Sunrise from within a cave at Caves Beach, New South Wales, Australia.
The summit of Lhotse (8501m) from half way between Dingboche and Chhukung. This was the only bit of sky visible at the time. Everest Region, Nepalese Himalayas, Nepal. Shot on Fuji Velvia slide film.
The wind and the cold, the omnipresent sense of insignificance, it all somehow creates a feeling of peace. Humans are strange creatures in the way that places of inhospitable isolation often provide a true sense of calm. It says a lot about the evolutionary search for beauty over practicality, and the in-built desire to seek new pastures well before the old ones have lost productivity. Despite this we seem to repeatedly lock ourselves in cages of our own making while we push our heads against the glass wishing we were on the other side. Midday winter sun falling on the endless Canadian Rockies with Mt Edith Cavell 3,368 m (11,050 ft) rising prominently. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.