“Go as a pilgrim and seek out danger far from the comfort and the well lit avenues of life. Pit your every soul against the unknown and seek stimulation in the comfort of the brave. Experience cold, hunger, heat and thirst and survive to see another challenge and another dawn. Only then will you be at peace with yourself and be able to know and to say; I look down the farthest side of the mountain fulfilled and understanding all, and truly content that I lived a full life and one that was my own choice” – James Elroy Flecker, Hassan…The Golden Journey to Samarkand, 1922
A transformation in less than 5 minutes, from a serene knee deep stream to a raging torrent that rang with the sound of shifting boulders and carried away trees.
“Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.” – Sir Richard F. Burton, The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî, 1870.
The wild nightlife of Harar, Following in the footsteps of Sir Richard F. Burton
Location: Harar, Ethiopia
At the lowest estimates there are more than five times as many stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth; and more atoms in a single grain of sand than stars in the Universe.
The Milkyway and both Magellanic Clouds are visable in this photograph, you’ll notice a shadow around my head caused by tipping my head back a little during the long exposure, I can only stand still for so long!
Location: Omandumba, Namibia
Photographer: Dave Wilkinson
“Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances… And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention… its mysterious stillness watching me at my monkey tricks” – Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 1899.
Photographer: Petri Hartikaninen
After a long day in the jungle, having a comfortable place to sit is a huge boost to morale.
A crazed look and pasty white complexion are the mark of a man who has spent too much time in the jungle.
Jungle Chair by http://www.UKhammocks.co.uk