Perhaps inspired by Taylor, St Petersburger and Chips, or some other photographer of abandonment on tumblr, it’s been on my list to explore the disused barracks that overlook the town of Whittier, Alaska. Its five sprawling floors of decay did not disappoint.
In the sandy desert grasslands of Namibia in southern Africa, mysterious bare spots known as “fairy circles” will form and then disappear years later. German scientist Norbert Juergens says the one ever-present factor is sand termites. The creatures have engineered the rings to maintain a supply of water in their environment. The invertebrates first clear a patch of ground by eating the roots of short-lived, annual grasses. This bare, sandy earth then becomes an effective rain trap - with no vegetation, water cannot be lost through transpiration. Instead, it collects, oasis-like, just below the surface where it can sustain the termites and a supply of perennial grasses at the margins of the circle