Abandoned Snowy Post-Apocalypse? 41 Photo Scenarios of Snowpocalypse or Snowmageddon

February 4th, 2012 Permalink

Snowy landscapes can alter a viewer’s perception of the scene, sometimes making it seem deserted and surreal as if the world has ended and a blanket of white descended. This had us musing on what a post-apocalyptic Earth might look like IF the world didn’t burn, but the people disappeared for some reason or another. In some of these photos, it seems as if the few lone Apocalyptic survivors are out and about to view the rebirth of the world 2.0. While this is a bit bizarre to be pondering, all of these winter snow photos struck a chord with us in harmony with what the world might look like after the Apocalypse. Most of the people would undoubtedly be gone, so seeing ‘survivors’ would be few and far between. In our Snowpocalypse or Snowmageddon scenarios, buildings would be abandoned and a quiet world would be wrapped in a heavy white blanket of snow. Some people love winter, the cold and the snow — perhaps even the photographers who captured these unbelievably beautiful and snowy landscapes that seem to us as if they could portray a world after the Apocalypse. [41 Photos]

A Snowy Ski lift on top of Åreskutan, in Sweden

Sweden: A snowy ski lift on top of Åreskutan. Photo #1 by Anders Carlsson

The road from Dornbirn to the mountain village of Ebnit in winter, Austria

Enter into the snowy realm of Austria: The road from Dornbirn to the mountain village of Ebnit in winter. Photo #2 by böhringer friedrich


Frozen Waterfall with icicles at Partnachklamm, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany

Frozen Waterfall with icicles at Partnachklamm, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. Photo #3 by Richard Bartz

Mouth of the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska

Mouth of the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska. Photo #4 by Sbork

Deep in the Black Forest

Germany: Deep in the bewitching Black Forest…surrounded by trees and snow. Photo #5 by Andreas Wonisch

Winter snowy scene at Shipka Pass in Bulgaria

Winter snowy scene at Shipka Pass in Bulgaria. Photo #6 by Psy guy

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina. Photo #7 by Luca Galuzzi

Glacier du Glacier du Géant, on the French side of Mont Blanc in the Alps

Glacier du Glacier du Géant, on the French side of Mont Blanc in the Alps. This photo was taken during July, brrr! Mont Blanc is in the background. Photo #8 by Ximonic, Simo Räsänen

A winter cloud sweeps over the Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise, Canada

A winter cloud sweeps over the Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise, Canada. The photographer titled this, “The Mountain Exhaled.” Photo #9 by Nikopol

The Flatirons rock formations, near Boulder, Colorado

The Flatirons rock formations, near Boulder, Colorado. Photo #10 taken by Jesse Varner & modified by AzaToth

It looks like there is no one else in the world in this photo of Lake Peyto, Canada

It looks like there is no one else in the world in this photo of Lake Peyto, Canada. Photo #11 by Shutter Runner

Switzerland -- Tschierva Glacier as seen from Piz Corvatsch

Switzerland: Tschierva Glacier as seen from Piz Corvatsch. The high peak dominating the center left of the image is Piz Bernina decorated with the Biancograt a distinct ice ridge. Piz Bernina is the only mountain exceeding 4000m in Engadin. The peak on the right is Piz Roseg. The Tschierva hut is visible above the left glacier moraine. The image is stitched from more than 20 individual images. Photo #12 by Daniel Schwen

Iceberg between Langø and Sanderson Hope, south of Upernavik, Greenland

Iceberg between Langø and Sanderson Hope, south of Upernavik, Greenland. South of Upernavik, Greenland. Photo #13 by Kim Hansen

Abandoned New Jersey, Winter drive through Marlboro woods

Abandoned New Jersey: ‘Winter drive through Marlboro woods.’ Photo #14 by joiseyshowaa

Overview of the 2nd fissure on Fimmvörðuháls, close to Eyjafjallajökull, as the lava flows down towards the north, turning snow into steam

Looks a bit like the end of the world in Iceland. Overview of the 2nd fissure on Fimmvörðuháls, close to Eyjafjallajökull, as the lava flows down towards the north, turning snow into steam. Photo #15 by Boaworm

cold as ice Black Forest

Cold as ice in the Black Forest of Germany. Photo #16 by Matthias Klaiber

Lauterbrunnen valley Switzerland

Switzerland: Lauterbrunnen Valley. Photo #17 by Keith Halstead

Panorama of the Jokulsarlon glacial lake in Iceland

Panorama of the Jokulsarlon glacial lake in Iceland. Photo #18 by Ira Goldstein

Abandoned City Methodist church in Gary, Indiana

Abandoned City Methodist church in Gary, Indiana. Photo #19 by craigfinlay

Climbers on Alpamayo mountain in Peru

Squint or cock your head and you can make out climbers on Alpamayo mountain in Peru. Again, it’s almost like the last survivors in a post-Apocalyptic scene. Photo #20 by Brad Mering

Seal tracks on Antarctic ice floe, seen from above

Seal tracks on Antarctic ice floe, seen from above. Photo #21 by Jason Auch

Fumarole on Mount Redoubt, Alaska, USA. One day before the eruption of 2009-03-22 the volcano shows steam venting and the summit glacier melting and breaking in an 'ice piston' feature

Fumarole on Mount Redoubt, Alaska, USA. One day before the eruption of 2009-03-22 the volcano shows steam venting and the summit glacier melting and breaking in an “ice piston” feature. Photo #22 by Cyrus Read, AVO/USGS

Byron Glacier near Portage Lake, Alaska

Byron Glacier near Portage Lake, Alaska. Photo #23 by Ianaré Sévi

Forêt de Soignes", close to Brussels, Belgium, on a snowy afternoon Post Apocalypse Running in the Cathedral

The photographer called this “Running in the Cathedral. Somewhere in the “Forêt de Soignes”, close to Brussels, Belgium, on a snowy afternoon.” It could almost be the last survivor running in the snow after the Apocalypse. Photo #24 by Vincent Brassinne

The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland. Swiss Pines are visible in the foreground

The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland. Photo #25 by Jo Simon

Church at the summit of the Wendelstein mountain, Bavaria, Germany

Church at the summit of the Wendelstein mountain, Bavaria, Germany. Photo #26 by Simon Koopmann

Not a soul in sight at snowy Washington Monument

Blizzard and not a soul in sight at the Washington Monument. Photo #27 by erin m

The eastern battery, near the abandoned Salbert Fort in France

The eastern battery, near the abandoned Salbert Fort in France. HDR Panorama. Photo #28 by Bresson Thomas

Sonian Forest close to Brussels -- 'Comfortably nestled in the Forest Snow'

Sonian Forest close to Brussels: ‘Comfortably nestled in the Forest Snow.’ Photo #29 by Vincent Brassinne

The Gitterpavillon at Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany

The Gitterpavillon at Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany. Photo #30 by AngMoKio

Abandoned and deserted barn in northwest Iowa

Abandoned and deserted barn in northwest Iowa. Photo #31 by keeva999

Hoar frost or soft rime on a cold winter day in Lower Saxony, Germany

Hoar frost or soft rime on a cold winter day in Lower Saxony, Germany. Photo #32 by Daniel Schwen

Paris by a snowy morning - Le Sacré coeur

Paris by a snowy morning – Le Sacré coeur. Photo #33 by ILhan Gendron

Lone skier in the Alps

Lone skier in the Alps. Photo #34 by friedrich

Winter scene of Windmill De Lelie (The Lily) in Aalten in the eastern Netherlands

Winter scene of Windmill De Lelie (The Lily) in Aalten in the eastern Netherlands. Photo #35 by van Walter Vaags

Snowed In

Snowed In. Photo #36 by JMS2

Icebergs Ecotourism in Svalbard, Norway

Ecotourism and checking out the icebergs in Svalbard, Norway. OR survivors searching to see if anyone else is out there? ;-) Photo #37 by Woodwalker

Frozen, snowy, no signs of life

Frozen, snowy, no signs of life. Photo #38 by Evonne

Derelict Concourse at Communipaw Terminal (CRRNJ), Jersey City, NJ

Concourse at Communipaw Terminal (CRRNJ), Jersey City, NJ. The photographer noted, “This abandoned shed, which covered 12 platforms and 20 tracks, is closed to the public.” Cold and in disrepair, it was once vibrant and lively, filled with travelers. Photo #39 by Howard Ignatius

Nuclear Winter in Chernobyl

Nuclear Winter in Chernobyl. Photo #40 by Trey Ratcliff

Signs of life, of winter ending and spring approaching. Mountain Breithorn (4164 m, Swiss Alps) with gentian (Gentiana brachyphylla) in the foreground

Signs of life, of winter ending and spring approaching. Mountain Breithorn (4164 m, Swiss Alps) with gentian (Gentiana brachyphylla) in the foreground (from near station Rotenboden). Photo #41 by Dirk Beyer


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