Geothermal energy from the earths crust rises-up to fracture the silence in the windswept world of Iceland. Glaciers contrast marsh and blackened sands, with lights of the Aurora dancing in the clear skies above. This viking wilderness of striking beauty and severe extremes is the battlefield for spirited competitors in a Fire & Ice Footrace.
RacingPlanet Iceland demands more than stamina, teams must overcome the challenges of this difficult terrain ‘self-supported’. Navigating the course under weight of gear and supplies, racing for first place in a week-long multi-stage event.
Discover what draws these adventurers to the ancient land and drives their passion for challenging extremes, their strategies and rituals, expectations and preparation in a revealing special on this year’s race (pg. 22).
Learn ten professional techniques for capturing Great Wildlife Photos from master mentors John & Barbara Gerlach. The piece is beautifully illustrated with photos from the duo’s latest book Digital Wildlife Photography and shares their combined knowledge and experience for a craft of visual intuition and technical skill (pg. 71).
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Coffee lovers savour the distinct flavours of their favourite blends, often escaping to other places on the aroma and tastes of another land.
Nespresso delights in exploring the world’s traditions and culture by developing new flavours from unique combinations and processing techniques and through their range of coffees– evoke the sense of travel. This time Nespresso takes us on a tasting tour of Italy.
Nespresso was inspired by the remarkable, yet diverse, coffee cultures of Italy and has chosen to celebrate two unique Italian cities – Trieste and Naples – two cities equally passionate about coffee that have contributed significant chapters to the worldwide history of coffee. Trieste and Napoli, the unique and contrasting Limited Edition coffees, represent Nespresso’s interpretation of these two emblematic cities and their coffee cultures.
Nespresso’s Trieste Limited Edition, a delicate blend of South American and Eastern African Arabica beans, is characterized by a rounded texture with notes of chocolate and fresh hazelnuts. The refreshingly fruity notes bring out an exceptional subtlety in this coffee. Limited Edition Trieste has an intensity level of 9 and is best enjoyed as a Ristretto. For the true coffee and milk lover, Trieste reveals another aspect of its character when served as a Cappuccino.
The Napoli Limited Edition is a blend of Arabica beans from South America, Africa, and Asia with a hint of Robusta creating a bold and assertive coffee with a syrupy body and an aroma of dried black tea leaves. Napoli has an intensity level of 11 and is best enjoyed as a Ristretto. The Limited Edition Napoli is traditionally enjoyed with sugar.
Nespresso Trieste and Napoli Limited Editions will be available for a brief time only from Nespresso Boutiques and www.nespresso.com
On April 7, 2013 a group of young campaigners set off on an expedition to help save the Arctic, aiming to also hold an unexpected meeting with a delegation of influential Arctic officials at the North Pole later this week.
Sixteen people, including four international youth ambassadors: Hollywood actor Ezra Miller, two Arctic Indigenous representatives and a young man from the Seychelles — set off from Barneo Base on a ski trek across the sea ice with Greenpeace to the geographic North Pole.
Shortly before setting off, they learned that members of the Arctic Council — the governing body comprised of foreign ministers and senior officials from Arctic states — will also be at the North Pole this week.
One of the explorers, Josefina Skerk, a 26-year-old member of the Sami Parliament in Sweden, sent a letter to Gustaf Lind, Swedish chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials, requesting a meeting with the Arctic officials. Mr. Lind accepted the invitation and the groups now hope to meet at the North Pole, weather permitting.
The trekkers are carrying with them a time capsule that contains a declaration with 2.7 million signatures calling for the Arctic to be made a global sanctuary. They plan to lower the capsule and a ‘Flag for the Future’ through 4.3 km of freezing water to the seabed beneath the North Pole.
The activists say no one nation should own the Arctic or be allowed to exploit the melting Arctic sea ice, a crisis created by climate change, for more of the fuels that caused the melt in the first place.
The campaigners now plan to use the unexpected meeting with the Arctic Council to challenge the council and put forward their demand that the uninhabited areas around the North Pole be declared a global sanctuary.
One’s longevity of experience can amass an incredible archive of life stories, as is the case with globe-trotting photographer and Curator of Culture, Wolfgang Kaehler.
Barely scratching the surface of his extensive image library (520,000+) and knowledge of people and places, this issue we present a profile of the man and his work which extends accross continents, creatures and cultures.
Peering into the world of Wolfgang beckons an intrepid lust to explore and awakens the mind to a limitless potential for new encounters. Expressive and raw the images of native people, ancient structures, strange and wonderus wildlife, paint a rich and diverse picture of our world— a hallmark of Wolfgang’s work.
Join us for an unforgettable, ‘pictorial journey’ (page 62) as we travel the world with Wolfgang!
And within this issue lie many more tales of wonder and wildlife.
Some highlights include:
Laurent Geslin’s Urban Foxes (page 30)
Photographing Primates with Bjorn Olesen (page 39)
The Soulful Eye of Wildlife Photographer Stephanie Swartz (page 55)
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Seek Adventure, Save Wildlife.
Chief Editor ~ Inga Yandell
March is a marathon of festivals downunder!
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 1 – 17 March 2013
Pick from a crop of 200+ events inspiring you to ‘Grow it, Make it, Eat it, Drink it!’
Speaking to a seasonal, slow food culture the essence of this year’s event is a celebration of Mother Earth, shared provenence and the source and flavour of life.
View the Gastronomy Guide to learn more.
Top Gear Festival Sydney 9 – 10 March 2013
Hosted by Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and mystery racing driver The Stig, the festival will be pushing the boundaries of live motoring entertainment along with racing legends, celebrity friends and the world’s finest cars across two action packed race circuits.
View the Festival Guide for a full listing of events.
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 20 – 24 March 2013
Ranked in the top five flower shows in the world! The event features the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer along side an extensive array of garden retail products, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is a celebration of Australian lifestyle and our great outdoors.