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Summer at the South Pole by Mikey Kampmann
Keeping up foregin relations. I owe a lot of gratitude to the wonderful security guards at Cerro Paranal who gave me all the coffee I could drink.

Keeping up foregin relations. I owe a lot of gratitude to the wonderful security guards at Cerro Paranal who gave me all the coffee I could drink.

Cerro Paranal Observatory at sundown.

Cerro Paranal Observatory at sundown.

Camping at Cerro Paranal Observatory

More from this night.

This earth will grow cold,
a star among stars
and one of the smallest,
a gilded mote on blue velvet—
I mean this, our great earth.
This earth will grow cold one day,
not like a block of ice
or a dead cloud even
but like an empty walnut it will roll along
in pitch-black space …
You must grieve for this right now
—you have to feel this sorrow now—
for the world must be loved this much
if you’re going to say “I lived”…

Nazim Hikmet

An excerpt from ‘On Living.’

Friedrich Nietzsche in “Beyond Good and Evil” holds that only a few people have the fortitude to look in times of distress into what he calls the molten pit of human reality. Most studiously ignore the pit. Artists and philosophers, for Nietzsche, are consumed, however, by an insatiable curiosity, a quest for truth and desire for meaning. They venture down into the bowels of the molten pit. They get as close as they can before the flames and heat drive them back. This intellectual and moral honesty, Nietzsche wrote, comes with a cost. Those singed by the fire of reality become “burnt children,” he wrote, eternal orphans in empires of illusion.

Decayed civilizations always make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art and culture for this reason. They do not want the masses to look into the pit. They condemn and vilify the “burnt people”—Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Cornel West. They feed the human addiction for illusion, happiness and hope. They peddle the fantasy of eternal material progress. They urge us to build images of ourselves to worship. They insist—and this is the argument of globalization ¬¬—that our voyage is, after all, decreed by natural law. We have surrendered our lives to corporate forces that ultimately serve systems of death. We ignore and belittle the cries of the burnt people. And, if we do not swiftly and radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and the ecosystem, microbes look set to inherit the earth.

Chris Hedges

An excerpt from ‘The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies’

http://m.truthdig.com/report/item/chris_hedges_jan_27_column_transcript_collapse_of_complex_societies_2014012

El Tatio

El Tatio is a geyser field north of San Pedro de Atacama. It’s definitely a tourist trap, but for good reason. My favorite part was all the different pressured sound the geysers made as they blew.

Desert geek.

Desert geek.

Approaching Valle de la Muerte

Desert travel style.

Desert travel style.

Laguna Cejar is a sink hole lake in the Salar de Atacama. It has a high salt concentration that creates a floating effect much like the Dead Sea (it was impossible not to float). Although, a local sign made it seem more like a place where somebody drowns while that person’s friends watch screaming.

Laguna Cejar, Salar de Atacama

I love this girl’s style.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

I love this girl’s style.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

10sec timer self-portrait, Cerro Castillo National Reserve
These were good days alone on the mountain.
"The key to feeling at home with your body, mind, and emotions, to feel worthy to live on this planet, comes from being able to lighten up." -Pema Chödrön

10sec timer self-portrait, Cerro Castillo National Reserve

These were good days alone on the mountain.

"The key to feeling at home with your body, mind, and emotions, to feel worthy to live on this planet, comes from being able to lighten up." -Pema Chödrön

It’s so hard to take a good picture of a glacier. This was way better looking in person.
Cerro Castillo National Reserve

It’s so hard to take a good picture of a glacier. This was way better looking in person.

Cerro Castillo National Reserve