Category Archive for: ‘Photography’

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Stunning view from Fuego Camp on day…

Stunning view from Fuego Camp on day 2 of the Antigua to Atitlan trek. It was a big one yesterday, maybe 10 miles with about 4000 feet of ascent, but the whole crew – including 5 kids – did great. We arrived in Pachute with an impressive display of lightning and thunder and a big plume off distant Volcan Fuego, which erupted violently back in June. As always, though, @trekguatemala did an amazing job of preparing camp and keeping everyone dry, warm, fed, and happy. Today, another hike onward toward Atitlan. #liveyouradventure #liveyourfamilyadventure #whyihike

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Even at 12-1/2, Pema still loves to…

Even at 12-1/2, Pema still loves to adventure. She’ll plod along slowly on a trail, but as soon as I veer off, her energy rises, the thought of finding a new creek, interesting smells, and of course some nice rocks to carry brings a burst of vigor. We’re often in the boonies, zig-zagging through dead fall, scrambling up rock towers (we have a good system for easy 5th class scrambling with her in between my chest and the rock, lifted from ledge to ledge), fording hidden creeks, and discovering yummy remnants from lion kills. (Pema enjoys the latter more than me.) I’m convinced our adventures, although tiring for both, also help keep her young and strong; I know her companionship in the hills does that for me! And, it’s even better now with the @myraddog “Release N Run” collar we got recently: use the leash when you need it, and when you don’t it stows away into the collar. Pretty sweet setup, and makes it even simpler to get out into no man’s land with Pema. (Full disclosure: Rad Dog sent me the Release N Run to test, but I wouldn’t post something if Pema and I didn’t love it!) | In this photo, Pema atop a cool rock tower in a hidden canyon east of Mount Evans. #liveyouradventure #whyihike #myraddog

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Eleven. Hard to believe. This girl has…

Eleven. Hard to believe. This girl has taught me beyond words since she came into our lives in 2007. From enduring rain on Mt. Kinabalu at 7 months to handing Taggie to strangers in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal 8 months later, Lila – through our work and perhaps not her choice – experienced more of the world in her first 2 years than I did in my first 2 decades. It caused some shell shock for a while, an understandable desire to be home rather than away, in the known rather than the unknown. But in recent years, her desire to travel, to learn, to engage, and to experience has exploded, coupled with an openness to the experiences available only far outside our Colorado bubble. She’s taught me that patience often leads us to better lessons than haste… All good things come in time as they say. I’ve learned to share her insatiable and unending love for all earth’s creatures (well, except maybe for rats) and – to some extent – her drive to be on or in the ocean as much as possible; to see the world as art and emotion as beauty, laughter as medicine and the world as an oyster more beautiful than anything. It’s been an amazing 11 years so far, Lila… Thanks for sharing them with us, and I cannot wait for the years yet to come. | In Nuqui, Colombia, en route to @morromico. @wendebvalentine #liveyouradventure #liveyourfamilyadventure #happybirthday

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Six miles into the Indian Peaks Wilderness…

Six miles into the Indian Peaks Wilderness from Lake Granby is one of the most stunning areas in all of Colorado, and yet more often than not you can visit it without another soul around. Reflected in the crystal waters of Crater Lake is the pinnacle of Lone Eagle Peak. I’ve spent many days in this valley with no other company but some marmot and moose and my own thoughts and reflections. It’s close in yet far away, and an simple place to absorb the cleansing and healing tonic of wilderness. This is but one of many reasons why I hike. #whyihike #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #indianpeakswilderness #loneeaglepeak #bestmountainartists

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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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