band has been replaced. They’re the same band, only one is years older and ready to be thrown out. Hopefully he gets a lot of use out of his new one!

I Didn’t Know These Would Wear Off

worn down path to the Eiffel tower
Photo Credit: Reddit / Harambe_Is_In_Heaven
Photo Credit: Reddit / Harambe_Is_In_Heaven

This is a very high traffic area. It’s the waiting area to get to the Eiffel Tower in France. The Eiffel Tower is 130 years old! But this landing is probably younger than that.

This Is Crazy!

bullets trapped in a tree, the tree kept growing
Photo Credit: Reddit / Dklem80
Photo Credit: Reddit / Dklem80

Someone cutting down a tree found one with three bullets embedded in the tree. The tree just kept growing around them, proving once again how powerful nature is and how resilient it is to humans.

A Road To Nowhere

an abandoned roadway that's fallen apart
Photo Credit: Reddit / RagnarLothbrok23
Photo Credit: Reddit / RagnarLothbrok23

This abandoned stretch of highway was left to decay. It didn’t take long for nature to start taking over. I wonder if the bridge collapsed all at once or bit by bit.

Phases Of The Moon

time lapse of the moon phases
Photo Credit: Reddit / iamgulshansingh
Photo Credit: Reddit / iamgulshansingh

This is series of photos taken of the moon over its 28-day phase. As time passes, it occupies a different place in the sky. I never really notice the change, to me it always seems to be in the same place.

That Is One Dedicated Bird

25 generations of bird nests in an old unused chimney
Photo Credit: Reddit / GallowBoob
Photo Credit: Reddit / GallowBoob

According to the person who posted this photo, this image is of a bird’s nest that had been built inside an unused chimney. The nest is from over twenty generations of bird families!

We All Love Candy

a scanner worn down from so many people using it
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

All that candy is probably why this checkout counter has been so worn down. This is the kind of thing you’d only notice after it was all worn off and you look at it one day and think ‘huh’.

The World Has Changed So Much

really old pencils, some were made in West Germany
Photo Credit: Reddit / spodinielri0
Photo Credit: Reddit / spodinielri0

Some of these pencils are old enough that they say they were made in West Germany, which doesn’t exist anymore now that the Berlin Wall has come down and Germany reunited.

Isn’t This Beautiful?

old artichoke grew into flower
Photo Credit: Reddit / crazyratlady34
Photo Credit: Reddit / crazyratlady34

Someone found an old, dried artichoke and brought it home, only to find it open up into a beautiful flower. Artichokes are a member of the thistle family, which explains it’s prickly look.

Life Is About Growth, Right?

tree that has grown through chain link fence
Photo credit: Reddit / waycokid1129
Photo credit: Reddit / waycokid1129

It’s hard to tell but this tree’s trunk is grown right through the chain-link fence. It almost looks like a goo that has absorbed the metal! Nature does some pretty crazy things.

Any Landscaper Knows What Happened Here

graveyard headstones that are worn away at the bottom
Photo credit: Reddit / Kevone215
Photo credit: Reddit / Kevone215

You might be confused how this shows time, but a groundskeeper would know these are headstones where the bases have eroded from weed-wacking. These stones have truly endured a lot.

I’m Surprised Brick Houses Are Still Standing!

two of the same bricks side by side but one has eroded to half the size
Photo credit: Reddit / balloon_warrior
Photo credit: Reddit / balloon_warrior

Bricks are supposed to be extremely durable so it’s shocking to see two of the exact same bricks beside each other. Hopefully the bricks my house is built from don’t erode like this.

This Pipe Is Practically Useless

pipe with layers of limescale
Photo credit: Reddit / parasite3go
Photo credit: Reddit / parasite3go

This cross section of an old water pipe shows off the intense layers of limescale build-up. It gets worse when you realize this is what the build-up of cholesterol looks like in our arteries. Ew!

Like A Candle In The Wind(ow) – Elton John

candle that has been warped from sitting in the sun
Photo credit: Reddit / win10helpme3
Photo credit: Reddit / win10helpme3

And it seems to me, you lived your life, like a candle being warped by the sitting in the sun by a window. Considering candles are wax that is meant to melt, we should have seen this coming.

Look Closely To See The Change In Hair Color

hair that is black and white stripes from medication
Photo credit: Reddit / QueenChoco
Photo credit: Reddit / QueenChoco

This hair follicle is from someone who takes a certain medication that makes their hair turn white. You can see the change in their hair color as they go on and off the medication.

The Not-So-Magical 8Ball

8ball that lost fluid
Photo credit: Reddit / TheBigBad
Photo credit: Reddit / TheBigBad

This fortune telling magic 8 ball isn’t so exciting when the fluid starts to evaporate. At least it now gives you some options. Still, it’s just not the answers we needed.

You Gotta Go Where You Grow

tree that has started to grow horizontally
Photo credit: Reddit / heyasshat
Photo credit: Reddit / heyasshat

We’ve seen nature do some pretty cool things over time but watching a tree grow entirely horizontal is pretty interesting. I’m just wondering how it’s still standing and hasn’t tipped over yet.

Talk About Worn Down

two of the same knives, one has been worn down
Photo Credit: Reddit / kjbleau
Photo Credit: Reddit / kjbleau

These are both the same knife, just one has been worn down from repeated sharpening. Like any person who loves their craft will tell you, when you have a favorite tool, you hold onto it until you can’t anymore.