Seems like yet another year is ending, and strange feelings of melancholy surge.
Then I was exposed to this article – 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places on Earth. Strangely when I was looking at the pictures, the feeling wasn’t so much of horror and ghastliness; rather a chest full of questions and some relatively-typical wistfulness…
I have picked my top ten to discuss in this post; kindly refer to the original article for the images!
1. Pripyat, Ukraine
A city abandoned after the Chernobyl incident. Nature continues to grow over the town, while everything remains lifeless; motionless. Or maybe, time had really stopped there?
2. Mirny Diamond Mine, Eastern Siberia, Russia
When you start, you don’t always see the end. The hole lies in plain sight, but hollers at us – what is the point? What was the purpose? Where is the outcome? Why had they bothered, initially?
3. Gulliver’s Travels Park, Kawaguchi, Japan
He lies, silent, at the foot of the mountain. What does he see in the sky? Why do they trample over him? Do they see his body sprawled across the ground, or has he been integrated into the soil beneath?
4. Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New York
Someday, somewhere, someone would take me along on this visit and tell me all about the history of this castle…
5. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia
Having a soft spot for the history of this country almost undoubtedly heightens my interest in this rock lighthouse. I wish to stand at the peak of this rock; to brave the strong winds that threaten; to scrutinize the lighthouse that now stands abandoned. What were all of you fighting over, if you now leave it to face the waves alone?
6. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain
Fascinated by such architecture and the potential stories that one can spin from it… Just maybe, someone lives behind that facade, wishing he had stopped the accident…
7. Eilean Donan, Loch Duich, Scotland
Dark mysteries lurk beneath the beauty of the country. What truly lies within this magical place, and who are the destined ones to find out?
8. Abandoned Mill, Western Quebec, Canada
What did we use to build there? That serene, almost peaceful waterfall of nature eats away at the remains of the building. But who remembers, who cares?
9. Underwater City, Sicheng, China
The city sinks beneath our line of sight. What is preserved below, is a story to us today – but was once the life of whom might have been you and I.
10. Częstochowa Train Depot, Poland
Trains to nowhere, where shall you lead us today? Diligently chugging on the railroads once; when did you decide to stop trying?
All these probably stems from year-end reflections on what ‘could have been’. But who knows, ‘what shall be’ in the year ahead?