Designed by nature

Designed by nature

[Great Big Story]

In the forestry hills of Big Sur, California, Jayson Fann weaves, bends and shapes eucalyptus and willow branches into incredible human-sized nests. Each of these “earthly temples” weighs in at over 100,000 pounds, often requiring heavy-duty equipment to aid in transportation and construction. Now, Fann is using his nests as an educational tool, helping students discover their ability to shape and create their environment, all the while strengthening their connection with nature.

Visit Jayson HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength
• An Earth Temple
• A Nature Temple
• Not one branch is the same
• To bring out the best of those shapes with each other
• I’m a nest builder
• An intuitive process of just gathering branches
• Building forts
• As big as one hundred thousand pounds of wood
• Gathering all the wood
• A chainsaw to cut wood
• A machete to cut off all the excess leaves
• I asses what kind of shapes I have
• Creating the foundation and the infrastructure
• I can weave in and around
• The trunk of the tree, all the way down to the very smallest twig and branch
• Transporting them across the country
• I use cranes and forklifts and different kinds of equipment
• All over the country
• An educational setting
• An educator
• Out into nature, interacting with nature
• The nest is something that can almost have grown out of the ground



Where do you store your winter food supply ?

Where do you store your winter food supply ?


Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • One of the most interesting birds that I have every photographed is Acorn Woodpecker
  • I found a population of woodpeckers in a Suburban Park, in Southern California
  • Thousands and thousands of holes in it
  • They are among the busiest birds
  • This is where they store their winter food supply
  • It’s a tree that has been used over the generations, multi generations
  • We don’t drill them all at once
  • Each winter they drill a few more
  • And add some more acorns to them
  • That makes Acorn Woodpeckers pretty special in the bird world
  • They’ve got glossy blue-black back
  • They’ve got red and pale yellow and black markings around their heads and faces
  • Their eyes really stand out
  • You can tell the males from the females
  • They’re highly social birds
  • They live in social groups year round, up to a dozen individuals or more
  • Dramatic and very wonderful wing-spread display
  • I really like to go watch them and photograph them


Anyone who imagines that all fruit ripen at the same time as strawberries, knows nothing about grapes.” ― Paracelsus


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Focus #2

Focus #2

“Nothing great is created suddenly.  It takes time. 

A bunch of grapes or figs first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen .”   ― Epictetus (Greek Philosopher)

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“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”   ― John Muir


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“Memories, like everything else, are momentary.” ― Santosh Kalwar


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Look Up #3

Look Up #3

Lab of Ornithology


In order to fly at peak performance, birds must carefully maintain their feathers. This means removing dirt, excess oil, and parasites. Birds do this by running their bill from the base of a feather to the tip, a process known as preening. In addition to removing debris, preening also realigns feathers, improving their aerodynamic performance. Read more HERE

 [All about birds]


These tiny horses may have once taken Achilles to Troy

These tiny horses may have once taken Achilles to Troy

National Geographic

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Small horse breed
  • They adapted to the local conditions
  • No white markings of any kind
  • A thicker mane and tail
  • A non-domesticated horse
  • Strong hard hooves
  • Expressive eyes
  • A handsome head
  • A much larger population
  • They were used in agriculture
  • The welfare of the Skyrian horses
  • A definable breed
  • From a conservation perspective but also form a welfare perspective
  • An education perspective to change local people’s opinion
  • Reconstruct the pedigrees
  • That was our main concern
  • From the horses that we bread
  • Has value in a contemporary society
  • Not a long history of equine  activity
  • Go off into the big wide world
  • To promote the Skyrian pony
  • To produce better quality Skyrian  horses


The Skyrian horse

Existing primarily on the secluded island of Skyros, the Skyrian horse, or Skyros pony, looks as if it were meant for a child. Although it shares many of the proportions of larger horses, the breed stands at a mere 100 to 110 cm (3.2to 3.6 ft). Some legends connect the small but mighty Skyrian horse with those that Achilles took to Troy, while other theories link the breed to the small horses that appear on the frieze of the Parthenon temple in Athens. There is no concrete proof for these claims, but evidence suggests that the breed has survived relatively isolated in Greece for several thousand years.

Due to declining use of horsepower, overgrazing of livestock on Skyros, and interbreeding with donkeys on the island, the number of Skyrian horses has decreased. Only about 300 horses are left. To preserve the rare breed, organizations such as the Skyros Island Horse Trust working to increase the population and encourage locals to protect the horses. The hope is to increase the genetic pool of Skyrian horses on the island to prevent their numbers from dwindling. [national geographic]

Read more about the Skyrian horse HERE



Leave your legacy in Africa

Leave your legacy in Africa

Rhino Africa

Rhino Africa was founded on a passion for the people, wildlife and spectacular landscapes of Africa. For over a decade, we have been tailor-making experiences for our guests from all over the globe. Come join us on our journey, and leave your legacy in Africa.

Three years in the making! This drone video captures the best footage from the most beautiful corners of Africa. Dramatic, stunning and magnificent, this video is a true reflection of this very special continent.

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A place of miracles

A place of miracles
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • Singita’s philosophy is to protect large tracks of land for future generations
  • To preserve and to protect them
  • Nature has evolved over millions and millions of years
  • One of the golden rules in conservation management is that you can’t reverse a process in one day
  • You are seeing business today being run with a much shorter time frame
  • With less strategic thinking than ever before
  • We have built this business block by block
  • To ensure that nature is left to itself, that man does not interfere
  • We have to intervene very quickly, to ensure that areas are protected for the long-term
  • It so incredibly authentic to come to Africa
  • People say to me that they go home looking at life very differently
  • It impacts on you on a spiritual basis, on a physical basis, on a sensory basis
  • There is a  sense of well-being
  • We will only take on new projects if they are as good, if not better, than our existing product offering
  • We look for these painstakingly
  • They are rare they are difficult to find
  • We are building a legacy
  • And that legacy we hope will endure for a long time
A map of the region :

Map of Singita

For further information visit Singita HERE
Meet Iceland’s wild horses

Meet Iceland’s wild horses

Peter Warner

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Icelanders call these captivating creatures their Viking treasures

  • You won’t see scenes like this anywhere in the world

  • These are wild Icelandic horses

  • Some of them have never been touched by the human hand before

  • It takes patience to win their trust

  • Iceland is a nation that thrives on Myths and Fairy Tales

  • It’s tapping into the countries natural resources to attract travelers with an adventurous spirit

  • They are trustworthy

  • It’s not just the beauty of the beast

  • An extra two riding styles

  • It’s like sitting on a sofa

  • The specialist Icelandic Horse Riding School

  • Local and international students

  • With an average 20% increase in tourists every year

  • They see these creatures as their most compelling ambassadors

  • Why it’s worth venturing off the traditional tourist trails

  • And though they may not strike you as the typical souvenir

  • Only here will you see them unaffected by civilization

Scotland – Created for walking

Scotland – Created for walking


Visit Scotland

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Enjoy family days out
  • See dramatic landscapes
  • Scale new heights
  • Join a guided group
  • Meet the locals
  • Stroll around the city
  • Take a coastal path
  • There’s a walk for every season
  • Scotland – Created for walking

Map of Scotland :

Get out and walk

Get out and walk

Air New Zealand

Map of the area in New Zealand :

Map of NZ Walks

Further information @ Great walks NZ