Santa Clara, Cuba

Che Guevara Mausoleum

This imposing memorial contains the remains of Che Guevara — and 29 other guerrillas who died with him in Bolivia
01 Dec 2015
Wheaton, Maryland

Wheaton Station Escalator

The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere takes over three minutes to ride down
01 Dec 2015
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Eyrie House Ruins

The walkable ruins of an 18th century hotel, destroyed in a horse cremation gone wrong
01 Dec 2015
Somerset Center, Michigan

McCourtie Park

This lovely public park has a history with Al Capone, the Underground Railroad, and cement wood
01 Dec 2015
Istanbul, Turkey

The Spoonmaker's Diamond

No one is sure if the world's fourth-largest diamond had been found in a rubbish heap or was pawned by Napoleon's mom
01 Dec 2015
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

Cleethorpes Air Raid Shelter

The first privately owned air raid shelter in Britain, built after a horrifying night of Zeppelin bombings
01 Dec 2015

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Driftwood Sculptures from America's Largest Swamp

by Anika Burgess / 01 Dec 2015

This photo essay is one of a five-part series with Atlas Obscura and Olympus. We asked some of our favorite photographers to take a quest with an Olympus E-M5 Mark II camera, and these are the results of their adventures. All photographs in this story were taken with a Olympus E-M5 Mark II with a 12-40mm Pro lens.

Louisiana-based photographer Julie Dermansky first heard about artist Adam Morales while shooting a report on the Bayou Corne sinkhole. As a photographer who focuses on environmental issues, she was intrigued to meet the artist behind the driftwood creations drawn from the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest wetland and swamp in the United States.

On a sunny day in early November, Dermansky visited Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum. Morales took her out onto the water, where he collects his driftwood, and gave her a tour of his property and his art. Pieces of driftwood and sculpture crowded the area around his Museum, some of which is for sale, and some, he prefers not to part with. Here is part one of the Atlas Obscura/Olympus series—a glimpse into the work and environment of one of Louisiana's most singular artists. 


Adam Morales at the entrance to Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum in Pierre Part, Louisiana. 

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