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20 Haunting Photos of Disney's Abandoned Water Park

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SEPH LAWLESS

On June 20, 1976, River Country—Walt Disney World’s first water park—opened for business. A quarter-century later, on November 2, 2001, it closed. In 2005, that closure was deemed permanent. But rather than pack up all of the meticulously designed features that had given families so many years of splashy fun, Disney opted to just leave it there.

In the 15 years since anyone took an inner tube ride down the White Water Rapids, the images of happy families have been overtaken by overgrown shrubbery and debris. In 2016, for the 40th anniversary of the park’s debut, photographer Seph Lawless—who has a knack for capturing the eerie beauty of forgotten places—paid a visit to River Country.

“Along with Discovery Island, it is one of only two Disney parks in Disney's history to ever close permanently,” says Lawless, who captured the images below. “Both of the parks were left to slowly decay and to succumb to Mother Nature, leaving behind a beautiful apocalyptic landscape.”

More of Lawless’ work can be viewed on his Website, or by following him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

All images courtesy of Seph Lawless.

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This Photo of a Single Atom Won a Science Photography Top Prize
David Nadlinger
David Nadlinger

While you've been busy finding just the right Instagram filter for your cat, a University of Oxford graduate student has been occupied with visualizing a single atom and capturing it in a still frame. And the remarkable feat recently earned an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council photography award. Why? It was taken with a conventional camera, and the atom can be seen with the naked eye.

Take a look:

A close-up of a single atom in an ion trap
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That tiny dot in between the two parallel metal electrodes is a strontium atom suspended by electric fields in an ion trap. It’s visible because the photographer, Ph.D. candidate David Nadlinger, projected blue violet light into a vacuum chamber. The atom absorbed and reflected the light, allowing Nadlinger to snap a photo in the split instant the atom was viewable. The space between the two points is just 0.08 of an inch.

Nadlinger dubbed the image "Single Atom in an Ion Trap" and took the Council’s top award. In a statement, he expressed enthusiasm that other people are now able to see what his work in quantum computing looks like.

[h/t Newsweek]

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London Photographer Captures the Dogs of the World in Their Own Habitats
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When snapping pictures, some travel photographers prefer to focus on people walking the streets. Highlighting the local residents can help ground a place in reality, but humans aren’t the only subjects worth capturing. For his project "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs", London-based photographer Alan Schaller documents the canines that he finds in all corners of the globe.

According to My Modern Met, Schaller started out photographing people he met on his travels. The high-contrast, black-and-white look of his work has earned him widespread recognition. For his latest project, he has chosen to showcase dogs in the same style.

Schaller described dogs to My Modern Met as “consistently friendly, unpredictable, and amusing” compared to humans. When he sees a dog he wants to photograph, he will first ask the owner's permission, then bend down to the pet’s level to gain its trust. He has photographed dogs in Norway, England, India, Thailand, Turkey, and plenty of places in between, and the personalities of the dogs he captures are just as diverse as their homes. You can check out his photography below and follow Schaller on Instagram to see more of his work.

[h/t My Modern Met]

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