Man may have all the technology that gets everything done but at times, nature can gain control over things. In places that had abandoned buildings or villages, nature wins, which somehow shows that we are living a limited time on Earth and that nature exists longer than human life.
Here are 20 stunning photographs showing abandoned man-made structures that are now part of nature.
#1. Abandoned fishing village in Kirovsky, in the Kamkatcha peninsula in Russia
This was once a booming fishing village that became abandoned when the economy faltered sometime in late 1950’s to early 1960’s. During the time, there was a sharp decline in the fish population, which resulted in the end of the fishing industry in the area.
#2. This was once a beautiful railway station in Abkhazia
The colorful grandiose buildings existed at the height of the Russian Empire but since USSR collapsed in 1991, some of the buildings have been abandoned and one of them was this railway station in the former Russian territory, Abkhazia.
#3. Abandoned mansion in Ireland
Ireland is home to ruins of abandoned estates and mansions that have slowly crumbled over the years.
#4. Abandoned city in Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat in Ukraine was once a bustling city that was home to thousands of families and employees who used to work at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant nearby. The Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986 turned this booming city into a radioactive ghost town.
#5. Patterned tree roots
These tree roots are battling with concrete tiles forming beautiful patterns as a result.
#6. This centuries-old abandoned ship in Sydney, Australia has become a lush forested area
The SS Ayrfield was used in World War 2. In 1972, it was brought to the Homebush Bay in Sydney to be dismantled. However, the operations halted and Homebush was no longer a ship wrecking yard.
#7. This Namibian ghost town was swallowed by the sand
Kolmanskop is a deserted town in the Namibian desert home to German miners. In the 1900’s, there were diamonds discovered in the desert sands.
#8. An abandoned ferris wheel
This definitely looks like a scene from a horror flick.
#9. This is an old mill found in Sorrento, Sicily
A group of modern ruins called Calle dei Mulini or Valley of the Milles has been abandoned since the 1940’s.
#10. This was once a shopping mall, which has now turned into an aquarium
This was once the New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. The roofless building was lost to fire but with constant heavy rainfall and mosquitoes, it became a haven for fish.
#11. A beautiful Parisian railway
This secret railway in France has not been used for over 80 years. As seen in the photo, the railway has become a habitat for wild plants and flowers, and it provides an oasis of calm for many of the city’s natives.
#12. The piano tree
This was actually an art installation from the California State University. The piano was cut apart but the tree just kept growing parting the instrument’s timber.
#13. Bike eaten by the tree
The bicycle is said to be owned by a young boy who lost it. This model is believed to be from the 1950’s. People are still left wondering how the bike ended up there.
#14. Deserted fishing village in China
Lush vines have taken over this remote village of Shengshan Island, which was once a hub for fishing.
#15. The Abandoned Power Plant of Charleroi, Belgium
This power plant in Belgium was built in 1921 and was one of the country’s largest coal-burning power plants. The plant’s cooling tower is now coated with moss and this would usually prompt urban explorers to investigate.
#16. This railway in France is 160 years old
And nature is winning.
#17. Belgium’s “car graveyard”
This “car graveyard” can be found in Chatillon, Belgium. Legends have it that the cars were owned by US army, who parked their cars in the area after WW2. They hid the cars in the forest to avoid expensive costs involved in shipping them overseas. The men never retrieved their cars and nature took over.
#18. Trees sprouting out of the walls of Hong Kong’s buildings
Nature can be stubborn at times as evidenced by the photo.
#19. A room in an abandoned hotel
It’s creepy but it’s undeniably beautiful.
#20. Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Ta Prohm or the temple at Angkor was built between the late 12th and early 13th century. People are mostly captivated by the trees growing out of the ruins.
Scotland Residents Make Unexpected Archaeological Find In The Aftermath of A Strong Storm
After their place was hit by a wild storm, residents discovered an ancient settlement in their midst.
Sometimes significant discoveries come at quite an unexpected time and at an unexpected place. Remember that gigantic Pharoah Ramses II statue found buried in the slums of Cairo? Archaeologists never guessed that such a thing was in the area and now the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is describing the statue as one of its “most important archaeological discoveries” ever.
Well the same can be said regarding this find in the Orkeny Islands, in Scotland. As it turns out, the island was struck by a wild storm in the winter of 1850. At the aftermath of the storm, however, they were surprised to see a secret settlement and archaeologists began coming over to learn more about it.
The settlement, researchers claim, is estimated to have been occupied by around 50 to 100 people over 4,500 to 5,100 years ago. It has since been excavated, explored, and named Skara Brae.
Vilcabamba, The “Valley of Longevity” Where People Live to Age 100 and Up
Vilcabamba in Ecuador is said to have the best conditions for health and longevity.
In the southern region of Ecuador, in Loja Province, lies the village of Vilcabamba. Also called the "Valley of Longevity," Vilcabamba is home to inhabitants that live up to 100 years and more. There are people who say that the place, surrounded by lush mountains and clear streams, has all the right conditions for good health and longevity.
Increased tourism in the area has introduced some changes to Vilcabamba. Until recently, the village was isolated and didn't receive any imported goods. People didn't drive cars, and television signals were nonexistent. Today, however, there are satellite TVs, high-speed internet, and vehicles in the area.
Inhabitants of Vilcabamba live up to a hundred, with some reportedly reaching 120 to 135 years old.
Study Shows That A Bad Boss Can Make Employees Sick
We are sure that a lot of people will be able to relate to this.
Some employees say that when they resign from a job, they leave managers and not the company. This might ring true, as data from the American Psychology Association reveals that approximately 75% of American employees consider their bosses and managers as their primary stressors at work. However, only 59% of them refuse to leave their jobs.
But why do employees refuse to leave their jobs if they are not happy? The thing is, employees get used to their stressful and unsatisfactory environment. This leads to a state where a worker loses the motivation to search for another employment opportunity with a better and healthier culture and atmosphere.
Researchers from the Harvard Business School and Stanford University, based on data from more than 200 studies, drew the conclusion that having a bad boss is tantamount to being exposed to second-hand smoke. In addition, staying longer at a job that causes an employee excessive stress also poses a risk to their physical and mental health.
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