What I have realized in the last 24 hours is that In a world full of so much pain and people who cause it, there is an inherent goodness full of empathy in so many countless more. Before the smashing of metal yesterday I'm not sure I would have admitted this. I thought the opposite as I began my drive that morning listening to news on the car radio out of Dallas and voices talking of hatred, racism, guns so many guns. But it was all like Dallas about to change.
In 2009 I took off to Nepal to follow a dream. So not far from my mind the last few days are the trekkers and locals who have lost their lives this week on the Annapurna trail in the Nepal Himalayas. It seems that most perished on attempts to go over the Thorong La pass at 5412m when freak weather moved in on them. It is not a technical climb this time of year but one must be prepared for any and all eventualities in the mountains. It reminds me we are not in control of anything and certainly not the big stuff. I'm saddened that so many lost their lives on this amazing trail and on their own personal journeys of discovery. For the humble kind Nepalese people too who have again lost loved ones in another tragedy this year in their beautiful land. Rest in Peace. Namaste.
Tonight I came across some I'd scanned of a trip to Indonesia in 1998. Here's a few from around the area of Lake Toba and Bukit Lawang in Sumatra. I'd gone to see the WWF Orangutan sanctuary in Bukit Lawang. Lake Toba I'd gone to for a few days, was so enthralled with the place and road weary that I ended up staying 10.
Photographing in the Western Highlands of Scotland while thinking of John Muir’s legacy and the sanctuary of mountains.