Cheating Death for a Photograph

Indian rhinoceros, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Indian rhinoceros, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Read incredible stories of near misses from photographers Mike Arzt, Don Smith,  and Paul Moon, as well as an account by yours truly of a run-in with an Indian Rhinoceros while working on The Living Wild.

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Everest Expedition, Mount Everest, Tibet
Everest Expedition, Mount Everest, Tibet

Recently I went to see Everest with friends and it took me right back to May of 1996 when the tragedy occurred. People will quibble about the movie being true to life, but that’s not what I am addressing here. The climbing community is tight, especially in a town like Seattle, and I knew Scott Fischer through mutual friends. From time to time he would come to my office to select mountain imagery to promote his company Mountain Madness. As is often the case, I was traveling when the news came from Nepal. Scott’s wife Jeannie arrived with his precious film and my staff was galvanized into action. They assisted her with getting it developed, edited and labeled, and making sure the selects got into a stock photography agency for worldwide distribution. It was one small thing we could take care of that helped her and her two daughters through an agonizing time in their lives.

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Donations for Nepal

A black drongo silhouetted in the setting sun, Nepal

Having traveled to Nepal several times, my heart is with the people of this beautiful country at this time of terrible tragedy. Here is a list of some of the groups soliciting donations for relief efforts in Nepal (courtesy of the New York Times):

American Jewish World Service
The Salvation Army
International Medical Corps
Handicap International
Mercy Corps
Catholic Relief Services
Habitat for Humanity International
Global Giving
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Urban scene, Nepal

World Vision
Red Cross
United Nations World Food Program
Samaritan’s Purse
Save the Children
Lutheran World Relief
The Jewish Federations of North America
SOS: Children’s Villages International
Doctors Without Borders
MAP International
International Relief Teams

Mount Everest and Nuptse, Nepal

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