Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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Day 5 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: In 2012,…

Day 5 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: In 2012, heading in to #Everest for an attempt on the West Ridge, I awoke early in the village of #Pheriche to take photos. After a while of rambling around through fresh snow and frozen creeks, I stumbled upon this view of #Kangtega and the shoulder of #Thamserku. It took a while to get the right combination of slow shutter for the water without totally losing the sun-accented ridges, but finally it worked.

This image always makes me think of Loren #Eiseley in “Flow of the River”: “If there is magic in this planet, it is contained in water… Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future: It moves under the poles and wanders thinly in the heights of the air. It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake, or strip the living to a single shining bone cast up by the sea.” This has been great fun and a good exercise going through files to find the ones that translate well to #blackandwhite. I’d like to pass the torch onward to @davidcmorton, great friend, climbing partner, and one of the more creative people I know. Let’s see it, David! #liveyouradventure #blackandwhitechallenge #loreneiseley #water

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Day 4 in the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: I spent…

Day 4 in the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: I spent many frames trying to capture the man, a humble farmer in an impoverished village on the fringes of the great #Thar Desert in #Rajasthan, #India. His heavily lined face, weather worn, was accented by dusty, bent, coke-bottle glasses, his head topped by a meticulously wrapped turban. A traditional portrait seemed the way to go. But, it wasn’t working. No image I captured of his face conveyed the story I wanted to tell…The story of a man who spent years working hard, toiling under the rigors of manual labor, and yet emanating – more than anything else – peace, tranquility, and humanity. Then, I looked down and saw his hands… #blackandwhitechallenge #blackandwhite #dailylifeindia #aportraitsnotalwaysaface

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Day 3 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: An unknown…

Day 3 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: An unknown peak rises from the midst and cloud near the #Trident on South Georgia (Island). In 2004, I had the opportunity to guide the #Shackleton Crossing with Dave Hahn and Deidre Galbraith of the island…an amazing adventure in a stunning and still-wild landscape. #blackandwhitechallenge #liveyouradventure #ernestshackleton #southgeorgia #geographicexpeditions

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Day 2 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge. Lines of…

Day 2 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge. Lines of sand lead the way through the dunes of #Erg #Chagaga in southern #Morocco, on the far northern fringes of the #Sahara Desert. I had the opportunity to travel there in 2007 on a whirlwind trip. Amazing place! #blackandwhitechallenge

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“Everything we lost is coming back, and…

“Everything we lost is coming back, and more,” said Generose. A resident of #Rulindo District, #Rwanda, she lived through the #genocides (yes, there was more than one in Rwanda) to see her country at peace, with growing prosperity, and, to her amazement, a new #water system going in near her home. Day 1 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge, this one out of the archives from the Tokyo airport…Thanks @pedromcbride for pulling me into this! #blackandwhitechallenge

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Part of a #timelapse of the moon…

Part of a #timelapse of the moon rising behind #Lhotse, #Imjatse (Island Peak), and other peaks near #Dingboche, #Khumbu, #Nepal. This is the same timelapse I used to create the star trails/moonrise image posted previously. Beautiful night in a beautiful place! #moonrise #liveyouradventure #travelstoke #stars

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An exciting scene a few nights back…

An exciting scene a few nights back with star trails and the moon rise from #Dingboche, #Khumbu, #Nepal. Amazing what happens when most of us are asleep! #liveyouradventure #travelstoke #startrails

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The Milky Way lights up the night…

The Milky Way lights up the night sky above #Cholatse and#Tawoche near the settlement of #Tukhla, #Khumbu, #Nepal. Always amazing to me to be reminded of how much light pollution we have in the west, and thus how much beauty we miss in the night sky. #liveyouradventure #travelstoke

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Shooting a timelapse above the village of…

Shooting a timelapse above the village of #Deboche tonight, watching #Everest and the south face of #Lhotse and #Nuptse turn crimson. While I sat, camera clicking away, I saw a dozen #danphe, the national bird of #Nepal, for musk deer, and I’m 50% certain I caught a glimpse of a snow leopard scuttling away through the rhododenron forest…not kidding.
Amazing evening, and I’m reminded of the #Skanda #Purana: “In a hundred ages of the gods, I cannot tell three of the glories of the #Himalaya. As the dew is dried by the morning sun, so are the sins of man at the sight of the Himalaya.” #magic #liveyouradventure #travelstoke

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#Namche Bazaar was buzzing with life tonight…

#Namche Bazaar was buzzing with life tonight as #Sherpa continued to go house-to-house (as they had all day), singing and soliciting funds for local charitable programs. Meanwhile, ethereal clouds, dusted by the filtered light of the moon, danced through the night sky, revealing only bits of the #Kongde Ri massif rising behind town. A magical night in the #Khumbu…Thanks to @wendebvalentine for encouraging me to go out and enjoy it. #liveyouradventure #namchebazaar

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