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A Beautiful Glimpse Into the Post-Human


Science & Tech  (tags: archaeology, ancient, discovery, world, interesting, humans )

JL
- 600 days ago - myscienceacademy.org
Check out these extraordinary photographs of the works of humankind overtaken by nature and time -- from a ghostly, abandoned amusement park outside Beijing to Soviet-era missile factories.



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:09 pm

The best laid plans of men.....mean nothing to time and the ravages of nature.

Simply beautiful photography.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:14 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:18 pm
Beautiful,.
What will it look like after humans are done destroying the planet...............
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 6:58 pm
Ohh, JL, these images are absolutely stunning! Nature reclaiming her own.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:10 pm
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Sherri G. (117)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:38 pm
With Corporate contributions to planet earth via fracking, drilling, C02 emissions, hazardous waste, and poaching this article JL may be more poignant than we think. TY J.L.
 

Cindy Rhodes (106)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:44 pm
Some of these images are simply breathtaking, but it goes to show you, mother nature if allowed will prevail!!! Thank you Jl.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:56 pm
You are welcome Sherri and Cindy.
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Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:16 pm
Beautiful , noted , thanks .
 

Maureen C. (3)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:13 am
When growing nature takes over abandoned structures, they become something beautiful!

Landscape designers deliberately place some hard elements, such as an old wall, or a broken statue, into their design for the beauty of contrast such as in some of these photos.
 

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:22 am
Very nice. Thank you.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:13 am
Some lovely pictures, thanks!
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:31 am
the abandoned train depot photo looks like a painting. incredible photos. i also like the one of the staircase in India--& it looks intimidating. thanks for sharing. i love viewing the world through photography.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:10 am
Beautiful photos. And I keep saying that I do not believe in ghosts...
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:13 am
Percy Bysshe Shelley:
Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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I never knew that this famous poem was actually written in a competition with another poet on the same subject!
Also very apt:

IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows:—
"I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,
"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
"The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,—
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chase,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.
– Horace Smith
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Also reminds me of "Planet of the Apes" - no-one who's ever seen it, can ever forget the scene I'm referring to...
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:21 am
I'd like to know the real story behind EACH of those wonderful, evocative places! Chernobyl I know, in the Ukraine, but the rest?
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I have read, that a certain religious sect in India, made SURE to always plant fast-growing trees and plants around their temples. That way, if ever the temple should be neglected and deserted, not be performing its function any more, the plants and trees which had been held back by the work and presence of the monks and the worshipers, would take over and quickly dissolve {if that's the word} the temple back into the natural environment...
A beautiful thought!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:14 am
Fantastic photography! Amazing what thing get abandoned.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:48 am
Great photos - a bit weird, but thanks for posting.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:48 am
You are welcome Samir, Glenn, Lynn and Lindsay.
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Lynn C. (94)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:54 am
ty
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:38 am
You are welcome Lynn
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:46 am
Noted
 

Winn Adams (203)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:23 pm
Thanks
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:54 pm
You are welcome Winn
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:45 pm
Amazing pictures i recognize the UK ones but not the others

noted thanks
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:48 pm
Thanks
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:49 pm
Noted. My brother sent me these, but I wanted to note it for you. Some pretty weird. I didn't get the beginning descriptor from him, so thanks for that!
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:02 pm
You are welcome Carol, Birgit and Jude.
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Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:01 pm
I particularly liked the fisherman's hut in Germany.
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:52 pm
Absolutely fascinating, would love to see many of these places.
 

Alan Lambert (97)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:55 pm
These are awesome...
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:07 pm
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june t. (66)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:29 pm
thanks
 

cynthia B. (267)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:58 pm
lonely desolate and hauntingly beautiful. Mother nature is taking back her own and it is wonderous to behold
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:03 am
You are welcome June.
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Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:21 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:42 am
You are welcome Kerrie.
 

Melania Padilla (185)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 9:50 am
One day.....
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 9:54 am
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