NATURE IS DANGEROUS. Bite your face, crush you with falling rocks, lull you into a peaceful hypothermic demise kind of dangerous. In fact, many things in nature are so dangerous that entire religions were once formed around appeasing nature’s angry gods. We as a species used to have a healthy respect for nature and the general understanding that practically anything in it could kill us at any time. It was understood: nature is a BAMF.

So explain to me why a traveler would brush past multiple warning signs and dip even a toe into a boiling acidic pool? Last year a guy from Oregon ventured off the trail for a therapeutic ...

Get The Enthusiast's Guide to Travel Photography now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.