Editor's note: In light of news that Michael Jackson's body will not be taken to Neverland Ranch in California for a public viewing , MNN has photos of behind-the-scenes to show you what you'll be missing.  And related on MNN, read about Jackson's eco-friendliness.

Ecorazzi, via The Daily Mail, has published stunning photos of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California. You could say that the massive estate is in an advanced state of disrepair — the fallen King of Pop reportedly abandoned his soon-to-be-auctioned erstwhile home in 2005 after being acquitted of child molestation charges — but it’s fascinating to see what happens to an immaculately landscaped property after being left to the devices of Mother Nature for four years.

Obviously, she wasn't too kind. 

Love, hate, or saddened by Jackson, there’s no denying that his former home/amusement park/zoo is reminiscent of Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us gone Peter Pan.

And in case you were wondering, the Daily Mail reports that none of Jackson’s personal menagerie — elephants, giraffes, lions, horses, and Bubbles the chimp — continue to roam the grounds. All of his animals have found new homes. 

If you had your druthers, what would you do with Neverland Ranch? Return it to its former glory or continue to let Mother Nature take her course? Ecorazzi suggests a farm sanctuary ... seems a fine idea by me. 

Via [Ecorazzi] via [The Daily Mail]

Photos: The Daily Mail 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Mother Nature goes to Neverland
See photos of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, which has been left untended since 2005.