Even though I don't take a "rapture" view of eschatology, the thinking has become so engrained in the Christian culture, that it was difficult to see the images otherwise. As such, I expected that people would be commenting (in the comments below the article) about the Apocalyptic nature of these photos. I was surprised to read the comments, which I found much more haunting than the images themselves. I won't comment, but let the ones I've selected speak for themselves:
I for one welcome and encourage the quietness of apocalypse.
- Sean patriot, TEXAS, 30/3/2012 15:45
Xizhimen ring road appears quite smoggy - no surprise as long as there is heavy traffic and industry. So once "humanity" has ceased to exist, what generates the smog that continues to appear in the picture?
- Ross Tulman, Columbus, OH USA, 30/3/2012
Looks like heaven to me, I would be delighted to see 99% of the world population disapear, but I would settle for waking up one morning and finding the south east of England had sunk under the sea overnight.
- Parent, Co Durham , 30/3/2012 15:05
What these pictures don't show is if we did get wiped out, how quite quickly nature would begin to reclaim the mess we have made of the world.
- ER, London, 30/3/2012 13:52