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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

Language can reveal but a small portion of a vast meaning, interpretations vary as do perspectives and therefor barely encapsulate the diversity within a definition.

Beauty is a good example of this, it is expressed in countless ways across all cultures, it lives in color, movement, emotions, art, food, clothing, nature, architecture, insights, discoveries… the definition of beauty is diverse. Embracing this expansive view we explore different expressions of beauty—all are unconventional and all evoke a sense of enchantment in the eyes of their beholder.

Perfectly imperfect pooches, possess qualities which are considered beautiful to their owners and many others. Like award-winning photographer Alex Cearns who has released a gorgeous new book about love and resilience in the face of adversity. Her photos draw the eye to a glint of mischief, a soulful pose, or playful exuberance in dogs with disabilities or illness—accentuating their beauty and diminishing their impairment or illness.

Women in environmental science is a beautiful expression of equality and encompasses a much needed diversification in power and perspective. This is reflected in our interview with H.E. Razan Al Mubarak on her role with Big Cat Conservation group, Panthera. We explore how she cultivates sustainable development through business models and the priorities of conservation in Abu Dhabi.

Women innovators is an underlying theme throughout this edition—their pivotal and dynamic roles, evolving and advancing many fields principally the domain of men.

Sloths: Life in the Slow Lane takes readers on a stunning visual journey into the rainforest canopies of South and Central America where they literally come face to face with the world’s slowest and most misunderstood mammals.

Suzie Eszterhas’s intimate images are compelling and the new science is fascinating. But the story resonates a deeper message about community conservation which conveys the power humans have as stewards for nature.

In This Issue: A Sanctuary for Sloths, Smart Phones and Your Brain, Resilient Dogs, Women Innovators, an Angry Chef and much more…

Brent Stirton sees his camera and craft as a ‘license to look’—with genuine interest and curiosity for people, he seeks the stories which challenge our view of the world. Winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, his coverage of rhino poaching in South Africa impressed judges as both gritty and graceful. In this issue, Brent talks candidly with BE Journal about the unvarnished side of photojournalism, and explains why he is committed to creating confronting images that are beautiful to look at. We also discuss his policy on principled photography, the value of celebrating good people through social media, and the importance of supporting effective conservation through informed advocacy.

We also explore a new UK initiative, Back from the Brink, aimed at sparking interest in local wildlife. The project reminding us that endangered wildlife exists within our own neighborhoods. RSPB Photographer, Simon Roy, loves exploring his garden for images of timid and tiny things and shows us life in places we don’t think to look… under bramble, in a boot, amongst moss and mushrooms live chubby and cheerful bank voles. Inside a chestnut, on a clothes line, atop a garden fork, or bottom’s-up in a yogurt pot you will find doting owls, naughty squirrels, and nesting frogs.

In our biggest issue ever, we present a Showcase of Visual Storytelling—from miniature wonders in the garden, to monstrous discoveries beneath the ice. Exploring the Arctic with Art Wolfe, learning about Sacred Nature with Jonathan and Angela Scott, and meeting Ken Drakes ‘Animal Beings’.

As Art Wolfe says, Explore. Create. Inspire.

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Modern Hunters: A Tribe of Artists and Athletes

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Modern hunters still seek mastery of ancient instincts, only for a different purpose!

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