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Man Made Reclaimed by Nature

Eerie empty streets, buildings taken over by vines, rusting underwater tanks inhabited by fish, these are the dramatic images of the places that time forgot.

Vines climb old stone walls, weave through windows and doors and creep along crumpling paths. In an abandoned village which has been reclaimed by mother nature, there is no sign of life other than the animals, birds and insects which have taken over.

Time stands still in the village on Shengshan Island – one of almost 400 that make up the Shengsi Islands to the east of China’s Zhejiang province. What was once a thriving fishing hub has been long deserted and naturally transformed into a green jungle of tangled plants and neglected buildings.

In Paris, you might be surprised to find a beautiful 19-mile belt of neglected green space in the centre of the city, which has lain abandoned since 1934. Now it is a treasure trove for graffiti artists and nature-lovers, and the people of Paris are passionate about saving it.

In another set of pictures, the shifting sands of the Namibian Desert have totally taken over a formerly opulent mining village built in the middle of the desert by wealthy Germans seeking their fortune. Now the only visitors are tourists and ghost hunters.

But the pictures all share one theme – that once nature finds a way, it soon takes over and transforms the space into something compellingly beautiful.

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In this abandoned fishing village on Shengshan Island, Zhejiang province, China, vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths. The fishing village has been 'reclaimed' by mother nature
In this abandoned fishing village on Shengshan Island, Zhejiang province, China, vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths. The fishing village has been ‘reclaimed’ by mother nature

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JVC Go Anywhere Camcorder

The JVC Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320 are a pair of new rugged camcorders

The JVC Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320 are a pair of new rugged camcorders

Last year JVC gave its Everio camcorders a rugged makeover, with the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 models getting the same sort of protection as itsADIXXION actioncam. Now the firm has updated its tough camcorder offering with the new Quad Proof Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320, which boast improved battery life and performance, while still being dust-proof, water-proof, drop-proof and freeze-proof.

Both the GZ-R450 and GZ-R320 look like the sort of camcorder you would normally shelter from the rain rather than go swimming with. read more

Never Before Seen Photos of Ike and Churchill

Never-before-seen pictures of Winston Churchill show the moment the former prime minister appeared to fall asleep at a Second World War reunion party alongside Dwight Eisenhower.

Churchill, then 84, was President Eisenhower’s guest of honor at the gathering, held at the home of the US ambassador in London, in 1959.

The party, held on the 20th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, brought together the great and good of the Allied WWII campaign.

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Nodding off: Winston Churchill (sitting, left) appears to be falling asleep as President Dwight Eisenhower (sitting, centre) and Harold Macmillan (sitting, right) chat at a meeting of wartime leaders. Also seen are Viscount Charles Portal (above Churchill), 1st Baron Arthur Tedder (above Eisenhower) and Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks (third from right)
Nodding off: Winston Churchill (sitting, left) appears to be falling asleep as President Dwight Eisenhower (sitting, centre) and Harold Macmillan (sitting, right) chat at a meeting of wartime leaders. Also seen are Viscount Charles Portal (above Churchill), 1st Baron Arthur Tedder (above Eisenhower) and Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks (third from right)

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Daredevil Biker Traverses Cliff

This breathtaking video captures the moment a cyclist traverses an almost-vertical rock face to conquer the world’s most dangerous trail – before making a return journey.

Michal Kollbek was filmed defying gravity as he made his way over the famed White Line in Sedona – a near impossible route carved into a rock in Arizona.

The stunning one-minute clip was filmed using a drone flying overhead and sees Polish rider Kollbek gradually make his way along the path with Red Rock State Park seen in the background.

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Death-defying: Daredevil Michal Kollbek rides his bike across the famed White Line in Sedona, in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park

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Previously Unseen Pics of The Beatles and Clapton

They were the musical icons of their age, watched on stage by millions of enraptured fans and famously photographed from every angle.

Now, however, a new set of intimate pictures showing George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and other 60s rock stars have emerged.

Taken by Pattie Boyd, the model and photographer who was married to Harrison before leaving him for Clapton, inspiring his album Layla, they offer a small glimpse into the mesmerizing lives of some of their subjects.

Notorious Rolling Stones party animal Ronnie Wood is show calmly finishing a painting, Harrison himself reclines shirtless on a bed, a pair of sunglasses resting at his elbow, Mick Jagger and Clapton chat on a natty sofa backstage at the JFK arena before the Live Aid concert.

Boyd, now 69, gathered the remarkable collection of negatives together for an exhibit at the at the San Francisco Art Exchange which begins on Tuesday and will remain until March 15. 

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Pattie Boyd, who compiled the collection of photographs, poses alongside her first husband and Beatles guitarist George Harrison who she married in January 1966. They are pictured in their garden in Kinfauns, Surrey, where they moved shortly before tying the knot
Pattie Boyd, who compiled the collection of photographs, poses alongside her first husband and Beatles guitarist George Harrison who she married in January 1966. They are pictured in their garden in Kinfauns, Surrey, where they moved shortly before tying the knot
Eric Clapton (pictured) became firm friends with George Harrison in the late 60s, but also fell in love with Boyd and his 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was inspired by her, in particular the title track. They married in 1979
Eric Clapton (pictured) became firm friends with George Harrison in the late 60s, but also fell in love with Boyd and his 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was inspired by her, in particular the title track. They married in 1979

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Ultralight Mini Action Cam

The Geco Mark II weighs just 20 grams
TheGeco Mark II weighs just 20 grams

 The idea of video eyeglasses and sunglasses always sounds great at first – forget strapping a boxy camera to your head and get footage straight from your glasses. What’s not so great is the limited selection and acquired taste nature of the options currently available. Not everyone is into the “Red Bull-chuggin’ extreme” styling of the Pivotheads or the “forgot my sunglasses so bought these at the pharmacy” look of Eyez glasses. The tiny Geco Mark II action cam solves the problem by letting you build your own using the glasses of your choice.

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Comet Landscape Revealed

If this cliff was on Earth it’d be among the tallest in the world – but it’s on a comet just two and a half miles wide.

The towering, jagged edifice, half a mile high with 65 ft boulders at its foot, was revealed by an amateur astronomer who studied an image beamed back by the Rosetta probe as it orbits comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

From his home in Kendal in the Lake District, Stuart Atkinson’s creation has been picked by NASA as its astronomy picture of the day – leading him to declare with delight: ‘Christmas came early for me today!’.

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Breathtaking: This cliff half a mile high has been spotted on comet 67P by the Rosetta probe - despite the lump of ice and dust measuring just two and a half miles across. Amateur astronomer Stuart Atkinson wrote: 'Just imagine standing there, craning your neck back'

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Giant Croc Hits the Beach

Amazing images have been emerged of the moment a mammoth saltwater crocodile shattered a dead sea turtle’s shell out on a remote beach in the Northern Territory.

Ranger Dani Best first discovered the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle washed up on shore two weeks ago, killed by a ghost net.

She cut the endangered species out of the net and placed a wildlife monitoring camera, which captured a number of animals coming in for a free feed.

But the footage also showed the powerful pressure of a crocodile’s bite as it crushed the outer layer of the turtle in order to gain access to the meaty goods.

Amazing images have been emerged of the moment a saltwater crocodile shattered a dead sea turtle's shell out in a remote beach in the Northern Territory

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Swimming With Whale Sharks

Simon Pierce grew up besotted with wildlife and not even a terrifying one-on-one encounter with a great white shark on his first solo dive could deter him from his passion of underwater photography.

The 35-year-old ‘scientist with a camera’ is leading a global whale shark research project, showcasing nature’s beauty in his spectacular underwater photography and documenting his mission to save some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

Pierce learned to scuba dive at university and instantly fell in love with what lies beneath the ocean, travelling the world to encounter remarkable species and highlighting their plight in his series of impressive snapshots.

Simon Pierce grew up besotted with wildlife and not even a terrifying one-on-one encounter with a great white shark on his first solo dive could deter him from his passion of underwater photography

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Just Kids and Their Pets

For many people, a pet can be their most loyal companion – a trusted soul-mate with whom they experience the highs and lows of life.

Now, photographer Elena Shumilova has captured the inseparable bond that exists between pets and their owners in a heart-warming selection of pictures.

They capture children and their pets at various moments in every-day life in Moscow and Andreapol, Russia.

Children are pictured playfully chasing their pets in a woodland, gazing out of a frosty, steamed up window before bed and finally snuggling up with their pets as they doze off.

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Photographer Elena Shumilova captures a young boy gazing out on to a lake with his arm wrapped around his pet dog 

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