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From The Field by Mark Zelinski

From The Field is a collection of some of my favorite images taken from 1975 – 2010 in more than 70 countries across seven continents. Most were taken during my wanderings without any agenda, although some of the people shots were created specifically for the book UNTITLED. In February 2010 it occurred to me to arrange these captured fragments of life, exposures which in total represent a only a few moments in time, in way that might symbolize millennia of life on earth. A series of random images, without words, without subjectivity: a story told through the universal language of photography.

More than 3,000 copies of this book have been donated to charities for children worldwide. At the request of many readers this blog will comprise weekly installments of textual descriptions for each photograph in From The Field. Each image will be observed and translated into words that flow naturally from memory.

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Page 118-119 | 1990, Zimbabwe/Mozambique border

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Morning light bathes a lone traveller crossing the Bundi Plain. Our early ancestors, home eructus, first appeared in Africa 1-2 million years ago, gradually replaced gradually replaced by the present-day family of modern humans. More than 4,000 copies of From The Field have been donated to 100 charities for children worldwide. In 2017 – 2018 more than 600 copies – one to each Native Reserve in Canada – will be donated by Mark Zelinski, in cooperation with Indigo Books and I Love First Peoples charity.

Page 116-117 | On The Field

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ON THE FIELD by Mark Zelinski
On the field it was hot and dusty. The jackals were hungry and tired of eating dry seeds. After all, they were meant to be carnivores. The sound of laughing annoyed them even more. Nearby, a giraffe munched on the high leaves that none other could reach. The giraffe was entertained by the chattering monkeys, who frolicked between the branches and groomed one another.
A watching lizard had a wicked idea. He whispered to the jackals, “I will give you a weapon.” The jackals were thrilled. They fed the weapon to the innocent monkeys and they perished. One by one they fell to the ground, but since the weapon was poison the jackals could not claim their prey. The jackals came to the animals of the plain and said, “The monkeys are dying. We must all help them.” So the jackals collected gifts and hid them under rocks, and gave only a little to the suffering monkeys.
The giraffe longed to watch them play again.
One morning a white tiger arrived from the domed mountain and said, “I am here to collect on a bill. Who holds the bill?” He looked at the giraffe, who shook her head. He looked at the jackals, who were liars and also shook their heads. He then looked at the lizard who tried to shake his head but couldn’t. The lizard nodded instead.
The tiger looked at the lizard quietly. “The debt that you owe is great. How will you pay it?” The lizard looked at the jackals, who feigned innocence. The lizard looked at the tiger and said, “Who are you? There are no tigers here.” “I have always been here,” the tiger replied.
The lizard nodded his head.

Page 114 -115 | Earth

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“THE BURNING FIELD” by Mark Zelinski
From the field I see them through the smoke – the Shadow Men in the towers, moving the pieces on the board. How many will die? What will the profits be? Who will be left to pay the expenses?

Page 113 | 1985, Ontario, Canada

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At the dawn of the digital age I photographed budding high-tech industries in Ontario for the National Film Board – robotics, fibre optics and early versions of the silicon chip.

Page 112 | May 1983, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

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As technology replaces manufacturing jobs, the need grows for innovation and re-education to secure future employment.

Page 112 | June 1999, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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This fish-eye photo of the Danieli 90-ton furnace at Slater Steel in Hamilton, was originally printed in my 1999 book “Greater Hamilton: From The Heart”.

Page 112 | March 1984, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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A fertile delta once existed here. Will our children have the wisdom to not repeat our mistakes of the past?

Page 111 | October 1989, Singapore

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Poverty pervades even the most affluent communities.

Page 111 | August 1985, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Slipping through the cracks of society, those with untreated mental health issues often lead a life of isolation, homelessness and addiction.

Page 111 | August 2009, South Africa

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Lingering shantytowns known as “Squatter’s Camps” are cruel remnants of the Aparthied Era.

Page 111 | November 1976, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A commuter emerges from a plume of street steam on a cold morning in Toronto’s financial district.

Page 111 | January 1994, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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“Madres de la Plaza de Mayo”
For 40 years the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo marched at the presidential palace for the whereabouts of their children who disappeared during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship of “The Dirty War”.

Page 110 | October 1991, Antwerp, Belgium

Sexworkers are on display in 'windows' of Antwerp's once-violent prostitution zone, now a safe and regulated red light district.

Sexworkers are on display in “windows” of Antwerp’s once-violent prostitution zone, now a safe and regulated red light district.

Page 110 | June 1981, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Shooting jails across Southern Ontario for Ministry of Correctional Services was an interesting assignment, but I was never happier to finish a day’s work and go home.

Page 110 | November 1980, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The pulsing glow of neon lights, electrified glass tubes containing rarefied gases, illuminates the “Dundas Strip” section of Yonge Street.

Page 110 | October 1989, Hong Kong

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Fear and uncertainty pervade the busy streets of Hong Kong in the months following the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre.

Page 110 | August 1990, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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A woman of Indonesian heritage seems lonely amongst the crowds of the Dutch capital. Indonesia and the Netherlands have shared a history of colonial interactions for centuries.

Page 109 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

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I met some friendly soldiers while hiking through Chimanimani Park. They were there to aid refugees fleeing from Mozambique and to prevent the poaching of animals in the wild.

Page 109 | April 1982, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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I took this shot for the front cover of a Canadian Red Cross Annual Report. It was on this day that I first became aware of a then-unnamed fatal, sexually transmitted disease – later called AIDS.

Page 109 | April 1980, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sustained concentration, focus and stamina are a must for heart surgeons at Toronto General Hospital.

Page 109 | August 1999, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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During the Hamilton Air Show a pilot executes tailslides, torque rolls, multiple snap rolls and a mile-long knife-edged pass in his Pitts Special bi-plane.

Page 108 | December 2009, Muscat, Oman

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The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque opened in May 2001, with the capacity to hold 20,000 worshipers.

Page 108 | December 2000, Thailand

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Toes and fingers are used to untangle nets in remote fishing villages along the Gulf of Thailand.

Page 108 | December 1983, South River, Ontario, Canada

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Fire and ice at -40 degrees: A hotel encased in ice burns from within as firefighters attempt to contain the inferno.

Page 107 | July 1989, Nevada, U.S.A.

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A truck flashes across a desert highway carrying fresh produce to points east. Drought and a warming climate imperil California’s Great Central Valley, America’s primary source of fruit and vegetables.

Page 107 | April 1984, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Cities cope with stressed infractures as a seemingly endless stream of people flow into urban centers.

Page 106 | October 1976, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A window-washer traverses a precarious web of steel and glass in Bay Street’s booming Financial District.

Page 106 | July 1998, The Grand Banks of Newfoundland

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Monuments to a warming planet, oil rigs are destined to become relics of the era of fossil fuels.

Page 105 | April 1987, St. Kitts

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Built by African slaves for the British Military in the 1600’s Brimstone Hill Fortress commands a strategic view of the Eastern Caribbean islands.

Page 104 | July 1986, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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Charged regions of opposite polarity equalize themselves through electrostatic discharge releasing plasma light and thunderous sound during a storm over Lake Ontario.

Page 104 | July 1987, Italy

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Fishermen harvest the waters of The Adriatic in much the same way as they have for the past 5,000 years.

Page 102-103 | September 1992, Ontario, Canada

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A Plains Anishinaabe dancer from Alberta silhouettes a brilliant Ontario sunset. Pow Wow derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning “spiritual leader”.

Page 101 | December 2000, Nepal

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Against the backdrop of The Himalayas, two Buddhist villagers teeter on the edge of the world. I used this photo as the cover of UNTITLED my “global family album”. For more info about UNTITLED see: http://www.markzelinski.com/books.html

Page 100 | July 1989, Utah, U.S.A.

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A full moon casts ethereal light on the buttes and salt flats of western Utah.

Page 99 | December 2000, Nepal

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In a state of perpetual meditation a sadu is framed by the doorway of an ancient hindu temple on an upper tributary of The Ganges. Years later I found an old post card of a younger version of the same man in the same doorway – his hair half the length of this newer photo.

Page 99 | December 2000, Nepal

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Prayer flags adorn villages throughout the foothills of The Himalaya Range. May Peace reign on Earth in 2016.

Page 98 | November 2000, Thailand

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A young monk takes an evening walk at one of more than 400 wats (temples) in Bangkok.

Page 97 | May 1977, British Columbia, Canada

A young woman finds solitude at Beaver Lake, in the heart of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

A young woman finds solitude at Beaver Lake, in the heart of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Page 97 | August 1991, Japan

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Natural hot springs in the northern Japanese alps offer year-round sanctuary in the natural world.

Page 97 | November 2000, Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Devoted Buddhists worship at Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy.

Page 96 | July 1989, Montana, U.S.A.

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Watching and waiting in the Beartooth Mountains.

Page 96 | April 2002, Bali, Indonesia

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One of every three days is a religious holiday on the Hindu island of Bali.

Page 96 | April 2009, Bulgaria

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A priest performs a christening ceremony at one of the oldest Orthodox churches in Sofia.

Page 96 | October 1989, Singapore

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A quiet mosque contrasts the clamor and chaos of textile and spice markets along the row of shophouses known as Arab Street.

Page 95 | November 1989, New Territories, Hong Kong

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Over a 20-year period the pastoral fishing village of Sai Kung has transformed into a city of more than a million people.

Page 95 | November 2004, Peru

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While shooting weavers across the high Andes I happened upon an Inca wedding.The bride and groom had woven their own wedding clothes.

Page 95 | August 1990, Lesotho

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Well-adapted to mountainous desert terrain, Lesotho’s pony-warriors have long protected the high African Kingdom from invaders.

Page 95 | August 1987, Bath, UK

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A piper lured me into a courtyard of beautiful spa city of Bath, Somerset, where the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon c. AD 60.

Page 95 | November 2004, Peru

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The Elder made offerings of music and prayer as he guided me into the sacred rainforest canyon and waterfall of The Ashaninka tribe.

Page 95 | April 2002, Bali, Indonesia

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Page 95 | April 2002, Bali, Indonesia

I found my visit to the beautiful island of Bali to be spiritually, socially and creatively uplifting.

Page 94 | November 1989, Malaysia

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My most vivid memory of this Indian wedding was the spiciest food combined with room temperature topping a humid 100+ degrees C.

Page 94 | December 2009, Oman

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Page 94 | December 2009, Oman

This is the face that completed my 35-year global journey to create my book UNTITLED, a global family album without words. 3,500 copies of UNTITLED were donated to charities and deprived children with little or no access to books or internet. The photo also appears in the book FROM THE FIELD.

Page 94 | August 1987, London, U.K.

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Page 94 | August 1997, London, U.K.

Adorned in customary tribal dress… the punks of Trafalgar Square.

Page 94 | April 2001, Kenya

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Page 94 | April 2001, Kenya

Adorned in intricate jewelry, The Maasai are well-known as cattle-rustlers and as fearsome warriors that stood firm against slavery and poachers.

Page 94 | July 1989, Wyoming, U.S.A.

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Page 94 | July 1989, Wyoming, U.S.A.

An open range cowboy takes a meal and a hard-earned rest after a long day of riding through The Uintah Mountains.

Page 93 | November 2004, Peru

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Page 93 | November 2004, Peru

I had to move quickly to capture a photograph this shy Ashaninka girl who followed me, dodging my camera when I’d point it at her.

Page 93 | August 2000, Turkey

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Page 93 | August 2000, Turkey

A few days before their circumcision Turkish boys dress as little princes, signifying their passage to manhood.

Page 93 | January 2001, Costa Rica

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Page 93 | January 2001, Costa Rica

Friends at a tender age, a young boy nurtures his suckling calf.

Page 93 | October 1989, Sabah, Malaysia

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Page 93 | October 1989, Sabah, Malaysia

Always in the moment, children play and dream in the soft light of a Borneo sunset.

Page 93 | July 1999, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada

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Page 93 | July 1999, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada

Born in the last months of a waning millennium, this child’s life may span across three different centuries – into a world not yet imagined.

Page 92 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

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Page 92 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

Refugees of the Mozambican Civil War, children make the best of their situation, unaware of the motives that tear countries apart.

Page 92 | September 2000, Helsinki, Finland

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Page 92 | September 2000, Helsinki, Finland

A young cellist warms the sidewalks of Helsinki with music.

Page 92 | September 1975, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Page 92 | September 1975, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Taken on my first roll of Kodachrome, this image marks the beginning of my 35-year portrait odyssey for the books UNTITLED and From The Field.

Page 92 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

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Page 92 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

A survivor with dignity: this young mother escaped the war in Mozambique by traversing a mountain range brimming with landmines. One million died, and five million more were displaced during the terror of Mozambican Civil War.

Page 91 | May 2010, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Page 91 | May 2010, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

As human populations swell, the count of earth’s pollinators has dropped dramatically.

Page 91 | December 2000, Nepal

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Page 91 | December 2000, Nepal

In developing nations, women carry huge loads on their backs or heads – perhaps symbolic of their collective burden.

Page 91 | April 2002, Bali, Indonesia

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Page 91 | April 2002, Bali, Indonesia

Farmers across Bali flood their fields simultaneously, flushing out rodents and insects organically.

Page 91 | January, 1994, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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Page 91 | January, 1994, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

In January, midsummer colour explodes in the gardens of Ushuaia, the southernmost city on earth.

Page 90 | August 2000, Transylvania, Romania

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Page 90 | August 2000, Transylvania, Romania

The scythe is an ancient tool still used for cutting grass or reaping crops in villages of Eastern Europe.

Page 90 | April 2001, Kenya

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Page 90 | April 2001, Kenya

At the center of Maasai culture, young and old work together to sustain the success of each village.

Page 90 | October 1989, Sabah, Malaysia

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Page 90 | October 1989, Sabah, Malaysia

A pregnant Kadazan women tends a rice paddy in northern Borneo. I wonder how many children are born in a rice field?

Page 89 | December 2000, Nepal

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Page 89 | December 2000, Nepal

Hiking through the Himalaya, I was astonished by the diversity of race and cultures from village to village.

Page 89 | April 2001, Kenya

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Page 89 | April 2001, Kenya

For young Maasai, a growing herd holds the promise of wealth, status and many wives.

Page 88 | November 2004, Peru

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Page 88 | November 2004, Peru

In rhythm with the natural world, the Ashaninka way seemed to me a model of compassion and harmony.

Page 88 | November 2004, Peru or Bolivia?

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Page 88 | November 2004, Peru or Bolivia?

On this trip, I ascended from hot jungle lowlands of the Amazon basin to cold winter in the high Andes much too quickly. As a result I was laid up in a hotel room in Cuzco with a serious fever, unable to move and hallucinating for two days without food. On the third day my hired guides collected me and we drove for many hours to several villages near the Bolivian border. I crawled around on my knees for hours with my camera on a tripod, slowly taking photos of weavers. That night I was given antibiotics and days later the fever eventually broke. The interesting thing was that when I finally got home and processed the film, I did not recognize the people in the photos or have any memory of them – and I loved the pictures!

FROM THE FIELD Page 87 | August 1998, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

With its long, thin legs, long neck, and sharp bill, the great blue heron can feed in deeper waters and harvest fish from areas not open to most other wading birds.

FROM THE FIELD Page 87 | August 1998, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

With its long, thin legs, long neck, and sharp bill, the great blue heron can feed in deeper waters and harvest fish from areas not open to most other wading birds.

FROM THE FIELD Page 87 | November 2000, Sri Lanka

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FROM THE FIELD Page 87 | November 2000, Sri Lanka

Scooping river water with a coconut shell, a man cools down his elephant in the scorching midday heat. In Sri Lanka, an elephant is a man’s best friend.

Page 86 | October 2008, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

praying mantis,Ontario,Canada

The female praying mantis devours the smaller male while they are mating, biting off his head as they copulate. The mantis is a symbol of stillness.

Page 86 | September 1989, New Zealand (south island)

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Page 86 | September 1989, New Zealand (south island)

Old bark and tangled roots combine, creating textured relief.

Page 86 | November 2004, Peru

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Page 86 | November 2004, Peru

An Ashaninka girl collects worms from a high nest in the Peruvian rainforest.

Page 85 | December 2000, Thailand

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Page 85 | December 2000, Thailand

A Buddhist temple conjures a dreamlike setting within a labyrinth of coastal limestone caves.

Page 84 | April 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian Orthodox Church,Sofia,Bulgaria,ornate,frescoes,saints,angels,architecture,domes,Orthodox Church,inspired,worship,millennium.mark zelinski,fromthe field,photography,book

Page 84 | April 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria Adorned with ornate frescoes of saints and angels, the domes of this Orthodox Church have inspired worshippers for more than a millennium.

Page 84 | November 2004, Peru

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Page 84 | November 2004, Peru

The high point of my life was to be invited into the sacred canyon and waterfall of the Ashaninka tribe in the Peruvian Amazon.

Page 83 | October 1977, Toronto ON Canada

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Page 83 | October 1977, Toronto ON Canada

The evolution of form: part two.

Page 82 | Madhya Pradesh, India

Madhya Pradesh,India,from the field,ancient Mandu,Mark Zelinski's Photography Tour of India,Bhutan

Page 82 | Madhya Pradesh, India

Rumours of glory and sorrow echo throughout the deserted chambers of ancient Mandu. Mark Zelinski’s Photography Tour of Essential India and Bhutan http://www.gmtours.com/experience/photography-tour-to-india-and-bhutan

Page 81 | October 1977, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Page 81 | October 1977, Toronto ON Canada

The evolution of form; part one.

Page 80 | November 2009, Northern Territories, Australia

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Page 80 | November 2009, Northern Territories, Australia

A surreal two-toned wall painting is created as rainwater runs off of Uluru, washing away a layer of red iron from the world’s largest monolith

Page 79 | October 1989, Western Australia

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FROM THE FIELD Page 78 | October 1989, Western Australia

From the windswept reaches of sand dunes in the west to the fertile rainforest of the northeast, the spectrum of Australian terrain provides a spectacular venue for the Outward Bound experience. I traveled for three days by transport truck, bus and courier to intercept this group as they crossed the enormous Yaggerup Dune.

Page 78 | October 1989, Western Australia

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Page 78 | October 1989, Western Australia

Rows of drying sand glide over rain-soaked sand crafting natural dune art. The Yaggerup Dune moves inland from the Indian Ocean at the rate of one inch a year, covering giant karri trees with its advance.

Page 77 | August 1984, Black Sturgeon Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Page 76 | August 1984, Black Sturgeon Lake, Ontario, Canada

As I photographed these paddlers gliding toward a gleaming blanket of mist, I felt a quantum shift. This was my first photo of Outward Bound: my global odyssey had begun.

Page 76 | September 1991, Flamborough, Ontario, Canada

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Page 76 | September 1991, Flamborough, Ontario, Canada

A woman explores a cave behind a thundering veil as water cascades over The Niagara Escarpment at Webster’s Falls. This has been one of my favourite places to visit since childhood.

Page 75 | July 2001, British Columbia, Canada

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FROM THE FIELD Page 75 | July 2001, British Columbia, Canada

Inuksuk is a stone landmark, used by the native peoples of the arctic region as a point of reference in an often featureless landscape. Serving as an Inuit cultural symbol, Inuksuit are also increasingly becoming a mainstream Canadian national symbol.

Page 74 | April 1989, Baffin Island, NWT, Canada

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Page 74 | Baffin Island, NWT, Canada

For millennia the Inuit people mushed dog teams across the sea-ice in search of open sea for hunting. Here, I joined a group from Outward Bound Canada who lived for 11 days on frozen Frobisher Bay during an incredible cross-cultural course for northern and southern Canadians.

Page 72 | November 2009, Madhya Pradesh, India

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FROM THE FIELD Page 72 | Madhya Pradesh, India

The King of the ancient city of Mandu so loved his Queen that he diverted the Narmada River from the Nimar Plains far below to this reservoir where she could gaze at the waters she revered.

Page 73 | September 1989, New Zealand

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Page 73 | September 1989, New Zealand

This bright leaf shone like a jewel in a frigid stream of New Zealand’s south island. Waiting for hours, sometimes days, for Outward Bound groups to arrive at preset points in the wilderness I had the opportunity to completely immerse into the environment.

Page 72 | April 2008, Costa Rica

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Page 72 | April 2008, Costa Rica

Environmental preservation is a central component of courses at United World College of Costa Rica, where students from around the world have the opportunity to experience magical settings.

Page 72 | June 1990, Scotland

From The Field,Mark Zelinski,photography,lochs,Western Scotland,Outward Bound,ruins of ancient castles

Page 72 | June 1990, Scotland

Sailing the lochs of Western Scotland with Outward Bound, we found refuge in ruins of ancient castles at day’s end.

Page 72 | January 2008, Mexico

Maya,Mayan walled city of Tulum, Caribbean Sea,Spanish settlers, Yucatan, Mexico, from The Field,MarkZelinski,worship

Page 72 | January 2008, Mexico

Once an important trade port and place for worship, the Mayan walled city of Tulum stands on 12-metre tall cliffs facing east to the Caribbean Sea. Thriving for four centuries, diseases brought by the Spanish appear to have been the cause of its demise.

Page 71 | April 2009, Bulgaria

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Page 71 | April 2009, Bulgaria

A lone biped traverses the spring snow in the Balkans. This photograph marks the introduction of a new species to From The Field; human.

Page 69 | December 2009, Oman

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Page 69 | December 2009, Oman

Deep in the Al Abyad desert of Oman the doorway of an abandoned fort adorned in intricate Arabic relief stirs the imagination. Not long ago the Bedouin ruled the dunes as nomadic people, now mostly city dwellers with new oil wealth.

Page 68 | November 2004, Cusco, Peru

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Page 68 | November 2004, Cusco, Peru

Saksaywama is the former capital of the Inca Empire. With its enormous stones and inward leaning walls, rounded corners and variety of shapes, the fortress has survived a millennium of earthquakes.

Page 67 | September 1992, Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

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Page 67 | September 1992, Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Kinomagewapkong “the rocks that teach” contain 1200 carvings made by the Algonkian or Iroquian speaking people between 900 and 1100 AD. Deep crevices in the sloping sacred rock are believed to lead to the spirit world. Nanabush, depicted as a rabbit-eared figure, is the son of a human mother and the West Wind spirit father, sent to earth to teach about the healing plants, and about kindness, generosity and honesty.

Page 67 | August 1987, Avebury, Wiltshire UK

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Page 67 | August 1987, Avebury, Wiltshire UK

A lifting veil of dawn mist slowly reveals the inner ring of standing stones at Avebury. Largest of all neolithic henge monuments in Europe, the site is comprised of three concentric stone circles around the village of Avebury in southwest England.

Page 66 | September 1985, Milton, Ontario, Canada

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Page 66 | September 1985, Milton, Ontario, Canada

Eco-tourism is alive and well at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area as evidenced by foot-worn rocks near the edge of this popular rock climbing area on The Niagara Escarpment.

Page 66 | July 1978, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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Page 66 | July 1978, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Waves, wind and time are the enduring authors of countless tales etched onto the surface of shoreline stones.

Page 65 | June 1990, Yorkshire, UK

Page 65 | June 1990, Yorkshire, UK

Page 65 | June 1990, Yorkshire, UK

Natural, ancient “Limestone Pavements” on the Yorkshire Dales house a labyrinth of underground caves and waterways.

Page 64 | April 2001, Kenya

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Maasai Plain - Kenya snows of Kilimanjaro - mountain photography

Page 64 | April 2001, Kenya

Mt. Kilimanjaro looms above the Maasai Plain in Kenya. It’s difficult to comprehend that the snows of Kilimanjaro have receded to the mountaintop only 12 years after this photo was taken.

 

Page 63 | August 1987, Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales UK

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Page 63 | August 1987, Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales UK

I am always given a sense of freedom and space from this maternal image taken in a mountain range of South Wales. This scene might look the same a thousand years earlier…

Page 62 | June 1990, Yorkshire, UK

foggy Yorkshire Dales - tree growing from a limestone rock - image reminiscent of a painting

Page 62 | June 1990, Yorshire, UK

Driving through the foggy Yorkshire Dales I found this tree growing from a limestone rock – an image reminiscent of a painting I once rendered.

Page 62 | April 2000, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

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Page 62 | April 2000, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario Part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, the peninsula has the largest remaining area of natural habitat in Southern Ontario and is home to some of the oldest trees in North America.

Page 61 | November 2000, Sri Lanka

Page 61 | November 2000, Sri Lanka

Monitor lizards are large, carnivorous reptiles that occasionally stand on their two hind legs and appear to “monitor” their surroundings.

Page 60 | January 2001, Costa Rica

Page 60 | January 2001, Costa Rica

On expedition with Outward Bound Costa Rica students hike through one of the most rugged and unexplored regions of Costa Rica, the South Central Region. This area contains the country’s highest mountains and largest area of virgin forest.

Page 60 | April 2008, Costa Rica

Page 60 | April 2008, Costa Rica

The bold, translucent veins of this leaf caught my eye.

Page 59 | September 1989, New South Wales, Australia

Page 59 | September 1989, New South Wales, Australia

I was waiting at a country train station on my first day in Australia when the golden light of late afternoon bathed the land in its magic glow.

Page 59 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

Page 59 | August 1990, Zimbabwe

Elephants are the only surviving proboscideans in the world today: listed as vulnerable, the biggest threats to wild elephant populations are poaching for the ivory trade and habitat destruction.

Page 59 | October 1989, Western Australia

Page 59 | October 1989, Western Australia

The armoured outer stem of the slow-growing Xanthorrhoea or “Yakka” protects the inner stem from bushfires; flowering is stimulated by the fire.

Page 58 | September 1998, Ontario, Canada

Page 58 | September 1998, Ontario, Canada

Outside designated game reserves and national parks, African Lion populations are endangered. Habitat loss and conflicts with humans are the greatest causes of decline.

Page 57 | December 2009, Oman

Page 57 | December 2009, Oman

Camels have evolved and adapted magnificently to the extremes of the Arabian desert. They can withstand long periods without water and changes in temperature that would kill most other animals. I found this mother and suckling calf in the dunefields of Oman.

Page 56 | October 1989, Western Australia

Page 56 | October 1989, Western Australia

Salt-tolerant groundcovers mingle with the sand, helping to stabilize dunes along the beaches of The Indian Ocean.

Page 55 | February 1990, New Mexico U.S.A.

Page 55 | February 1990, New Mexico U.S.A.

Sun sets on the White Sands in Tularosa Basin, New Mexico. Unlike most white deserts that are composed of quartz, these majestic dune fields represent the world’s largest surface deposit of gypsum.

 

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