Inspiration

‘Inspirational Elements’

The curious combination of hot chocolate with a hurricane may sound strange but both elements are crucial ingredients to empowering people with inspiration. Align yourself with a league of legends and discover what drives a Human Hurricane.

Women of Action Poster Series

Download posters of some seriously fit females from varied backgrounds and athletic disciplines. Showcasing strength, speed and smarts these women set high standards and help inspire the same in others.

Intrepid Spirits get inspired with our Wild Side Travel Guide!

The garden can be a sanctuary of peace and inspiration for those who cultivate its charms—but not everyone is born with green thumbs! If you lack the space or the skill to nurture a garden, there are other ways to enjoy natures fragrance, colours and positive influence.

Make-up inspired by the garden to bring joy to those with-or-without a sanctuary of their own.

High Spirits Dr. Hauschka Collection

The true potential of plant medicinals and mineral pigments is fully expressed by Dr. Hauschka’s High Spirits limited edition make-up collection. This vibrant fusion of exotic hues offers both subtle and energetic looks to reflect your mood.

Does your Make-up Make you Happy

Whatever your definition of happiness, the senses have been shown to play a role. Hints of green and gold can lift the spirits like sunshine in a garden. The scent of plants floats like pollen in a bronze dust, reminiscent of garden flowers at dusk.

My description though poetic, is grounded in science—which validates the toxic influence of synthetic dyes, fragrances and other harmful preservatives present in many cosmetics. Just like environmental pollution, a build-up of harmful toxins absorbed through the skin, airways, and hair, place accumulative stress on our bodies—applying a regular dose directly to your skin or hair can amplify this.

Whereas, studies looking at the effects of forest bathing and other nature emersion therapies indicate the aromatic benefits of plants on our neurochemistry. Ecologically sourced and manufactured cosmetics have a twofold benefit—derived from natural ingredients you can avoid the negative impact of synthetic toxins and enjoy the elevating effects of botanicals on your senses.

What’s unique about Dr. Hauschka

Their make-up restores natural balance to the skin and adds colour without concealing natural radiance and vitality, plus the fine textures ensure application with ease.

The raw materials are sourced almost exclusively from certified organic cultivation and meet Demeter and fair-trade standards whenever possible. All Dr. Hauschka make-up products are certified in accordance with NATRUE, the international standard for natural and organic skin care and make-up.

Make-up with Medicinal Benefits

Dr. Hauschka complexion-priming products all contain balancing medicinal plant extracts as well as nourishing oils and waxes. This means their foundation, concealer and powder actively provides soothing benefits for dry or sensitive skin. Their eyeshadows, kajal pencils and mascaras are made with formulations containing eyebright and black tea to soothe the eyes and care for the delicate surrounding skin. Even their lip glosses and lipsticks offer extra nourishment provided by jojoba and almond oil.

The Cost of Color in Cosmetics

Whilst the iridescent glow of some cosmetics are achieved unnaturally, this need not be the case if you prefer your pucker pure organic. Dr. Hauschka are a pioneering example of the diverse palette possible from natural mineral pigments that optically blend with your skin tone to highlight your individual beauty.

Even, if you like bright colours! The varied colour palette of Dr. Hauschka Make-up was created in collaboration with international make-up artists. The colour schemes for complexion, lip and eye products are specially designed to work together in harmony—providing the ideal combination for natural and discreet or colorful and vibrant looks.

Learn more about the collection www.drhauschka.com.au

Watch the specially created videos by Karim Sattar, Dr. Hauschka International Make-up Artist, to recreate or personalise your own unique look inspired by the garden!

Experience joie de vivre with the colours of High Spirits @drhauschkaaus


We all follow different paths, go our own ways—what this looks like for #SalmonWMN is utterly inspiring. This video is more than a media campaign for clothes designed by and for women, it is a celebration of diverse definitions and spirited female explorers.

Let go, of rigid concepts and embrace a new definition of what it means to be a woman, an adventurer, an athlete, a part of nature.

Inspired by #SalmonWMN, BE created a Stoke your Spirit list of Insta’s—women of every age, from every corner of the globe, their paths are all different. Some have run up mountains, others prefer to climb, they all rebel the notion “I can be defined”, instead choosing to be led, by the adventures ahead!

Emelie Forsborg @tinaemelie

Courtney Dauwalter @courtneydauwalter

Lucy Bartholowmew @lucy_bartholomew

Mira Rai @mira.rai

Mireia Miró @mireia_miro

Kajsa Silow @kajsasilow

Sara Hattar @sarahattar

Annelie Pompe @annelieadventures

Shelby Stanger @shelbystanger

Celine Cousteau @celinecousteau

Ami Vitale @amivitale

Cristina Zenato @cristinazenato

Jody MacDonald @jodymacdonaldphoto

Nadia Aly @nadia.aly.photo

Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier

Alison Teal @alisonsadventures

Kate Nelson @plasticfreemermaid

Julia Bradbury @therealjuliabradbury

Siananna Lewis @sianannalewis

Phoebe Smith @phoebersmith

Sophie Radcliffe @challengesophie

Pip Stewart @pipstewart

Daisy Gilardini @daisygilardini

Kiko Matthews @kikomatthews

Randi Skaug @skaugrandi

Nina Williams @sheneenagins

Sasha Digiulian @sashadigiulian

Matilda Söderlund @matilda_soderlund

Emily Harrington @emilyaharrington

Denna Kastor @denna8050

Renata Chlumska @renatachlumska

Shauna Coxsey @shaunacoxsey

Hilaree Nelson @hilareenelson

Sanni McCandless @sannimccandless

Steph Davis @highsteph

Savannah Cummins @sv.cummins

Kristine Tompkins @kristine_tompkins

Lizzie Carr @lizzie_outdside

Victoria Pendleton C.B.E @victorilou

This list comes with a wish to all gutsy girls: Let adventures dance in your head making sweet dreams as you head off to bed! Rest then Rise, Explore, and Live Full Lives!

In our biggest issue ever (200 pages of pure storytelling), we explore natures deep roots and the amazing relationships sustaining life in our forests.

The Miracle that is a Tree

Attempting to acknowledge all that makes trees amazing is impossible—humans often forget this—as trees are fairly ubiquitous, at least for now that is! But with the help of some tree-loving stewards and ambassadors, we reveal hidden secrets which make trees more than just a feature on the landscape; a structure to climb; a limb to swing from; a material to build with; or fuel our cars and heat our homes with…along with bacteria, trees are the original organisms, effecting and connecting all life on earth.

Gisele Bündchen in Brazil filming The Years of Living Dangerously.
© National Geographic Channels / Lalo de Almeida

To Boldly Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before!

AND continuing our series on Women Innovators we profile inspirations of science: Dava Newman (astronautical engineer), Catherine Ball (entrepreneur-technologist), Mona Chalabi (artist-statistician), Louise Blight (naturalist-explorer), Reneé Hetherington (climate scientist), and Gloria Dickie (environmental journalist).

Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti Studio: Design. Dainese: Fabrication.

With deepest gratitude

To all of our contributors, supporting our mission to create a vital and engaging resource that brings nature to life and empowers people with fresh insight and perspective on the world. Every view and voice matters, because we all see things differently and it is this diversity of experience that inspires: exploration, innovation, and discovery!

Say thank-you to our storytellers and show your love for trees…

Art Wolfe artwolfe.com
Diane Cook and Len Jenshel cookjenshel.com
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture scotlandbigpicture.com
Trees for Life treesforlife.org.uk
David Suzuki Foundation davidsuzuki.org
United Nations Environmental Programme unenvironment.org

Planning to sneak a few extra days over Easter? Most of us relish the thought of extending the long-weekend into a ten-day-break. For some, it can be the perfect opportunity to up-skill a hobby—transforming their passion into a promising new career.

Photography is a hobby with wide appeal, it is both universal and unique. The visual language of photography transcends many barriers which other forms of communication cannot and accommodates all interests (landscape, food, culture, wildlife). Best of all, it continues to become more and more accessible—with the entry of Full Frame Mirrorless cameras diminishing intimidating learning curves and making professional quality equipment affordable.

Newly released, the EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless from Canon is a prime example of added value without added bulk or cost. The light and adaptable body can be fitted with an E-Mount adapter expanding the range of lenses to encompass a broader selection of options—wonderful news for DSLR users who have already invested heavily in their kit, this makes transitioning to mirrorless a more attractive proposition.

If becoming a professional photographer is something you’ve dreamt about, the EOS R is solid motivation to get cracking on that new career.

Thank’s to the folks at Canon, I have been given the latest kit on the block (EOS R 25-105mm) for review and fully intend on making use of the ten day break over Easter to explore how intuitive, versatile and enjoyable this Full Frame Mirrorless camera makes learning the art and skill of photography?

UpSkilling Strengths of the EOS R

Canopy Climb: EOS R / 50mm F1.2 L, 1/500, f/2.8, ISO 800
  • Weather and Waiting: All professions have good and bad aspects which come with the job, and when your work involves unpredictable or uncomfortable situations as with outdoor photography—it can test your physical stamina and patience. Take wildlife for example, critters abide their own rules and don’t generally accommodate schedules, optimal composition or other creative direction. For that matter, weather forecasts don’t always reflect the whims of nature which can turn nasty quickly, especially in ecosystems with fickle micro-climates. This can and will lead to soggy stake-outs, no-shows and long days in less than forgiving environments. So, the lighter your kit the better! Whilst the EOS RP (485g body and battery) has the edge over the EOS R (625g body and battery) in weight, the ergonomics of the latter are more comfortable (due to its larger grip). Even with kit lens attached the load is not overly fatiguing—I spent 4 hours in a forest climbing uneven terrain and found my neck, shoulders and forearms were all in decent shape by the end. Also, it is a more robust model, lending nicely to adventurous photographers.
Mountain High: EOS R / 50mm F1.2 L, 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 100
  • Instinct and Intuition: Great photographers make an end shot look effortless, but the truth behind the image usually involves hours or days (sometimes weeks or months and on the odd occasion years) of dedicated and stealth observation. Developing an intimate knowledge of the landscape and its wildlife informs their choice of lens and settings. There are no shortcuts to intuition or insight of this nature, but the learning curve is less imposing with Canon’s Dual Pixel on-sensor autofocus system (said to achieve 5655 AF points). This covers 88 % of the frame horizontally and 100% of the frame vertically. Making it a versatile feature for various contexts by minimising the need to frequently adjust settings to accommodate different scenarios. In conditions where you want to reduce the number of focus points, you can use the four-way-controller (be prepared to invest some time though, as there are 65-85 positions to choose from). A better option is to use the touchscreen to touch and drag AF, this also works well when taking group shots where multiple faces are detected but you want to accent only one. A Still subject is optimal for portraits when utilizing eye detect (fidgeters create fuzzy shots). Adaption to low light is remarkable in S-AF, enabling you to capture images like a pro. At distance and when using a longer lens, C-AF also fairs well (although at shallower depths of field the tracking is less consistent). So, if you are shooting outdoors in AF, a sudden overcast shouldn’t be a problem but a gust of wind could result in a blurry image (especially at close range). A manual approach is more often required for adjusting the exposure, as the evaluative metering favours brightness to the focus area. This means two images taken moments apart with the same composition may vary in exposure dramatically, as a result of this behaviour.
Hobbit Hollow: EOS R / 50mm F1.2 L, 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 160
  • Functionality and Fun: Photography should remain a passion even when it becomes a profession, but if technology complicates the creative process some of that joy is inevitably lost. Having a camera that is both functional (thoughtfully designed with accessible features) and fun (making advanced techniques easy to adopt) will help you hold on to that passion as you develop your professional skills. The EOS R has a top LCD Panel to register at a glance your settings, easy access to your memory card, a bigger battery than the EOS RP (up to 350+ shots per charge), max frame rate 4K/29.97p, two options for AF selection (rear touch LCD and four-way controller), a very flexible silent mode (great for wildlife), AF tracking 5FPS, Full Frame Sensor (modelled after 5D Mk IV), 30MP resolution… these are but a few of the features which make the EOS R a great mirrorless option for those wanting to enjoy the process of mastering the art and skill of a photography.
Ant Party: EOS R / 50mm F1.2 L, 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 200
Dusk Rose: EOS R / 24-105mm F4 L, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 500

Mirrorless Muse: Themes To Explore Over Easter

  • Earth Day (22nd April) enjoy the tiny treasures hidden in your garden, take a trip to a wildlife sanctuary or nature reserve.
  • Anzac Day (25th April), observe the reverence across generations.
Next Generation: EOS R / 50mm F1.2 L, 1/200, f/4.0, ISO 100
  • Visit a chocolatier, capturing the artisan craft. If you live in Melbourne checkout: chocoholictours.com.au
  • Join the hunt for Easter eggs, celebrating the wonder of children, the patterns and colours of artfully decorated eggs.
  • Customs, crafts, cathedrals, feasts and family, are but a few themes to hone your eye and develop your skill in the art of photography.

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Kyōyū – it’s Japanese for share. Kyoyu is an Australian camera sharing community brought together by Canon. It lets you rent out your Canon camera gear or hire the gear you need, quickly and easily.

In this video you can hear from Fellows with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) first-hand on what conservation photography means to them and why they devote their lives to this effort. They explain the behind-the-scenes work that goes into capturing compelling images.

iLCP supports visual storytellers in a shared mission of furthering environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography and filmmaking.

iLCP is best known for its Conservation Photography Expeditions that connect local, national or international organizations, our Conservation Partners, with one or more of their Fellows. The objective of these intensive documentary efforts is to produce a body of images that fully captures the threats and opportunities faced by communities whose physical environments, fauna, flora, and/or cultural traditions are in peril from human activity. With their deep and varied skill sets in all areas of science and years of experience working in the field, iLCP Fellow Photographers do far more than simply take pretty pictures. Rather, they capture visual narratives that give compelling evidence of the need to protect these special places. Through their extensive network of media, conservation, and policy contacts, iLCP help amplify our Partners’ existing advocacy campaigns to bring about positive conservation outcomes.

Learn more about iLCP @ conservationphotographers.org