About four hours after I took this picture, I had to cross this moat in order to get back to camp. I was only wearing my knee boots that day, too. The icy water was waist deep and smelled like rotting vegetation. I had to hold my binoculars, GPS unit and data sheets over my head in order to keep them from getting ruined. As if hiking in rubber boots wasn't bad enough, the wettness of my boots and socks caused my feet to get soft and rub raw during the three kilometer hike back to camp.

Every morning around 5 or 6 a.m., the landscape would be covered in low fog. The fog usually burned off in an hour or so. Unfortunately, the film I used when I took this picture was too fast and made everything look darker than it was. I think you get the main idea, though.

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