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I recently traveled to Central California, including the San Francisco Bay area, Monterey Bay, and Yosemite National Park. I took over 1000 photos, dozens of them actually in focus. Below are some of my favorites, manipulated to black and white as an experiment in contrast and color. ALL photos are the exclusive property of iamintellectuallypromiscuous.com and Holly Cochran. Unauthorized use or reproduction is explicitly not permitted.
Starting with San Francisco Bay ~~~
Americas Cup Sailboat in SF Bay
SF Bay Buoy and Seagull
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Skyline from the Bay
Alcatraz Blockhouse and Light House
Then traveling to Yosemite National Park ~~~
Bridal Veil Fall – Not quite dried up this summer
Yosemite Vista Including Half Dome in the Far Distance
Mountain Vista in Yosemite
Granite Composition 2
Lake Showing Reduced Water Levels
Then to the Mariposa Grove of giant Sequoia trees, also in Yosemite ~~~
Carvings on a fallen Sequoia
Giant Fallen Sequoia
Sequoia with burn scar and evidence of new life
Finally, to Monterey Bay and the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium ~~~
The bodies of those claimed by the peaks of Everest remain preserved as warnings of the perils of the highest mountain in the world.
Many have climbed to the top of the world on Mt. Everest, and many have failed. What happens to those who fall to the perils of Everest, a mountain with a place labeled “The Death Zone” around 26,000 feet above sea level.
Mt. Everest – photo courtesy of Getty images
Above 26,000 feet, temperatures nosedive, winds buffet the mountain, and the ice creates a slippery and deadly risk to climbers. Low atmospheric pressure is the silent killer at this height, where only about ½ the oxygen exists compared to sea level. Climbers who fail to acclimate prior to the ascent can black out in minutes. It takes at least 12 hours to travel through this stretch of the great mountain.
The dead lie as they fell. This one was resting against a snow drift when he died.
For those who fall, they usually stay where they lie. It is often impossible to recover a body under the conditions that led to their demise. The rest on the ice and snows, reminding those that follow that a simple misstep, a careless mistake, or a freak act of nature, can send them to the same end.
One of the earliest Everest dead to be found, face down where he fell
An injured climber unable to go on risks the lives of the entire climbing party. They are often abandoned by their climbing team simply because it is too dangerous to save them. Survival for the majority of the climbers takes precedence.
This infamous climber’s neon green boots point the way to travelers during their ascent of the mountain
Over 150 explorers claimed by Mt. Everest lie in state in their icy, above-ground tombs. The conditions that killed them also preserve them. Many bodies are never located, and fewer still are recovered after being found. They lie as a grim and graphic reminder of the cost to reach the top of Everest.
Check out some books related to climbing Mt. Everest and the dangers of the adventure.