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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

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.

BirdGenie™ is a breakthrough app that helps anyone with an Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet accurately identify birds in the backyard, local park, or on the nature trail—all with the tap of a button! It’s like Shazam® for birds—just hold up your phone, record the bird singing, and BirdGenie™ helps you identify the species. The app’s highly developed sound identification ability and expert matching system enable bird enthusiasts to achieve an accuracy unheard of in the birding field. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the birds around them.

BirdGenie™ includes up to two hundred vocalization types for one hundred species: literally all of the birds likely to be encountered in a backyard or local park, or on a hike, in North America at any time of the year. And the app is easy to use. Just point your smartphone or tablet at a bird, and tap the screen when the bird starts singing. The app’s automatic pre-record feature ensures that you won’t miss the beginning of the song and BirdGenie’s™ patented, highly accurate expert system matches the recording to the closest species. The app’s sophisticated noise-reduction feature means that even in noisy environments, where there is conversation or traffic, you can discover what bird you’re listening to.

Beyond specifying a bird species, BirdGenie™ provides sample songs and spectrograms to compare with your own recording and to guarantee a confident match. The app also includes pictures of all plumages, information about habitat and behavior, and links to further reading. It even has 3-D models for some of the species so you can match different views of a bird. You can share your recordings, photos, and matches with friends and other users, and if you’re so inclined, you can anonymously share recordings to a scientific database to help researchers learn about birdsong variations. No internet connection is required for anything but sharing, making the program accessible everywhere. Perfect for anyone who wants to know what birds are singing around them, BirdGenie™ takes bird identification to a whole new awesome level.

With BirdGenie™ You Can

  • Quickly identify most birds just by recording their songs.
  • Look at vivid images of the bird—some in 3-D!
  • Listen to samples of the bird’s various songs and compare them with your recording.
  • Keep a log of all your recordings.
  • Share your recordings, matches, and photos with friends and family.
  • Browse the built-in catalog to learn about local species, their other songs, their habits and diet, and much more.
  • Use the app anywhere, as no internet connection is required!

Important features of BirdGenie™

  • The matching expert system beats anything in the market today.
  • Easy-to-use guided user interface.
  • Effective noise-reduction system helps users make identifications in less-than-ideal environments.
  • Complete species accounts with multiple photos for all plumage types (some with 3-D models).
  • Comprehensive spectrograms (voiceprints of songs).

Technical Specifications

  • Requires iOS 10 or later. Compatible with all iPhones after iPhone 6 including 7, 8, X and iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and above. Compatible with most common Android phones and tablets.

Software written by Tom Stephenson, Stephen Travis Pope and Scott Whittle. BirdGenie™ is a trademark of Princeton University Press.

Shazam® is the registered trademark of Shazam Entertainment Limited and is not affiliated with Princeton University Press in any way.

Great Bear Rainforest is a Spirit Bear Entertainment film presented by Seaspan and directed by Ian McAllister (PacificWild.org), produced by Jeff Turner and executive produced by Kyle Washington and Byron Horner. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

A Magical Environment. Unchanged for 10,000 years…

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear RainforestHidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world—a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia. Now, for the first time ever, experience this magical world in IMAX and giant screen theatres, and discover the land of the spirit bear.

What is a Spirit Bear?

The spirit bear is a subspecies of the North American black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait. Spirit bears are only found in the Great Bear Rainforest. No one knows exactly how many spirit bears there are, but estimates range from 50 to 100. They truly are the rarest bears on earth!

Guardians of the Forest

Since the last Ice Age, First Nations people have lived among the bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Their living history is inseparably connected to the vibrancy of the rainforest, which they have protected for thousands of years. Today, indigenous youth are coming together and taking responsibility for this place they call home. Learn more about their work in Great Bear Rainforest.

For Educators

Invite your students to have a learning experience they won’t forget! Book a field trip to see Great Bear Rainforest and become immersed in the biology, geography, environmental sciences and other key school curriculum. Download the Educator Guide for hands-on activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA and Social Studies. Schedule your field trip now by contacting your local IMAX theatre for information about special group programs.

Filming in the Rainforest

Filming in the remote Great Bear Rainforest presented a unique set of challenges for filmmakers Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner. Over the three years it took to make this film, the crew faced everything from extreme weather, unpredictable wildlife, and the daily rigors of being in a rugged environment far removed from modern conveniences. But this also pushed the filmmakers into fresh creative territory where every shot was carefully planned out and new filmmaking techniques were deployed. Learn more in this interview with director Ian McAllister, who has worked and lived in the rainforest for 30 years. Read the Interview with Ian.

Learn more

To learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest and how you can help protect the spirit bears and their ancient forest home, visit PacificWild.org.  Each of us can make a difference in helping preserve this unique environment, one of the last truly wild places on earth.