It seems Chinese cities are clogged with hundreds of thousands of bikes-for-rent that no-one wants to rent, and which have therefore been abandoned. Yahoo has a photo essay about them that's fascinating. Up close, they're just junked bicycles . . .
. . . but when photographed from afar, after being sorted into like colors, etc., they look just like fields of weird flowers.
Click either image for a larger version. There are many more photographs at the original article. Open each in a new tab or window for a bigger view.
French-born photographer Mathias Guillin, 49, lives and works in Shanghai — where he took these stunning pictures with his drone.
His hypnotic photographs show thousands of bikes that have been abandoned in such a way as to make them look like massive tulip fields.
Shared bikes have flooded the Chinese streets, with over 1.5 million bikes in Shanghai alone.
Dubbed the Uber for bikes, Bluegogo has had to backpedal after going bankrupt late last year, leaving up to 700,000 bikes locked and unusable.
There's more at the link. Recommended reading and viewing.
(In the light of those photographs, one wonders how many of the rental bikes currently flooding US cities will end up the same way . . . One also wonders how much money was invested in the bikes that are now being junked. If I were an investor, I wouldn't be terribly happy about that!)