Spooky Photos Of Abandoned Amusement Parks Around The Globe
Earlier today, we brought you delightful places to conduct an Easter Egg hunt. Isn’t that cute? In the spirit of being a fair and balanced news operation, we now bring you something a little less chipper: derelict amusement parks! These spooky sites were recently featured on The Weather Channel‘s website. Yes, they’re bleak, but they’re also fascinating, particularly for fans of ruin porn.
Italian product manager and web designer Francesco Mugnai recently added a collection of images to his blog touting some of the most beautiful images of abandoned spots and modern ruins that he’d ever seen. The images Mugnai has captured come from empty castles, shuttered power plants, and dilapidated churches around the world. From a sunken yacht in Antarctica to a forever-closed amusement park in Japan, these images all make up a sort of anti-phoenix; rather than rising as new from the ashes, these husks remain preserved in decomposition, forcing viewers to confront the strange beauty of ruination.
Birds on California Island Rebounding from Rat Devastation Following Eradication Effort
American Bird Conservancy media release
Ten years after tens of thousands of invasive rats were removed from an ecologically significant island off the coast of Southern California, populations of rare seabirds are rebounding. There has been a four-fold increase in the number of Scripps’s Murrelet nests, and two species never before known to nest on Anacapa, the Cassin’s Auklet and Ashy Storm-Petrel, are now nesting.
Anacapa Island is part of Channel Islands National Park, which is comprised of five of the eight Channel Islands found off the California coast. West Anacapa has long been the home of the world’s largest breeding colony of California Brown Pelicans.
The non-native rats that threatened all of these bird species were first reported on Anacapa in the early 1900s. Research that came later found that the rats were eating 70 percent of the eggs of the once common Scripps’s Murrelet, which is now a threatened species in the state of California. The rats also ate native deer mice, reptiles, insects, intertidal invertebrates, and a wide variety of plants…
Here is my Love Bug illustration for HelpInk.org! They’re a great printing company that donates profits from each print to the charity of you choice. I love how this one came out, and it’s being sold exclusively through their website. The theme I followed was ‘Loving Others’ and for this one I tried to encorporate heart shapes into each insect’s body shapes, textures, and patterns. Prints are available in a variety of sizes as giclees and postcards and are also mounted on bamboo and birch. Available at Helpink.org
Sandworms often reach great lengths, sometimes exceeding four feet. They feed on seaweed and micro-organisms, have two large pincer teeth, and have been said to occasionally bite humans.
This is too beautiful to not reblog. I have a special fondness for the polychaetes and this is no exception. I’m used to classifying this beast by its synonym Nereis virens, but I suppose I ought to start using the actual accepted taxon. Still, same beautiful animal.
Ragworms are such gorgeous creatures. Look at those colours. <3
I’ll be honest, Polychaetes terrify me. I always imagine them burrowing into flesh with their grotesque, fanged proboscis and their wriggling little parapodia. I’ll remind you of the Bobbit Worm incident for those of you who think this fear is irrational…
These spectacular macro photos capture seemingly foreign underwater worlds, in a shocking variety of colours. LA-based photographer Felix Salazar took these photos in his salt water aquariums, experimenting with focus and light to get the perfect image—so although the madly radiant colours and mesmerising textures make the photos seem like digital renderings, each one depicts real coral. Many people think coral just comes in various shades of pink, but in fact, the plant-like marine life comes in a myriad of subclasses. They boast a resplendent spectrum of vibrant colour and beautiful textures, from bead-like polyps to blooming, flower-like bouquets.