At the beginning of the month we kicked off our #LiveMajor campaign on Instagram and since then we've been seeing some incredible photo submissions. People are hiking, biking, swimming, chilling and seeing landscapes, nightscapes, seascapes––you name it, we're seeing it! So for this month's round-up of favorite Instagram accounts, we wanted to shine some light on the photographers who helped us create the #LiveMajor collage that may have inspired a few folks to get on board with the campaign.
Our favorite local artist of the moment is Rory Jackson of Lincoln, VT. His stunning large scale landscapes of Vermont focus on "the dramatic light, and space around the mountains and valleys." Jackson also lives part time in Cape Three Points in Ghana where he paints seascapes and village scenes. If you're local or find yourself in the area this month, don't miss an exhibition of his work at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury.
Over the past fifteen years, more than 10,000 Americans have had their blood tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an attempt to determine their “chemical body burden.” The results of the CDC study were stunning: even those who lived in remote areas were found to have hundreds of synthetic chemicals in their bloodstream. More disturbingly, this chemical exposure begins even before we take our first breath— an astounding 287 chemical toxins have been detected within the umbilical cord blood of newborns.
Once in a while we get a note from a customer that really knocks our socks off. This one came from a firefighter and paramedic in Florida and deserves to be shared in full...
Hey Ursa Major team!
I'm a firefighter/paramedic in Florida & I know you had a sweepstakes a while back for sending or posting a photo of the Ursa Major wipes for a chance to win a free box of wipes. I'm not sure if that's still going but let me first say that it was my fiancé who ordered these for me to wipe the grime off my face & neck. You guys have no idea how much of a life saver these are. Cancerous carcinogens live on our turnout gear & every time we work with an entrapped patient during an auto accident or house fire they must be worn no matter the outside temperature which causes a 116% increased chance of developing cancer.
We're in the dog days of summer and nothing breaks the heat quite like a dip in a fresh, cool spring. Marshall - our resident swimming hole expert - shared a handful of his favorite spots in New Hampshire and Vermont. Now you know what you're doing this coming weekend...
We're very excited to be connecting with Charles Post for our Live Major series here on the Blog Cabin. The ecologist, art director, writer, and cinematographer has been passionate about nature preservation since his childhood and continues to work on projects that promote awareness about our local ecology. He just graduated with his Master of Science in Integrative Biology and spent the four years studying American Dippers. We're catching Charles right before he headed out on a three month trip!
Some of you may remember: last year we ran a fun little #LiveMajor contest on Instagram and got a ton of great submissions so this summer we’ve decided to build on that and turn this into a running campaign.
Starting today we invite you to share your favorite outdoor moments by entering our #LiveMajor contest on Instagram for a chance to win some of your favorite Ursa Major products!