While We Were Away

Is this what the world would look like if the pandemic didn’t end? The scientific word is entropy: things crack and crumble, they disintegrate. But they’re also invaded–by water, soil, light, life, transformed from the unnatural into the natural. As these photos remind us: life never really ends — it just takes new and sometimes more beautiful form.

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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33 Responses to While We Were Away

  1. OHMI! Stilling.
    Trusting it will go away though 😇

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  2. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    There’s beauty in everything for those who choose to open their eyes.

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  4. uzzawal1911 says:

    Yeah, these collection of images are both beautiful and eerie! It is an interesting question though! Nice post!

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  5. Clever Girl says:

    I love how nature and all its creatures have felt the absence of humans through all this. In Yosemite and many of our national parks, for instance, the animals have come back to these places where before, it was too overrun by people. It’s really incredible!

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  6. Wm. Allen says:

    I think history has something to teach us.The Black Death, was the most fatal pandemic recorded in human history, resulting in the deaths of up to 75–200 million people in Eurasia and North Africa, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351. Those deaths are estimated to be from 30% to 60% of Europe’s population and it took until 1500 for Europe to recover its population.

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  7. AECRM says:

    Thank you for this history lesson — the photos are stunning.

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  8. Mark Brady says:

    Hey Mitch, I am always drawn to photos, like the ones you shared, Not sure why, but perhaps its because, in some way, I can relate, identify with the objects ignored, walked away from, and disregarded. Their value unaccounted for. Until I see myself through God’s eyes. Then I see worth, and potential. It is then, instead of feeling sad, I smile, and feel satisfied.

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  9. tidalscribe says:

    We were at Whitby Abbey ( two of the pictures above ) last autumn, a great Yorkshire seaside town and how dramatic the ruins of the abbey are seen from any view point. They inspired Bram Stoker who had Count Dracula’s ship wrecked in the seas below. Then in the form of a black dog he ran up the famous 199 steps to the cliff top where a living church and the abbey ruins stand. Of course we owe quite a few dramatic ruins to Henry V111 with his Dissolution of the Monasteries!

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  10. revruss1220 says:

    Eerie. Dramatic. Chilling. Peaceful.

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  11. My husband and I went on a drive last weekend looking for abandoned farmhouses to photograph. There must be something going in in the collective unconscious.

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  12. radiostudy says:

    Glorious and haunting! Causes me to wonder about those who have ‘gone’ before.

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  13. radiostudy says:

    Gorgeous and haunting. Makes me wonder about those who have ‘gone’ before… their history and end.

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  14. Nice. Some really interesting photos.

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  15. gpavants says:


    Wow! I know this sounds weird, but there is a beauty in entropy. It’s a resurrection of sorts

    Were the leaders in that image American presidents? Tell me more about that one please.

    Thank you,


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  16. GP Cox says:

    Outstanding job, Mitch!!

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  17. Jane Tawel says:

    The paradox you raise is one I think on a lot. We are after all promised a new earth… as it is in God’s heavens.

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  18. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I too wonder about the backstory of some of these photos–like the homes with furniture still in place, draperies still at the windows. It’s obvious they were once lovely homes. How is it they were abandoned so long that plant life began to take over? Brings out the curiosity!

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