Magical: Haunting places abandoned by man, often reclaimed by nature
In the middle of our busy lives it might be good sometimes to stop and imagine what the world would look like without us. It's useful to get perspective.
These truly stunning pictures capture just that. Sometimes moving, sometimes creepy, the strange, deserted scenes will light up your imagination — and increase your respect for nature's regenerative power. Check them out:
1. The island of Poveglia, Italy
A former a quarantine hospital for sufferers of the plague, and sanatorium, in Venice’s lagoon.
Abandoned after the reactor catastrophe in 1986, the area was declared forbidden.
3. A car cemetery in the Belgian Ardennes
After WWII, while in Europe, many Allied soldiers bought a car for personal use. When the occupation ended, many of them were simply left on a road that's now become forest... Leading to this bizarre picture.
4. A dilapidated theater
5. A flooded shopping mall
6. An old electricity plant in Glenwood, New York
7. A church spire in Reschensee, South Tyrol, Italy
8. Station for testing seawater near Makhachkala, Russia
9. A blue spiral staircase in a derelict palace
10. A deserted Methodist church in Gary, Indiana
11. The foyer of a run-down castle
12. A boathouse flooded by melted water in Obersee, Bavaria
13. Abandoned waterslide in a former amusement park
14. Lonely footprints at an abandoned nuclear power plant
15. A jetty damaged by wind and waves
16. Weathered rails in the Taiwanese mountains
17. Roller coaster at the Nara Dreamland amusement park, Japan
It closed due to low visitor numbers in 2006.
18. Staircase to nowhere in Pismo Beach, California
This looks like a set-piece from the movie Vertigo.
19. A lonely entrance on the Grand Canal, Venice
20. Abandoned bus on the Stampede Trail, Alaska
This was the setting of the novel “Into the Wild” by Christopher McCandless.
21. Deserted house on a tiny island, Finland
22. Former library in Russia
23. Ghost train of the "Spreepark" fairgrounds in Berlin
This amusement part was closed due to the owner's criminal activity in 2002.
24. Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France
These train tracks use to run all around Paris.
25. Wreck of the Titanic
26. Defunct, antique Bugatti cars
27. Victorian-style treehouse in Florida
28. Mare Island wharf in Vallejo, California
Flooding created a mirror effect.
29. Cinema in Detroit, Michigan
Could it illustrate the collapse of the automobile metropolis better?
30. Swimming forest in Sydney, Australia
31. Shipwrecks in the notorious Bermuda Triangle
32. Nature finds a way...
33. Former doll factory in Spain
34. Abandoned church
The cloaked “parishioners” were made out of papier-mâché.
35. Another church — near St. Etienne, France
36. Forsaken villa
37. The roller coaster “Jet Star” in New Jersey
Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, it was then swallowed by the Atlantic.
38. A deserted Mansion in Poland
39. Nature plays the piano
The stories behind many of these places gave me goosebumps. But seeing the ability of nature to recapture areas we humans have abandoned — it's moving. Life is a powerful force.
And on the other hand, the human ingenuity it took to build all these things in the first place is impressive: they still stand, years — sometimes centuries — after we moved on, asserting the strength and endurance of human creativity!