Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’


Every once in a while, your travels…

Every once in a while, your travels take you to a place that is so enchanting, so magnetic in its ethereal spirit and subtle power, that it draws you back before you’ve even left. It’s almost never a result of a single factor such as environmental beauty, cultural significance, or local interaction, but rather a precise and rare recipe combining all the above. We were fortunate enough to stumble upon such a place this past week on the remote, wild, and beautiful Pacific Coast of Colombia north of Nuqui called Morromico. More to come… #liveyouradventure #liveyourfamilyadventure @morromico #morromico

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A beautiful way to start the day…

A beautiful way to start the day and beat the scorching heat a few days ago with a nice alpine climb on Mount Evans. Sunrise wasn’t half bad, either, especially with no one around but some marmot avcs mountain sheep. #liveyouradventure #shotbypixel

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Water. To most of us in the…

Water. To most of us in the developed world, it’s something we take for granted. Turn the right tap, cold, clean water comes out. Turn the left, hot, clean water comes out. Sprinklers click on automatically, spraying potable water on our lawns even when it’s raining. Water scarcity, while a growing concern, is generally just an occasional annoyance for the vast majority of us. But, what if that bounty changed? What if our abundance turned suddenly to scarcity – as in Capetown and many other places – and the taps stopped flowing? We’d find ourselves abruptly tossed into the difficult reality of some 860 million globally who live without consistent access to safe water. For nearly 1 in 7 inhabitants of the globe, days are spent in a continual struggle for water, that most basic foundation of life. Women and children bear most of the brunt, foregoing gainful work or critical schooling to haul water from the nearest water source back to home. Countless millions are sickened by unclean water, and vast numbers die from waterborne illness. Can you imagine your world without safe water? Like me, probably not. So, please join me today – #WorldWaterDay – in not only celebrating water, but also in helping others around the world get access to it and empower them to change their lives for the better. While there are many great organizations to donate to, I’ve chosen to send my support to @water, who’ve impacted some 10 million people already with their innovative water equity financing, and will do much more in the years to come. Water is a given to so many of us… Let’s help it be the same across the globe. #waterisaright #waterequity #liveyouradventure #water #Rwanda

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And, we’re off! Heading back to Nepal…

And, we’re off! Heading back to Nepal with two other families for some fun adventures in Langtang and to connect with old friends nearby as well. Amazed that we’ll have 7 kids, ages 7 – 13, tromping through the hills. Fortunately, with @miahwatt on board as well, we adults won’t be outnumbered anymore. Good times ahead! #liveyouradventure

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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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