Allow your senses to expand

Allow your senses to expand

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness”- John Muir
Forest Bathing is a simple, yet powerful to way reconnect with who we are, in our natural setting. Find a place for yourself and settle into the present moment as we expand our senses and experience the natural world around all of us.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • I couldn’t agree more
  •  A very simple and powerful way to reconnect with who we are
  • Based on this crazy idea
  • Being in the woods is good for us
  • The practise of forest bathing is very simple
  • A focus on the present moment
  • Allow your senses to expand
  • Noticing the cool touch of the breeze
  • Birdsong
  • The wind moving through the leaves
  • The play of light through the canopy
  • Something that catches your eyes
  • Take an opportunity to stop
  • Like life unfolds when we are present
  • Naturally, organically and without control
  • The little treasures that we will find
  • Fully present in the moment
  • What you inhale is their exhalation
  • And in so doing
  • Allowing your journey take you where it will
  • Returning to where you started
  • A renewed sense of well being
  • Peace of mind
  • An appreciation for the life of  which you are a part

 

 

 

Dear Nature, we miss you

Dear Nature, we miss you

Timberland Malaysia

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Wandering in the woods
  • Airplanes flying in your skies
  • Isn’t all this silence strange?
  • Take this time to breathe
  • To bloom, to conquer your space
  • We promise we’ll treat you better than we ever did before
  • We truly understand how much you really mean to us

 

 

 

Cherish the little things that are magical out there

Cherish the little things that are magical out there

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • For me and my mom
  • The choices she made
  • She has taught me to love nature
  • Cherish all the little things that are magical out there
  • Eyes wide open
  • Deep breaths
  • An open heart
  • Rustling leaves
  • Calms my frantic thoughts
  • Make shift fishing rod
  • The circle of life
  • Everything on this planet flows in cycles
  • Create something new in its place
  • Feel this connection deeply and profoundly
  • Full of life and beauty
  • Try as we might we will never create like nature does
  • Both are vital to my creativity
  • What passions have your parents instilled in you?
  • Every other Monday

 

Some of the ice is over 100,000 years old

Some of the ice is over 100,000 years old

TED

Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, “The Last Iceberg.”

Visit Camille Seaman HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  •  humans are not separate from nature
  • everything is interconnected
  • I was in awe
  •  I could only help but wonder that this was one snowflake on top of another snowflake, year after year
  • they have a distinct way of interacting with their environment
  • hold on to the bitter end
  • crumble in a fit of dramatic passion
  • but the reality is far from it
  •  it is not an end, but a continuation of their path through the cycle of life
  •  some of the ice is over 100,000 years old
  • Qeqetarsuaq  Greenland
  • It’s a very rare occasion that you get to actually witness an iceberg rolling. So here it is
  • pay attention to the shape of the iceberg
  • this video is real time

Image result for Qeqertarsuaq Greenland. world map

Open your eyes back to nature

Open your eyes back to nature

[The Great Big Story]

Culinary Artist, James Gop, has dedicated his life to embracing local foods, open fires and the vast beauty of the Berkshire Mountains. Mother Nature, to Gop, is a giant grocery store full of endless possibility. To celebrate the chef’s refreshing take on what it means to be an artist/explorer/chef in today’s world, Coors Light is enabling James’ next masterpiece: a sumptuous feast that showcases his top dishes, using hand-picked ingredients from the surrounding flora and fauna.

Follow James on instagram_logo  HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
  • Walk around in the woods
  • Curious nature
  • Culinary artist
  • More often than not
  • Later this week
  • Building a menu
  • Native species
  • The growing seasons are short
  • He never stops
  • It’s very inspiring
  • Continue to be better
  • My artistic expression
  • A seventeen-hour day
  • Sauté them in a lot of butter and a lot of salt
  • Little red berries
  • To forever change your lives today
  • Being here, present
  • Weeds and grasses
  • An edible grocery store
  • Exposing them to something they’ve never seen
  • Foraged pine bark
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • Making time
  • Be part of this experience
  • Open your eyes back to nature
  • Giving us the opportunity to tell our story
What is the power of trees?

What is the power of trees?

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So, how can we return the favor?

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Great great great grandson
  • Run around in the woods
  • Make rope swings
  • Inland rain forest
  • We spent all of our summers in the bush
  • Trees in urban environments are essential
  • As equal partners
  • People recover more quickly from surgery in hospitals
  • The workplace
  • There is evidence of these benefits
  • Every trees was connected to every other tree
  • Everything was connected to everything else
  • We would bury then in the trees
  • They literally live in the trees
  • Trees can recognize their kin
  • The air is cleaner
  • Constant contact with trees
  • It comes down to economics
  • Kids are doing better in school
  • A more urbanized nation
  • The value of having nature in the city
  • The cycle of life
  • We are just a strand in this web
  • We don’t own the earth we are part of the earth
  • Maintain that connection

 

What it feels like to be alive

What it feels like to be alive

Watch the following video :

destination british columbia

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • The purest water and air
  • A natural richness
  • The true currency of life
  • The kingdom of abundance
  • A land of giants
  • It forces you to re-think life’s measures
  • What is big, what is power, what is important
  • Supreme nature, super natural
  • Altitude swings that take you from sea to sky
  • From rainforest to desert to snow-capped peaks
  • This is the place where wildlife thrives
  • Mother Nature
  • Masterpieces forever in the making
  • Standing on the edge of the world
  • The deafening quiet of a mystical morning
  • It reminds of what it feels like to be alive
  • To find the wild within

Map of British Columbia :

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Where do you store your winter food supply ?

Where do you store your winter food supply ?

LabofOrnithology

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
be responsible

be responsible

“Never before has the issue of plastics in our oceans received so much attention on a global scale. Plastics|SA, the umbrella organization representing the entire South African plastics value chain, signed The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also known as the “Joint Declaration” in 2011. According to this declaration, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help protect our marine life from plastic and other packaging materials which are threatening their natural habitats and therefore also their survival,” READ MORE

Route 16

Route 16

[Destination British Columbia]

Riding Mount Robson to Prince Rupert with motorcycle enthusiast Theo Birkner.

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

• Boil it down to the essence
• A motorcyclist
• Ride a motorbike
• An avenue to fun and adventure
• I love to get out on adventures
• It slices through VC from east to west
• A cultural engagement
• Absolutely in love with the mountains
• Coastal mountainous terrain
• The communities you ride through
• All types of people
• Nice engaging proud members of their community
• You’re friends for life
• That is priceless

Connect with people you love

Connect with people you love

[Green Renaissance]

“You can find rhythm everywhere. Pulse and cycles and nature and moon phases. It has a rhythm.” – Ronan Skillen

Ronan is a talented musician, who finds his inspiration, his balance and his connection, through spending time in nature. It’s where he re-tunes his body, mind and soul.

“Music isn’t simply a sound produced with instruments – it’s everywhere, permeating our environment, and it shares a common thread with nature, especially rhythm. Rhythm is what fascinates me most”

Connect with Ronan HERE

Visit Green Renaissance HERE

Vocabulary in chunks to learn from the video :
• You can find rhythm everywhere
• Nature and Moon phases
• It’s not like a thing that you can see or touch
• It’s a thing that you can either feel and hear
• A musician
• Loud environments
• Getting away from the city
• Finding a re-tuning a rebalancing of sorts
• Nature does that
• Rooted, balanced, connected
• The capacity to be more connected than ever before
• We are less in touch with each other than ever before
• It’s a paradox
• Social media
• It’s not a real interaction on a human level
• A constant challenge
• Spend less time on your phone
• That’s really it

Listen #3

Listen #3

Bernie Krause

Ecologist and musician Bernie Krause has made it his life’s work to record the planet’s vanishing soundscapes. Here’s why we need to tune into the environment. Read more HERE

Without sound…there would be no music, no legend, no voice to stir the soul, evoke the memory, or transport the spirit! From the songs of humpback whales and the screams of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas to the groan of shifting Arctic glaciers or the rumble of an approaching storm, Wild Sanctuary albums, installations, and recognized authority in the field of natural sounds is authentic, adventurous, and inspiring. Within a changing world, what you listen to matters!

Visit Wild Sanctuary HERE

The Birds of Paradise

The Birds of Paradise

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • They transform themselves into something that you’ve never seen before
  • They are unlike any creatures on earth
  • Most outstanding phenomena ever witnessed
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • Wildlife photographer
  • 39 Species of these miraculous birds
  • In an attempt to comprehend their secrets
  • How did that come to be
  • Exceptional Beauty
  • One of nature’s most extraordinary hidden wonders

Some interesting facts :

Males use their voices to broadcast their location and entice distant females to come and look. When females approach, males turn on the visuals, which often come with their own more intimate sounds.

A map of New Guinea

New Guinea

Explore more @ Birds of Paradise Project 

Free lesson plans can be found HERE

Free Webinars can be found HERE 

Listen #3 – The last song

Listen #3 – The last song

Hashem Al-ghaili

The last of the Hawaiian ‘oos’ this small bird is now presumed to be Extinct following no further sightings since 1985 READ MORE

Learn more HERE

FREE Education resources for teachers HERE

Truly wild

Truly wild

[Destination British Columbia]

Local photographer Ryan Dickie shows us his favourite places to photograph wildlife around the Alaska Highway in British Columbia, Canada.

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

• More often than not I’m out here by myself

• Very nomadic in the way they lived their lives

• My fondest memories

• Along the highway

• The Serengeti of North America

• Take your breath away

• I keep coming back

• A moose

• A wild animal

• Thank you for the moment

• Experience it first hand

• How important this area is to conserve

• For future generations

• Truly wild, untamed and unscripted wilderness

• The way it was meant to be

Learning how to fly

Learning how to fly

[GoPro]

Learn more about animal conservation and TAKE ACTION HERE

Abandoned by his flock, Bigbird the pelican stumbled ashore after a storm and was taken in by the staff of Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania. Watch as Bigbird learns to fly for the first time.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video:

He was swimming off the lake after a big storm and he couldn’t fly

He has lost his parents

Come on my boy you are going to go for a fly

Spread your wings, spread your wings

We have actually had to teach him to fly,

By running up and down the beach

Flapping our arms

Would you stay in a tree house?

Would you stay in a tree house?

[Africa Travel Channel]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Indigenous forest
  • We are a haven for those who long to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature
  • The young at heart
  • A true nature enthusiast’s hideout
  • Hand crafted
  • Self catering
  • Environmentally friendly tree houses
  • The lush evergreen forest
  • Modern day essentials
  • Uncompromising views
  • Over the tree tops
  • An ideal romantic honeymoon destination
  • A family breakaway
  • A life changing experience

Teniqua Treetops is a unique, tented tree house resort, offering eco accommodation, occupying a position high on the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua mountain range, yet situated along the magical Garden Route, close to the magnificent sea shores of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Teniqua Map

Teniqua Map2

Further information : Teniqua Tree Tops

More African posts

Dive

Dive

Atlantic Edge Films

Footage taken in FalseBay (South Africa) amongst the Kelp forests. See the variety of Shark species including the Seven Gill Shark and the Stripped Cat Shark.

Atlantic Edge Films specialises in underwater filming, marine logistics and has an extensive stock footage library of 4-8k footage. Based in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa they have a wealth of marine wildlife right on their doorstep – including numerous species of whales, dolphins, seals, marine birds, fish and of course sharks – lots of sharks!
They are experts at filming Great White Shark behaviour, both above and below the water, whether with or without a cage.
Their work is often featured on the BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic Channel.  READ MORE 

Recording the sounds of extinction

Recording the sounds of extinction

great big story

Ecologist and musician Bernie Krause has made it his life’s work to record the planet’s vanishing soundscapes. Here’s why we need to tune into the environment.  Read more at ideas.ted.com

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

Global warming
Natural Soundscape
The sun rises
Birds begin to sing
A soundscape ecologist
I record animals for a living
Repeat the recordings over and over again
An archive of material
Robust habitat with a signature of a stream
Changing drastically
A silent spring
Radically altered
Before logging
Same spot
A coral reef
In the long run
In the short run
We are partly to blame for that
A pair of earphones

 

Would you stay in a tree house?

Would you stay in a tree house?

[Africa Travel Channel]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Indigenous forest
  • We are a haven for those who long to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature
  • The young at heart
  • A true nature enthusiast’s hideout
  • Hand crafted
  • Self catering
  • Environmentally friendly tree houses
  • The lush evergreen forest
  • Modern day essentials
  • Uncompromising views
  • Over the tree tops
  • An ideal romantic honeymoon destination
  • A family breakaway
  • A life changing experience

 

Teniqua Treetops is a unique, tented tree house resort, offering eco accommodation, occupying a position high on the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua mountain range, yet situated along the magical Garden Route, close to the magnificent sea shores of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Teniqua Map

Teniqua Map2

Further information :  Teniqua Tree Tops

More African posts

Do you remember the last time you walked barefoot and reconnected with the Earth?

Do you remember the last time you walked barefoot and reconnected with the Earth?

[earthing original]

Earthing is a fast-growing movement based upon the major discovery that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy is foundational for vibrant health.

Other Ways to be Earthed:

Swim in the ocean or lakes
Garden with bare hands
Lay on the Earth
Hug a living tree
Lean up against a living tree
Sleep on the earth while camping

Read more @  EARTHING and @  BAREFOOTHEALING

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

·       The Sun’s energy is crucial for good health

·       Direct contact with the surface of the Earth

·       Our bodies receive a charge of energy

·       It makes us feel better

·       This is called Earthing

·       Throughout history

·       Absorbing the Earth’s energy

·       In today’s world

·       We live most of our lives inside

·       Shoes prevent us from connecting

·       We often feel drained and achy

·       You can start receiving the benefits of Earthing

·       Going barefoot outside

·       The more time the better

·       This alone can be life changing

·       You can start Earthing indoors too

·       Safely and conveniently receive Earth’s energy

·       Sleep deeper

·       Feel more refreshed in the morning

·       Wake up looking terrific

·       This life changing discovery

·       It’s a no brainer

 

 

 

 

 

Look deep into nature

Look deep into nature

 

[Green Renaissance]

“I believe with all my heart that we can create cities and towns that are functioning like a forest. How to really thrive on this planet is all around us.” – Sue Swain

Follow more of Sue’s work in the field of biomimicry HERE

 Visit Green Renaissance HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Sustainability

• The least favorite word in the English language

• It is so limited

• Shame I’m sorry hear that

• You are just hanging in there

• Nature is so much more vibrant than that

• Critically important it’s regenerative

• That’s what we should be striving for, is regenerative living

• They are sharing one particular territory

• There is no waste at all

• We have made chemicals combine

• 3.8 billion years

• The earth can’t recognize it can’t’ assimilate it can’t break it down

• We are acting like aliens

• I believe with all my heart

• The blue print is here

• How to thrive on this planet

• We need to ask nature what we should be doing

• You need to get out into nature

• You need to reconnect

• No patch of nature is too small

• To actually start you journey of discovery

• We are capable of so much more as a species

Until it’s just you…

Until it’s just you…

A beautiful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan about the wild within British Columbia, Canada

 [Destination British Columbia]

It’s just the ocean.

Until you are pulling your dinner out of it.

Until you see first-hand everything that lives in it.

Until you feel the push and pull of a thing so vast…

It is untameable.

It’s just a tree.

Until you see someone release the art trapped inside it.

Until you need shade from the sun or reprieve from the rain.

Until the night steals the warmth in you blood and a cedar sacrifices his its own flesh to give you fire.

It’s just a mountain.

Until you are standing at the bottom of it.

Face to face with it.

Until you take your first step to the top of it.

Until you reach the summit and stand eye level with the setting sun

It’s just a sky.

Until the stars poke holes in the darkness.

Until the wind pushes its howl through the open air with a wildness so blatant.

It sounds like a song you must dance to.

And it all looks…

So tame.

Until you there surrounded by no one.

Until water, earth, fire and air rewind you to a time you once knew.

Until the world feels massive again.

Until it’s just you…

Feed your soul

Feed your soul

 

[Green Renaissance]

Everything today seems to be so manipulated and plastic. We yearn for something that is powerful, true, and genuine. Animals are honest. Around animals, you feel like you grow. It feeds your soul.
Warren loves animals, and over the years has looked after many rescued and abandoned horses. He has a deep connection with these special animals and shares his story of how they have helped change his view of the world around him. What’s on the outside of a horse is good the inside of man.  Visit Green Renaissance HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• What’s on the outside of a horse is good for the inside of man
• Manmade activities
• It just feeds your soul
• Being in contact with these animals
• Quietly grazing
• You feel like you fit into the natural order of things
• I’ve always tried to look up instead of down
• I’ve tried to look past problems and things in my life
• The problems are even smaller
• Every now and again
• These things are equally clever
• The fact that they tolerate us is just absolutely phenomenal
• I sometimes can be an impatient person
• We yearn for something that is powerful and strong and true and genuine
• Everything today seems to be so manipulated and plastic and not honest
• What you get is what you get
• It’s so good for you
• You do feel connected

Visit a place shaped by 4500 years of history

Visit a place shaped by 4500 years of history

[Costa Navarino]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • He had a vision to preserve his homelands in Messinia
  • Create a sustainable prime destination
  • A region shaped by 4 500 years of history
  • History, heritage, traditions and nature
  • At the heart of Costa Navarino
  • Creating unique, memorable experiences
  • Meet the  locals
  • Authentic products
  • You are part of our story
  • Beach front villa
  • A first time visitor
  • A proud resident

A map of the region and further information :

A map of Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino

Travel Guide

 

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

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

 

 

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)

photography by vocabularyinchunks

View more entries for this Week’s Focus photo challenge

 

 

 

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

skyros

 

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.

Read more

A place of miracles

A place of miracles

singita.com
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
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 :

kids.britannica.com
kids.britannica.com

Weekly photo challenge || Trio

Weekly photo challenge || Trio

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TRIO

Whether it’s birds, opera singers, aces, or golfers, you can use the word trio to refer to anything made up of three.

You can probably tell by tri that trio involves three of something. It’s often used to describe a musical arrangement featuring three vocal parts or three different instruments, or a musical group made up of three players, such as a jazz trio consisting of a piano player, a bass player, and a drummer. For those not musically inclined, the word can be used more broadly to refer to three of anything, such as a trio of friends.

Source : vocabulary.com

 

 In response to The Daily Post’s  weekly photo challenge : Trio

Meet Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

Meet Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

[Lonely Planet]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Game reserve
  • Conservation area
  • Poaching threat to rhinos
  • A great diversity of other mammal species
  • Escalating at an alarming rate
  • Officially declared extinct
  • The territorial males will not tolerate him
  • The circle of life
  • He is honestly the friendliest rhino I’ve ever come across
  • You can pat him, you can stroke him
  • It’s not an ideal circumstance
  • In bygone times this area was full of rhinos
  • He was the last remaining rhino in this area
  • All in all it’s been a great success
  • We’ve got room to grow, and we are growing

Ol JOGI Ranch was established over 60 years ago and is a safe haven for the preservation and future development of Wildlife Conservation. The Ranch comprises a total size of 58,000 acres and is situated 225km out of Nairobi, just north of Nanyuki in the Laikipia North District.

For further information : Ol Jogi Reserve

Weekly photo challenge || Connected #2

Weekly photo challenge || Connected #2

Honeycomb

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Definition of connected  :  adj :  joined or linked together  : 

 [ source :  vocabulary.com  ]

 In response to The Daily Post’s  weekly photo challenge : Connected

Visit “My photos” to view my photography

Until it’s just you…

Until it’s just you…

A beautiful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan about the wild within British Columbia, Canada

 [Destination British Columbia]

It’s just the ocean.

Until you are pulling your dinner out of it.

Until you see first-hand everything that lives in it.

Until you feel the push and pull of a thing so vast…

It is untameable.

It’s just a tree.

Until you see someone release the art trapped inside it.

Until you need shade from the sun or reprieve from the rain.

Until the night steals the warmth in you blood and a cedar sacrifices his its own flesh to give you fire.

It’s just a mountain.

Until you are standing at the bottom of it.

Face to face with it.

Until you take your first step to the top of it.

Until you reach the summit and stand eye level with the setting sun

It’s just a sky.

Until the stars poke holes in the darkness.

Until the wind pushes its howl through the open air with a wildness so blatant.

It sounds like a song you must dance to.

And it all looks…

So tame.

Until you there surrounded by no one.

Until water, earth, fire and air rewind you to a time you once knew.

Until the world feels massive again.

Until it’s just you…

Weekly photo challenge || Close up

Weekly photo challenge || Close up

Close up 1     Close up 2  a piece of honeycomb

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Idioms :

 none of your beeswax

(British & Australian informal) an impolite way of saying that you do not want someone to know about your private life   

‘So where the heck have you been?’ ‘None of your beeswax!’

be as busy as a bee

(old-fashionedalso be a busy bee (old-fashioned)  to be very busy or very active

She’s as busy as a bee, always going to meetings and organizing parties.

be the bee’s knees

(British & Australian informal) to be extremely good

Have you tried this double chocolate-chip ice cream? It’s the bee’s knees, it really is.

have a bee in your bonnet

to keep talking about something again and again because you think it is important, especially something that other people do not think is important (often + about )

She’s got a real bee in her bonnet about people keeping their dogs under control.

source : the free dictionary

 In response to The Daily Post’s  weekly photo challenge : “Close Up”

Weekly Photo Challenge ||Half and Half

Weekly Photo Challenge ||Half and Half

Half and Half 3

 Half and Half 2
           

photography by : vocabulary | in | chunks
 

half-and-half

n : a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
or  (Brewing) a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild
adj :   of half one thing and half another thing
adv :  in two equal parts
 
source : The Free Dictionary
 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half”

Endless Greece

Endless Greece

Watch the following video :

(Visit Greece)

The Greek Islands

The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a truly unique phenomenon for the European continent.

The Greek Archipelago takes up 7,500 km of the country’s total 16,000 km coastline, offering a highly diversified landscape: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches with sand-dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark colored sand typical of volcanic soil and coastal wetlands.

Source : Visit Greece 

Weekly Photo Challenge ||Half and Half

Weekly Photo Challenge ||Half and Half

half and half
           

photography by : vocabulary | in | chunks

half-and-half

n : a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
or  (Brewing) a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild
adj :   of half one thing and half another thing
adv :  in two equal parts
 
source : The Free Dictionary
 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half”

Weekly Photo Challenge || Symbol #5

Weekly Photo Challenge || Symbol #5

Rooster
           

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Roosters are symbolic of aggressiveness and a warning of impending danger, it is also reflective of the shimmering aspects of personality.
 
Read more at Buzzle: Roosters
 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol”

Another interesting post on this symbol  : The Gallic Rooster

Weekly Photo Challenge || Symbol #4

Weekly Photo Challenge || Symbol #4

Blue Butterfly
           

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A blue butterfly is often considered as a sign of life, as it is an adult, and is at the peak of its life. Butterflies are often regarded as a symbol of love, and so can be seen used in various cards and paintings. In many cultures, butterflies are used to symbolize rebirth.
 
Read more at Buzzle: Blue Butterfly
 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol”

Weekly Photo Challenge || Vivid # 2

Weekly Photo Challenge || Vivid # 2

Vivid 2c   Vivid 2b   Vivid 2a

Vivid is an adjective that describes a bold and bright color, an intense feeling, or an image in your mind that is so clear you can almost touch it.

Sometimes you have a vivid dream that feels so real that even when you wake up, you can’t tell if the dream is really over. In that dream, perhaps there were flowers with deep, rich, and vivid colors that looked like they were painted. Vivid comes from the Latin vivere, which means “to live,” and vivid memories do seem to live on. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid”

Weekly Photo Challenge || Early Bird

Weekly Photo Challenge || Early Bird

Early Bird 2   Early Bird 3  Early Bird 1

If someone calls you an early bird, it means that you tend to get up very early in the morning. It’s usually a compliment to be called an early bird.

Early birds are people with a natural habit of waking early, and often also going to bed before it gets too late. You can also call someone who arrives early to events, movies, the airport, or appointments as an early bird. Early bird comes from a seventeenth century English proverb, “The early bird catches the worm,” which means that people who are well prepared are usually the most successful.

(source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “The Early Bird”

Weekly Photo Challenge || Blur

Weekly Photo Challenge || Blur

Blur 1

To blur is to make or become unfocused and fuzzy. Crying hard can cause your vision to blur until you wipe your tears away. Heavy smog or early morning fog can blur your view of the city, and two candidates’ similar views can blur the differences between their political parties. In both cases, things become indistinct and hazy. You can also call the haze itself a blur: “The whole day was just a blur after the exciting news I got in the morning.” In the 16th century, blur meant “smear on the surface of writing.” (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”

Photos from a Storm Chaser

Photos from a Storm Chaser

Watch the following video :

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ted.com

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Everything is interconnected. 
  • We are a small fishing tribe 
  • That’s part of you up there. That’s your water that helps to make the cloud that becomes the rain that feeds the plants that feeds the animals
  • In my continued exploration of subjects in nature that have the ability to illustrate the interconnection of all life
  • I started storm chasing in 2008
  • They can grow so big, blocking all daylight
  • And then there are the colors in the clouds of hail forming, the greens and the turquoise blues. 
  • What really excites me about these storms is their movement
  • They become lovely monsters.
  • The same process in a small-scale version that helped to create our galaxy, our solar system, our sun and even this very planet

http://www.camilleseaman.com/

A Wave Photographer shooting shorebreaks !

A Wave Photographer shooting shorebreaks !

Watch the following video :

Wave Photographer

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A part of my life
  • A picture of a shore break wave
  • Take a picture
  • I started shooting with this small camera
  • I shared the images with my family
  • A professional photographer
  • Long story short
  • It was the best thing I ever did
  • The wave is huge, everything is big
  • Boom it explodes and you try to sneak out the back
  • It’s just radical I love it
  • Capturing the art of shore break waves
  • You gotta be in shape
  • You gotta be able to hold your breath
  • I don’t mind getting pounded
A place where happiness is measured by footsteps in the sand

A place where happiness is measured by footsteps in the sand

Watch the following video:

Costa Navarino

A map of the region and further information :

A map of Costa Navarino

http://www.costanavarino.com/

http://www.costanavarino.com/files/18_media/downloads/brochures/CostaNavarinoBrochure2014.pdf

http://www.costanavarino.com/files/18_media/downloads/brochures/Food_Cards_Brochure_Costa_Navarino.pdf

Birdwatching – Sights and Sounds

Birdwatching – Sights and Sounds

What is Birdwatching ?

Birdwatching or birding, in its most basic sense, is the recreational hobby of observing species of wild birds, including their physical characteristics and behavior. In reality, birding is much more than a simple hobby and there are many benefits of birding that can be enjoyed by both novice and experienced birders.

Watch the following video :

Bird Watching

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

The  RSPB reserve at Tichwell Marsh, is one of the premier nature reserves in Britain

This DVD looks at its wild life throughout the year

Beginning on the 1st of January, moving through winter, into spring, then summer, followed by the autumn migration

Here’s just a  brief sample of the sights and sounds of Tichwell

Are you a Trail Hunter?

Are you a Trail Hunter?

Watch the following video :

Trail Hunter

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

A Trail Hunter

People just want to share their trail, share the spots they’ve been to

You ride the wave when you get on the road

For years I’ve been hearing rumors about the trail in the Pacific North West

It’s really only a border crossing away

People are telling you, you’ve got to go here man, check this out, it’s so cool

Road trip freedom

Is this real life

That is pure glory

Wild Horses in Iceland

Wild Horses in Iceland

Watch the following video :

Herd in Iceland 2

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

It’s very interesting to stay out here in Norway and feel how the horse is relaxed and has enough to eat

The freedom, mountains, how much they can move, that is why they become this special character

We drive them to the mountains and we leave them for the summer

We allow them to be totally free

In the fall, the owners collect them; they go to the highlands and take them back

It’s one of the best weekends of the year

I’ve been riding more than half my life

To breed horses in the future

Our horses go together

Riding a good horse in perfect conditions, you really can’t describe with words, the freedom of that moment and the perfection and the feelings you have

An Ice Climber

An Ice Climber

Professional climber and one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, Will Gadd, took ice climbing to new heights by being the first person ever to ascend the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls.

Watch the following video :

Ice Climber

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

This is Niagara Falls

It’s the largest waterfall in the world

A second ripping off the edge

It’s real

This is the first time in history that anybody has had a permit to go ice climbing there

Temperatures will continue to drop

I haven’t fallen off in 30 years of ice climbing

I’d like to get one more day where I don’t fall off

I’ll be honest I’ve got butterflies (in my stomach)

It’s never going to freeze totally

There is a lot of water flying around here, it builds up and then it breaks

There was no guarantee that this would work

I’m an ice climber, you know that is what I do, I travel all over the world and climb frozen waterfalls

I just climbed the absolute biggest burliest coolest waterfall in the whole world Niagara Falls