PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: Like Cuzco, Quito is set in a broad Andean plain. It is surrounded by high mountains. It was to get on the top of one of these that we were dangling from a wire in a plastic bubble that swung gently as it rose. We looked back as people disappeared, then the forms of buildings disappeared, then the city was reduced to bright texture, the fabric of a culture consuming the plain. How long was the wire? -the end still not in sight -perhaps infinite at both ends! What new wisdom to gain from one more trip to the mountaintop?