The banner image depicts the crash of Andree’s Eagle at the Arctic in 1897, photographed by expedition member Nils Strindberg. Swedish engineer/explorer S.A. Andree proposed to cross the North Pole by balloon — balloon (!?!) — in a patriotic effort to propel Sweden forward in Arctic exploration. The entire expedition crew consisted of three men — Andree, photographer Strindberg, and Knut Fraenkel. They all died.
I think the photo of the fallen balloon is beautiful.
If you want to read more: S. A. Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897