el Dorado

The lost city of gold has tantalized explorers since the discovery of the new world. Does it exist? Dozens of expeditions searched and none returned with a satisfactory answers, a few never returned.

Sometimes I hear that the world's been explored, mapped, photographed. Nothing left to find out there. I don't argue. As society's hubris grows, the fog will close again on these forgotten places, returning them to obscurity and ushering in a new age of exploration for some.

Think, what really have you learned of the world from an online map? The varying shades and swirls of green and brown only mask the vast blind spots that remain.

It's comfortable to imagine satellites, hundreds of miles overhead, scrying like a fortune-teller who gazes into a clouded ball far below. To become aware of the gaps in our collective experience, to recall the places no human has yet laid eyes on, only spied at through distant machines can lend a certain sense of foreboding. Suddenly the world may seem bigger, a little more dangerous.

And maybe a little more exciting. Any explorer can tell you though, an image from a satellite is as good as an admission of ignorance; a modern version of "Here there be dragons". Nothing is certain until humankind has left its footprint, brought light into the darkness, and returned to tell the tale.

Somewhere a lost city of gold is still waiting. . .


See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning