Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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In 1895, bacteriologist Ernest Hanbury Hankin was…

In 1895, bacteriologist Ernest Hanbury Hankin was working on the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India, and was to see no evidence of major cholera outbreaks amongst the populace even when millions flocked to bathe in the rivers during festivals. His later tests found something mysterious, especially in Ganges water: in standard Ganga jal, cholera was killed off in less than 3 hours. The same water, if boiled first, had no ability to kill the cholera bacteria. Hankin would later hypothesize about his findings in an 1896 paper for the Pasteur Institute, suggesting the presence of some organism in the Ganges water that was remarkably adept at killing cholera. Years later, in 1917, Felix d’Herelle helped shed more light on Hankin’s findings, finding an “invisible microbe” that was “parasitic on bacteria.” Herelle called it bacteriophage, or bacteria eater. While treating disease through phages soon began, it was abandoned in much of the world in favor of seemingly-simpler antibiotics. But now, with the rise of super bugs, phage therapy is again gaining interest from the medical community, as shared on last week’s @scifri (link in profile). Herelle and Hankin’s early discoveries have promise in fighting modern disease, and it all began on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna 123 years ago. | In this photo, a boat makes its was downstream on the Yamuna in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. #liveyouradventure #bacteriophage #Vrindavan #gangas2s #gangaaction @eddiebauer

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It took 45 days to travel the…

It took 45 days to travel the length of the #Ganges source to sea, and another couple years to take our film from raw footage to finished story. It’s nice to see it’s still got legs on the film festival circuit, and @pedromcbride and I are thrilled it will screen twice this week at the renowned Sedona International Film Festival (@sedonafilmfestival). Holy (un)Holy River screens tonight at 7:20 PM at @harkinstheatres in #Sedona alongside another great film, Captain of Utopia, by @sarah_delben. If you can’t make it tonight, I’ll be there for the second screening and a Q&A afterward in the same theater on Saturday, March 3, at 1:20 PM. Come on down to see the film and the other amazing films at the festival this year! #liveyouradventure #gangas2s @eddiebauer @surface

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The remote, former kingdom of Upper Mustang…

The remote, former kingdom of Upper Mustang captures the imagination with its austere landscape of deep canyons, towering cliffs, and snow capped peaks looming large on the horizon. Look closer, and the cliffs above villages and throughout the region are dotted with caves, painstakingly carved over millennia to perform rite and ritual, to worship, and to bury the dead. I was fortunate enough to shoot in this region and in many of these caves with @clarkliesl and @mreverest7x for the @novapbs “Secrets of the Sky Tombs” film which will air again tonight on local @pbs stations, telling the story of this ancient land and the first people to inhabit it… Like this soul, 1500-2000 years old, slowly reassembled by archeologist Marion Pouxy in a remote village near the Tibetan border. #liveyouradventure See a link with more information in my profile.

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Often it’s the simple, backyard forays that…

Often it’s the simple, backyard forays that yield the best views, the most solitude, and the deepest rewards. “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” #liveyouradventure #shotbypixel

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Some Thoughts on Shitholes: Dear Mr. Trump,…

Some Thoughts on Shitholes:
Dear Mr. Trump, Over the holiday, we spent Christmas Day with our families, as well as two friends we’ve known for the past year and a half. Two years ago, Kelemu and Yabsera found themselves in a very different situation, scratching out a living in a tent within the refugee camp of Kakuma along with 185,000 others from Sudan, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. They were some of the fortunate ones, able to secure an opportunity to come to the United States and begin life anew. And, indeed they are: Kelemu rises before the sun each morning to kiss Yabsera goodbye, before catching a bus to the airport where he pushes wheelchairs of disabled passengers to their planes. Yabsera heads off to second grade, where she studies diligently, working hard with other refugee and immigrant children to learn the language and ways of her new homeland. Kelemu often seems tired, weary of working long hours, and yet still barely able to make ends meet; but, he’s happy and optimistic, too, confident that if he could make it through 14 years in Kakuma, he can make it here, too. Yabsera is like any other second grader, quick to smile and to laugh, eager to play and learn and engage, blending seamlessly into this new world that’s become her home. She and her dad have big dreams, are working tirelessly to achieve them, embody hope, love, compassion, and and diligence in spades, and are flesh-and-blood examples of the dream that is – and always was – America. When they came for Christmas, we asked what they wanted or needed; Kelemu’s reply? “Only time with friends, that is all we need.” They came from a country that you off-handedly deemed a shithole, they came here for a better life – knowing full well what a tough journey it would be – and they’re doing it, embodying the spirit of America as much as any. CONTINUED BELOW…

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Goodbye, 2017, and, welcome, 2018. May your…

Goodbye, 2017, and, welcome, 2018. May your 365 days bring more peace, joy, love, and compassion to all. #liveyouradventure #NewYear #shotbypixel #momentgear @moment

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Sunrise over the Arctic, from 36,000 feet….

Sunrise over the Arctic, from 36,000 feet. Magical. #whatawonderfulworld #liveyouradventure #feelingsmall

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I’m not a churchgoer, but nonetheless find…

I’m not a churchgoer, but nonetheless find a resonance with small, humble places of worship like this one tucked into the mountains of Innsbruck. I guess I’ve just never understood the need of most faiths to construct gaudy edifices of gold and gilt, towering temples not so much to the divine, but to man’s need for power, hierarchy, and a sense of permanence in a world of impermanence. A simple place of worship such as this seems far more likely to me to connect one to the divine, a basic space more a part of nature than apart from it, tucked into the world of mountains where ego is shattered and humility fostered, and the knowledge that we are wonderfully insignificant is echoed eternally off mountain walls. #liveyouradventure #HöttingerBild

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Wishing a happy International Mountain Day to…

Wishing a happy International Mountain Day to all! Let’s celebrate mountains today, and every day! “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir, “Our National Parks,” 1901. #liveyouradventure #IMD2017 #MountainsMatter #internationalmountainday @unfao | Nuptse reflected at sunset in a small pond near Gorak Shep, Nepal.

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Mountains. They inspire, they frighten, they educate,…

Mountains. They inspire, they frighten, they educate, they inspire us, perhaps in equal measure. Personally, they have been a focal point of my life since I discovered climbing at age 12. In the 31 years since, the mountains have – to quote Boukreev – been my cathedrals. The mountains have pushed me to my absolute limits physically; they’ve enlightened me spiritually in profound ways; they’ve educated me culturally and opened my eyes to peoples and cultures and worldviews I would have missed otherwise; and the mountains have taught me innumerable times their intrinsic worth to us as a physical and spiritual world. The might and power of the mountains – and the people, flora, and fauna who inhabit them – belies a masked reality: they are powerful and proud, tall and tough, but they are also vulnerable. Globally, we see the effects of climate change and development inequality prominently in the mountains: glaciers are retreating, crops are failing, people are suffering, environments are struggling… And it all flows down from the mountains, eventually impacting us all. But, mountain people and environments – like the silent sentinels rising above them – are resilient and capable and will push through the challenges if given a fighting chance. On Monday, December 11, many of us mountain lover will gather in Rome to celebrate the bounty that is the mountain world, joining with others in celebration of International Mountain Day across the globe. Please join us: write a post, share a message, go climb a peak or walk a hill, and celebrate the mountains on Monday, and every day. #internationalmountainday #IMD2017 #liveyouradventure #mountainsmatter @eddiebauer #mountainpartnership #bestmountainartists | In this photo, #Nuptse rises from the evening sky from Khumbu Basecamp on Mt. #Everest.

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