I’m currently knee deep in a post-apocalyptic novel and the waters are rising by the minute. With that in mind I came across this wonderful collection of images: http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/04/14/the-33-most-beautiful-abandoned-places-in-the-world/ (Opens in new window)
Nature is often portrayed as the victim but these startling images tell the story as it really is. When we’re gone, nature will still be here, picking her way through our architectural remains. We believe ourselves to be the ultimate in evolution, and yet we’ve existed on this planet mere seconds compared to its long term evolution.
I find those abandoned buildings unsettling and a little unnerving, but at the same time triumphant. Nature will reclaim what was hers, despite our best efforts to deter her. We can build the monolithic skyscrapers, the bridges that span deep waters, create towns and cities that scar the earth, but ultimately we’re just tenants and our time here is finite.