Abandoned Buildings AND Cute Animals
August 22, 2013 8:04 PM   Subscribe

Once upon a time, a man explored some abandoned cottages. The people had left long ago, but the houses were still being lived in. Fortunately, the man was a photographer.
posted by Lou Stuells (26 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
 
Gorgeous.
posted by turbid dahlia at 8:08 PM on August 22, 2013


Loved the badgers. Sad for the lack of reptiles or fungus.

Beautiful nonetheless. Life does go on.
posted by Samizdata at 8:10 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Floor Badger is watching you allegorize.
posted by Ad hominem at 8:16 PM on August 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


I think he may have gone a bit overboard with the moody, atmospheric effec- SQUIRREL!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:27 PM on August 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


These are spectacular. Thanks for sharing!
posted by cribcage at 8:31 PM on August 22, 2013


Those are fantastic! Thanks!
posted by HuronBob at 8:31 PM on August 22, 2013


Beautiful! But is that a raccoon I see in these pictures? It looks like one, and I've read that raccoons were introduced to Europe, but didn't expect to see one squatting in Finland!
posted by hat_eater at 8:33 PM on August 22, 2013


I wanted to call this a fake as some of the pictures have badgers coming out in the daytime in the presence of a human. This is really untypical behavior. Badgers are mostly night or twilight living, and often fearful of humans. However, the first article states that it took him four years to get that shot, which sounds more realistic. Note that he also had to put food out for them and stand outside the house.

(Although, the article calls the badgers "weasels", which sounds like whoever wrote it has never heard of or seen a badger before. Maybe they muddled it with the stoat in other pictures?)
posted by Thing at 8:35 PM on August 22, 2013


I can't find neither weasel nor stoat in both linked pieces. Are my eyes deceiving me again?
posted by hat_eater at 8:39 PM on August 22, 2013


See the last link, number 28. Although looking again it is a marten.
posted by Thing at 8:42 PM on August 22, 2013


The shots are particularly amazing given that he didn't have a flash to work with. I'm not surprised it took him years to do what he wanted.
posted by immlass at 8:46 PM on August 22, 2013


Such beautiful photos - thank you so much for posting! I find it fascinating how dwellings get reclaimed by nature. While doing fieldwork sometimes I come across the footprint of a small house outlined by old rose bushes, bulbs or a solitary lemon tree. So lovely to see the animals doing the reclaiming!
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 8:50 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Badgers give a shit honey! Badgers ain't weasels.
posted by unliteral at 8:59 PM on August 22, 2013


Has this guy never sen Evil Dead or Mama?
posted by Hoopo at 9:42 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I saw similar pictures of reclaimed houses in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Something about wild creatures in a house makes me happy.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 9:59 PM on August 22, 2013


First joy: finding this. Second joy: miraculously, it hadn't been posted here yet. Third and most delicious joy: the thread spawns a spontaneous quibble over mustelids.

I am surprised at the dearth of hedgehogs, don't they usually round out the overgrown-garden trifecta with the foxes and badgers? And can we please naturalize them in North America? It's only fair.
posted by Lou Stuells at 11:43 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've read that raccoons were introduced to Europe

Yes, and they've pretty much spread everywhere, but I guess most are in Germany and environs.

However, I suspect the photographed animal is a raccoon dog.^ -- also an introduced species, from Asia.
posted by dhartung at 12:09 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I suspect the photographed animal is a raccoon dog

There are tanuki in FINLAND? Wow.

(Probably destructive to local ecosystem in some way but, still, tanuki in Finland)
posted by BinaryApe at 12:37 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wonder if they wear the same hats as they do in Japan.
posted by BinaryApe at 12:37 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Beautiful shots! I marvel at his patience and dedication to get them ... totally worth it.
posted by AlienGrace at 2:34 AM on August 23, 2013


Puppydog face-to-face with adorable little spherical rodent has seriously made my grumpy morning about 10,000X better.
posted by whistle pig at 3:59 AM on August 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


These are wonderful. Thank you for posting!
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:17 AM on August 23, 2013


Some really great stuff here. This one is my favorite, if for no other reason I can now link to it and say "Wall Fox is watching you misbehave and is very disappointed with you."
posted by quin at 6:39 AM on August 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Basically this is the door to Redwall, right?
posted by jetlagaddict at 6:41 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


what are you doing squirrel get out of that house you are not a person
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:23 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just want to say...

BADGERS!!

And Mr. Wall Fox.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:36 PM on August 23, 2013


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