Window stories

Window stories

“Open your window and let the clouds and sky enter your room” – Yosa Buson


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Tis the season to be jolly #12

Tis the season to be jolly #12

photography by vocabularyinchunks

A Greek Christmas Tradition

While people across the world are decorating their Christmas trees, many Greeks opt for the Greek tradition of decorating a small boat. Greece was always a maritime country and, in the past, the majority of men worked as fishermen or sea men. For many centuries, Greeks have been decorating small wooden boats in order to express their gratitude for the safe return of their loved ones who were travelling at sea for the rest of the year.




The 5 Musketeers

The 5 Musketeers


Jump on the back and join a LIVE African Safari. Twice a day expert guides invite you to come along and drive through the African bush in search of the Big Five as well as smaller animals.   READ MORE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Incredibly fortunate
• A coalition 5 male cheetahs
• It’s not something that is unheard of
• It is quite rare in nature
• The musketeer coalition
• How the coalition is made
• The majority of their time
• The dominant leader
• The individual with the collar
• The first kills
• The leader of the pack
• Who is the boss
• An ecosystem
• An impact on the cheetah population
• Ousted and pushed into other areas
• They will then be populated by them
• That is Mother Nature’s way
• Only the strongest best genes survive
• They are incredible hunting units
• Their success rates
• Bring down prey
• Latch on larger prey
• Bring the animal down and dispatch it
• The coming months will bring
• We certainly have a lot to look forward to


I do what I love every single day

I do what I love every single day

[Cannon Australia]

View Abraham’s work here

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m a cinematographer
  • I have the absolutely best job in the world
  • I do what I love every single day
  • A camcorder
  • I felt very blessed that I fell into it at a young age
  • He’d been shooting films across Australia
  • Work for him as a cameraman
  • In the wildlife nature field
  • Recording this amazing world of ours
  • One of the joys of being a cameraman
  • Being able to share that vision with other people
  • May never actually get to see an elephant in the flesh
  • I can see improvements that I’ve made
  • Technically and also creatively
  • You should never stop pushing yourself
  • You can combine your love of those crafts with your personal interests
  • The great outdoors
  • We’ve only got one life
  • You might as well be doing what you love
  • I feel so blessed that I can go out there every day and do what I love

Job Profile  –  Cinematographer 

A cinematographer or director of photography, also known as DP or DoP, is the head of the camera and lighting crew working on a film or TV set. As a cinematographer you will be responsible for the development, look and feel of the images which will make up the final film.

To do this job you need to have a passion for film and photography. You also need to be a good communicator. If you are creative, have leadership skills and want to work in the film or television industry, then this career could be for you.

A common way into this career is to get experience of camera work by working your way up from a camera operator role. If you have a portfolio of photography or a reel of film work that you have produced yourself, then you could market this to get yourself known.

Your main tasks  would include :

  • visit a location (known as a recce) before filming to check  its suitability, access to facilities and lighting and sound potential
  • order filming and lighting equipment
  • test equipment such as lenses and filters to check their effect
  • manage all aspects of the filming, sometimes operating the camera
  • supervise the camera crew to decide on any special camera moves
  • work closely with the lighting team to decide on lighting techniques
  • review film footage with the director

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a cinematographer, you will typically need :

  • a passion for film and photography
  • knowledge and experience of camera equipment and lighting techniques
  • creative ability with a camera colour
  • colour-normal vision
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to work with a wide range of people
  • the ability to lead and motivate others
  • an eye for detail, and a steady hand
  • the ability to work well in a team and also independently
  • good IT skills”
Read more @ [National Career Service ]




“The earth says much to those who listen”   
          – Persian quote


Photography  by : vocabularyinchunks
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

Inspire Me # 20

Inspire Me # 20



Discover 100 Chinese treasures from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture

Housed in the Forbidden City, the Palace Museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world.  From jade sculptures to dragon seals, immerse yourself in a collection that captures 6,000 years of China’s culture and history    HERE


Where there’s a will, there’s a way #11

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #11


[Primitive Technology ] 

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE


Jump onto a LIVE, interactive African safari [elephants and lions spotted]

Jump onto a LIVE, interactive African safari [elephants and lions spotted]



Jump onto a LIVE, interactive African safari. Twice a day our expert guides invite you to explore the African wilderness in safari vehicles and on foot. Together, we will search for everything from elephants and lions to flowers and landscapes.

Interact with your guide by asking questions through #safarilive on Twitter or via the chat stream located to the right of the feed on YouTube.

UPDATE: As of Monday, 13th November:
The Sunrise drive runs from 05:00 – 08:30 local time, which means start times of 22:00 EST, 19:00 PST, 03:00 in the UK, 04:00 in Central Europe, and 14:00 Sydney time.
Our Sunset Safari runs from 14:30 – 18:30 local time, which means start times of 07:30 EST, 04:30 PST, 12:30 in the UK, 13:30 in Central Europe, and 23:30 Sydney time.

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.





To surprise others is a skill, to surprise oneself is creativity”  – laurenudoh

photography by vocabularyinchunks
In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise
Would you eat a PO’BOY sandwich?

Would you eat a PO’BOY sandwich?

[Bon Appetit]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • It’s a very messy sandwich
  • I think this is maybe like a jelly
  • Not bad, not bad at all
  • Dip the sandwich into it
  • Take a bite
  • Pretty good
  • This is a masterpiece
  • For the record I’m not the best sandwich maker
  • It doesn’t hold together very well
  • I’m not the patient kind of person 

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…

How do you like your coffee?

How do you like your coffee?


coffee (n.) c. 1600, from Italian caffe, from Turkish kahveh, from Arabic qahwah “coffee,” said originally to have meant “wine,” but perhaps rather from Kaffa region of Ethiopia, a home of the plant (coffee in Kaffa is called buno, which was borrowed into Arabic as bunn “raw coffee”). Much initial diversity of spelling, including chaoua. Yemen was the first great coffee exporter and to protect its trade decreed that no living plant could leave the country. In 16c., a Muslim pilgrim brought some coffee beans from Yemen and raised them in India. Appeared in Europe (from Arabia) c. 1515-1519. Introduced to England by 1650, and by 1675 the country had more than 3,000 coffee houses. Coffee plantations established in Brazil 1727. Meaning “a light meal at which coffee is served” is from 1774.Coffee break attested from 1952, at first often in glossy magazine advertisements by the Pan-American Coffee Bureau. Coffee pot from 1705.

Did you drink a cup of coffee on company time this morning? Chances are that you did–for the midmorning coffee break is rapidly becoming a standard fixture in American offices and factories. [“The Kiplinger Magazine,” March 1952]

 [Online Etymology Dictionary]
Missing Africa #5

Missing Africa #5

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Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot”.   -Nigerian Proverb