En route to a big wall climb in remote Queen Maud Land, where I assumed that nothing but birds and occasional people ever visited, we discovered this mummified crabeater seal – more than 100 miles inland and 5,000 feet above sea level. There is no way any Antarctic predator could have carried it here, because anything big enough can only swim, and neither could it have blown here, because the incessant winds here almost always howl away from the South Pole (hence the polished ice.) The only explanation is that it propelled itself this far just through sheer perseverance and flipper-power. Talk about being tragically misguided!
Sometimes I just get lucky. On the Fourth of July I joined friends for a picnic at their house above Bozeman and the sky celebrated with a light show. Every one of these pictures was shot between 8 and 11pm without even leaving their back porch (except for lighting our own fireworks.) They do have a pretty nice view!
During a miserable 6-week climbing expedition to peaks above the Chilean fjords, violent storms sometimes trapped us with little to eat in cold, dripping snow caves. At our hungriest, we rationed freeze-dried eggs and triple brewed tea bags off the floor.
Pickings were better at sea level. Once, we spotted a fishing boat and traded a bottle of pisco for some shellfish gathered by a SCUBA diver. But there was a deadly Red Tide. “How do you know these are safe?” we asked.
“We have a laboratory!” exclaimed the captain proudly. Inside his filthy wheelhouse was a big tin can containing three mice. “We feed them the mussels and if they die, we go home.”
In both cases, though, little matter. When you’re hungry, you eat what’s there!
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Weekly Photo 7/15/11
It seems fitting to begin my new series, “Photo(s) of the Week” with one of my earliest published images: “Songs of the Vertical Desert.” I made this in 1974 in a tiny bathroom/darkroom while I was still a student UC Santa Cruz (way before PhotoShop!) The climber is near the top of Half Dome, morphing into Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nepal.