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The New Year has dawned, and with…

The New Year has dawned, and with it the promise of transition, change, new beginnings, and overdue goodbyes to old ways.
It’s always both an exciting and daunting time, full of promise and challenge in equal measure. With the new year comes change, but really with each new day…new moment…new breath comes change. As Heraclitus said: “Nothing endures but change.” So, a couple of New Year quotes, one on change from the #Buddha, which always helps me recognize the fleeting-ness of life, and the need to embrace it fully; and one on embracing the wild ride of life from the great Edward Abbey.

Enjoy, and Happy 2015! (Oh, and this shot is from 2012 on #Everest of clouds swirling above ice cliffs on the West Shoulder.) “This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.” – The Buddha “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs; where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you beyond the next turning of the canyon walls.” – Edward Abbey

#edwardabbey #change #Buddha #transience #newyear2015

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Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies…

Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies some 70% of the nation’s water. It’s also important spiritually, believed to be one of the abodes of #Ngai, the good of the #Maasai and #Samburu people.

But, Kenya’s glaciers are dwindling, it’s storage capacity diminished. By 2050, its snows will be no more.

Support our mountains on this International Mountain Day…and every day!

#DIM14 #welovemountains #climatechange #internationalmountainday

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A herd of #Himalayan #Ibex stand on…

A herd of #Himalayan #Ibex stand on the flanks of the #Gangotri Glacier below #Shivling, #India.

The Gangotri gives birth to the #Ganges River (known at this point as the #Bhagirathi) just a few kilometers downstream. The Bhagirathi joins the #Alaknanda just below the #Tehri Dam to form the Ganges proper. It then flows some 1500 miles to the Bay of #Bengal, providing essential water for an estimated 400 million people within its #watershed.

But, like so many mountain glaciers, the Gangotri is receding at an alarming rate – about 15-20 meters per year, and nearly 2 kilometers in the past century.
Mountains are the water towers of the earth, and thus cornerstones of humanity. Let’s honor them today on International Mountain Day, and urge our elected officials to take mountains and mountain preservation seriously.

#DIM14 #internationalmountainday #welovemountains #liveyouradventure

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Happy International Mountain Day! Did you know…

Happy International Mountain Day! Did you know mountains provide some 70% of the world’s fresh water? That they directly support about 720 million people, and indirectly sustain billions more worldwide? Not to mention they’re a cornerstone of art, faith, and inspiration across cultures and continents?

If you love mountains, then please get out and show your support: Follow @welovemountains, print out a banner from their website, and most importantly, go climb a mountain. Take a pic, tag it with #welovemountains, share it here, and help spread the word!

#liveyouradventure #IMD #internationalmountainday #loveourmountains

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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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