Hindu pilgrims hike over glaciers and mountain passes to visit the shrine in the Himalayas
Every year Hindu devotees brave sub-zero temperatures, hiking over glaciers and high altitude mountain passes to reach the sacred Amarnath cave, which houses an ice stalagmite, a stylized phallus, worshiped by Hindus as a symbol of the god Shiva.
Located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, at 3,888 m (12,756 ft) above sea level, Amarnath cave is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains and covered with snow most time of the year, except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims.
Uranium City is small-town Canada taken to the extreme
Northern Saskatchewan’s Uranium City may be a life too isolated for the likes of most city dwellers, but as photographer Ian Brewster and anthropologist Justin Armstrong discovered on their trip to the ghost town, the city’s sense of community has kept its remaining 70 inhabitants going strong.
“The idea of the abandonment wasn’t as interesting as the people who stayed,” Brewster says. “You know, I don’t really view this as a story about the town and all the people that left, I view the story more about the people that have stayed and why they stayed and that was sort of the more interesting aspect of it for us.” (Photos: Courtesy of Ian Brewster)