Joyland: An abandoned amusement park in Kansas.

Joyland: An abandoned amusement park in Kansas. Joyland was once the largest theme park in central Kansas but today it remains abandoned and vandalised. It opened in 1949 and it remained in continuous operation for 55 years, until 2004 when it shut down due to economical troubles and safety concerns. The park had more than […]

Sunrise on Lake Michigan.

Kayakers paddle on a tranquil Lake Michigan at sunrise in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, United States. Image Credit: Photograph by Julio Cortez/AP See more images via The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

Ruins of the Mayan City of Palenque.

Image: Jan Harenburg, A fairly recently discovered ruined city lying in the protective embrace of the Mexican jungles, Palenque is one of the most breathtaking of all Mayan ruins. Known for its intricate carvings and as the resting place of Pakal the Great, the city was once a thriving metropolis between 500 and 700 AD […]

Ghost Towns – Two Guns, Arizona.

The story behind Two Guns, originally called Canyon Lodge, is a sad one. It all started in the 1920s, when the infamous Route 66 gained massive traffic from adventurous travellers. Many of these travellers stopped for supplies at Canyon Lodge, which was just a small trading post run by Earle and Louise Cundiff at the […]

Gunnison, Colorado: the town that dodged the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Spanish influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, Kansas, United States in 1918. Photograph: Associated Press In late 1918 the world’s greatest killer – Spanish flu – roared towards Gunnison, a mountain town in Colorado. The pandemic was infecting hundreds of millions of people in Europe, Africa, Asia and across the United […]

Joseph Gayetty – Inventor of Toilet Paper.

The first mentions of toilet paper were found in the Chinese 5th century writings and during the 14th century. They even started regular mass production of such paper in the amounts of over 10 million sheets in only one province. Wealthy citizens and the royal family in Beijing even had access to the several types […]

The Red-Headed Woodpecker.

Image Credit: Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Red-headed woodpeckers in Nevada explore numerous tree cavities. Census data from the Christmas Bird Count reveals that red-headed woodpeckers have declined in many regions of the United States. See other birds via National Geographic’s Favorite Bird Pictures.

The Art of Taillefer.

“Promissis Promissis,” by Heidi Taillefer. “As an artist, you really think of your work in and of itself, and you also kind of think about how it fits in with the market, if it’s going to be realistic to do this or not,” Heidi Taillefer says, of her relationship with the local art scene. We […]

Ghosts of Airships.

Hangar One in 2007 (photograph by FlyingToaster/Wikimedia) At Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, Hangar One looms as one of the world’s biggest freestanding buildings. Built in the 1930s, it sprawls over eight acres, giving it, like the Goodyear Airdock, a distinct weather that sometimes includes hovering fog. As a naval hangar, it housed the […]

Cypress Trees in the Mist.

Overall winner: Travel photographer of the Year: Marsel van Oosten Cypress trees on a misty morning on one of the countless bayous of the Atchafalaya basin, Louisiana, the largest US wetland. Marcel van Oosten is a professional nature photographer from the Netherlands and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. The judges said his photographs […]