abandoned Soviet sculptures, Yugoslavia

scattered across the Yugoslavian countryside are dozens of eerie, dystopian sculptures in various states of dilapidation. commissioned by the former president of Yugoslavia, these monuments were intended to commemorate the battlegrounds of WWII. today, they stand forgotten and left to the elements, presenting an unnerving spectacle to whomever stumbles across them.

Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

founded in the mid ninth century, Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Burma. the city served as the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the ninth to the thirteenth century. it remains, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France

quick history lesson: the Pointe du Hoc is a cliff on the coast of Normandy, and was a important site on the battles of June 6, 1944, better known as d-day. scores of bomb craters dot the landscape as a poignant reminder of the events of that day.

Chand Baori, India
the Chand Baori is a stepwell in the Indian village of Abhaneri, constructed around 800 AD. at the bottom of the structure, the air is around five to six degrees cooler than the often arid and sweltering temperatures of the region. it was used as a gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat. 

Chand Baori, India

the Chand Baori is a stepwell in the Indian village of Abhaneri, constructed around 800 AD. at the bottom of the structure, the air is around five to six degrees cooler than the often arid and sweltering temperatures of the region. it was used as a gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat. 

plain of jars, Laos

the so-called “plain of jars” is an archeological landscape in northern Laos. thousands of megalithic jars are scattered across a large area on the Xieng Khouang plateau. to date, no one is exactly sure who made the jars or what their purpose was.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhao, Brazil
despite an abundance of rain characteristic of the rest of Brazil, this national park sustains virtually no vegetation and consequently has a surreal, almost desert like appearance.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhao, Brazil

despite an abundance of rain characteristic of the rest of Brazil, this national park sustains virtually no vegetation and consequently has a surreal, almost desert like appearance.

Crescent Lake, Dunhuang, China
Yueyaquan, or Crescent Lake, is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China. Mildred Cable & Francesca French visited the lake during their travels in the region and recorded their impressions in their book The Gobi Desert, “All around us we saw tier on tier of lofty sand-hills, giving the lie to our quest, yet when, with a final desperate effort, we hoisted ourselves over the last ridge and looked down on what lay beyond, we saw the lake below, and its beauty was entrancing.”

Crescent Lake, Dunhuang, China

Yueyaquan, or Crescent Lake, is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu ProvinceChina. Mildred Cable & Francesca French visited the lake during their travels in the region and recorded their impressions in their book The Gobi Desert, “All around us we saw tier on tier of lofty sand-hills, giving the lie to our quest, yet when, with a final desperate effort, we hoisted ourselves over the last ridge and looked down on what lay beyond, we saw the lake below, and its beauty was entrancing.”

Preikestolen, Norway
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Blue Lagoon, Grindavìk, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Grindavìk, Iceland

Qingyuan, China

Qingyuan, China