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Everest and the Moon
Both of these iconic natural features evoke a great deal of emotion and serve as markers in the advancement of human society. They can both be considered defining achievements of the 20th Century, being ‘conquered’ 16 years apart; Everest first in 1953 and the Moon in 1969. As I looked up at this most uplifting of scenes this crossed my mind and I found it incredibly interesting to consider that people have spent time in both of these most extreme and remote places where life normally cannot survive.
The colours here are natural as I saw it; the rock really did glow this intense in the 5 minutes before sunset. Unsurprisingly because of Everest’s height it was the last piece of land to be illuminated by the sun on that day (like any other) and remained lit for a long while after the sun has disappeared from view. The photograph was taken from about 1/3 of the way up the peak of Kala Patthar, at an approximate altitude of 5,250m. The fierce cold that followed sunset quickly forced me to retreat back into the lodges down in the valley below.

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