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Meet Frederik The Great, Considered By Many The Most Handsome Horse In The World (30 Pics)

Nature is chock-full of majestic things⁠—from marvelous mountain ranges to picturesque deep sea views to stunning starry night skyscapes. But, face it, none of it compares to the majesty you’re about to witness.

Meet Frederik the Great, a majestic Friesian horse from the Ozarks in the Central US, considered by many the most handsome stud in the world. Named after the historical 18thcentury Prussian monarch, Frederik has swayed the hearts of many with his breathtaking curly mane and pitch black coat.

The now 19-year-old stallion first rose to stardom back in 2016 when people began sharing photos of him. Bored Pandaalready coveredhis majesty when this was happening. Since then, Frederik’s fan base has grown significantly, with over 97,000 followers on hisFacebook page.

Stacy Nazario, Frederik’s owner, explained that his character fits his noble looks well, saying that he is sweet and very gentle. And, to top it all off, he is extremely photogenic, so Bored Panda invites you to check out some of his best photos below.

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100 Delicate Animal Portraits Created From Things Found In Nature By Raku Inoue

Inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—Ikebana—Montreal-based artist and photographer Raku Inoue creates colorful portraits of insects and other animals using flowers, twigs, leaves, and stems from his garden. Each and every one of them is unique as he chooses his materials according to the seasons and what nature offers during them. Scroll down with Bored Panda’s interview with an artist!

More info: Instagram | reikancreations.com

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Night Owl 3 days agoThe cutest and least menacing looking tiger I ever saw (except for tiger cubs). I love it

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Ashley Nell 4 days agoADORABLE!!!

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“It all started when one day, it was very windy and the petals of the rose bush in my backyard fell to the ground. I picked those up and made my first floral sculpture: a rose petal beetle. I found the process to be so calming and therapeutic that I made this a creative exercise that I would do in the morning while drinking coffee. With time, this became my artistic identity,” the artist told Bored Panda about how everything started.

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glowworm2 4 days agoI love the thistle for the tail.

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His ongoing art series “Natura Insects” features a menagerie of lifelike butterflies, beetles, spiders, and even owls that have been crafted from bright and detailed flower arrangements. After Inoue carefully arranges them into floral sculptures, he then photographs them against a white background for a result that looks like display cases seen in natural history museums. When asked how long it takes to make one sculpture, the artist says: “It can take 20 minutes, or it can take a few weeks. That depends on the complexity of the sculpture. For more 3D projects, I need to construct a foam core as a base structure. This takes time.”

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Da Coconut Nut 4 days agoBored Panda Flower Edition

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Desiré Yen 1 day agoLooks like a real insect in camouflage.

While studying the art of ikebana, the artist learned to respect nature and utilize seasonal materials. For his works, he only uses materials which are most abundant rather than picking what looks most attractive. For example, after a rain, he would collect petals that had fallen to the ground rather than searching for flowers still connected to the tree or stem. “I love nature, so working with materials that represent that is pleasant and meaningful. It’s all about respecting the materials and their ephemerality. I quickly learned that nothing is forever, especially in nature.”

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Mari Pystynen 7 hours agoLike Morphidae Morpho…

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Elina Kuusisto 3 days agoI love the flow of this one

The artist, who grew up in Japan, used to spend each summer together with his grandmother who lived in the countryside near Hiroshima. She would leave the door open to their house and welcome in dragonflies. She believed that they represented the presence of her late husband. Therefore, insects have always had a special meaning to Inoue.

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Night Owl 3 days ago (edited)Wow! So beautiful! I love the vibrant blue color

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“My philosophy would be to take it easy and live. Being me, I tend to become obsessed at times with work and creating, but just living life is as important as learning artistic techniques,” Inoue explains his philosophy as an artist. “Don’t be afraid to try new things and venture out of the comfortable zone. Only then will you find that it is possible to surpass yourself. Once this process becomes natural, you will find that evolution is constant and makes creating much more exciting!”

If you would like to see more works from this artist, you can check his previous post on Bored Panda.

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Annette Christopherson 3 days ago“Leafing” flowers.

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agoFar out!!!

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SilverFoX 3 days agoWow so amazing

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Night Owl 3 days agoA forest monster

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 3 days agoBeautiful!!

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Noemie Houtekie-N’Da 2 days agoIf this is a humpback whale then…..*0* HECK YA! I love Humpback whales, I have no idea why. I just LOVE them!

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Robin Lajoie 1 day agoThe majestic “green” sea turtle

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Night Owl 3 days agoScary. Looks like a swamp monster out of a movie

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Tia Hansen 2 days agothis needs to be higher up.

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JK Rowling 4 days agoNew Hollow Knight boss? Please?

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Ashley Nell 4 days agoso pretty!!

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Tia Hansen 3 days agoDrama llama!

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoWhat kind of flower was this? It’s petals are so lovely!

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Faramir10 3 days agoI like the colors.

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Noemie Houtekie-N’Da 2 days agoCute.

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoOoooo! So soft and pretty. Fantastic legs.

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Robin Lajoie 1 day agoThis one just made me SMILE out loud

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoOmbre wings.

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoLove the drama with the black background! Wow!!!

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Tia Hansen 3 days agoThis is my favorite *0* it looks so simple but its still so beautiful *0* i love stuff this *0*

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agosweet

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Elina Kuusisto 3 days ago (edited)I love how this one makes use of the abundance of the season. More subtle but very special

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Hope Floats 7 hours agoThis is beautiful.. It looks so delicate, much like a butterfly’s wings.. And such gorgeous colours……

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Night Owl 3 days agoThis one makes me sad (because of the Q-tip)

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoHeaddress.

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Night Owl 3 days ago (edited)Parts of it look like they’re made of chocolate mmmmmmmmmm ___________ I’m not someone who usually eats bugs but I love chocolate so I’d make an exceptions for this one if it’s with chocolate

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Annette Christopherson 2 days agoBee-utiful!

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agoLooks edible, white chocolate?

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Just Carmen 17 hours agoDragonflies are my spirit animal.

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Noemie Houtekie-N’Da 2 days ago (edited)God, pray for this mantis. Da puns.

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoFinally……..A tarantula I love.

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Mal Malis 23 hours agoI can tell he used parts of a pansy flower. Pansies are my favorite flowers.

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LUCY BALDWIN 2 days agoGood use of maple seeds!

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TheCutestDeer 4 days agowow

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoGreat cover.

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Tia Hansen 2 days agothe camouflaged forest nope.

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agoeek!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agonot bad not bad

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agoso many beetles!!!!

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agoLooks real in the setting

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoLacewing.

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agolook like a female by the color

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoLadybug.

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Jennifer Gould 3 days agoAll i can see is the insect giving the “bird” lol!

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agoWOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LUCY BALDWIN 2 days agoWhip spiders! I’m glad they live in caves.

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoFantastic wings!

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Just Carmen 17 hours agoLantana. One of my fave summer flowers.

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoEdibles.

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Gloria J Howard 2 days agoAMAZING! BEAUTIFUL!

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My Husband And I Finally Went To Japan And Here Are 47 Comics Showing Our Adventures

Hey, I’m Nuwbis and I make a webcomic series about my daily life named “NuwComics”. Recently I got married and shared with my new husband the best trip of our life! We both love to travel and we both had a huge dream – going to Japan!

The culture always fascinated me and I always wanted to experience everything up close. Learn more about both traditional and pop culture side of Japan! We are also huge fans of Japanese animation, manga, food, nature and so on!

Finally, it happened! On our Honeymoon, that dream came true! I created this series about our adventures in Japan! From the beginning to the end! Also, this is dedicated to my best friend, and now husband, the most awesome person in the world and the best company to every adventure!

So here is the NuwComics Japan Series from the beginning to the end! Hope to see you again Japan!

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Let the Adventure Begin

The Dream

Why Japan?

Our first trip to Japan was our Honeymoon!

I got married last year to my best friend and the most awesome person in the world!

I dedicate this series to You!

What to pack for Japan?

You just need Awesome Company and an exciting Itinerary!

The biggest goal is bringing LOTS of great Memories! (then a few special souvenirs and photos)

Hello Tokyo

After a long flight, we finally arrived in Tokyo!

Our Ninja was really helpful throughout the trip! Wi-Fi everywhere!

Amazing Japanese Punctuality

Our First funny situation regarding the amazing punctuality in Japan!

First Hotel Room

The Bathroom

I miss Japanese bathrooms. They’re so clean and comfy! The toilets are amazing!

Scary Situation

Am I the only one who is always scaring myself?

Jet Lag

Jet lag hit us hard! Our minds wanted to do stuff! Our body not so much!

Pokemon Center

We went to a lot of Pokemon Centers! We just love Pokemon.

Pokemon Cafe – The photo

So we should say “chuuuu”?

Pokemon Cafe – Wild Pokemon Appeared

Pokemon Cafe is adorable and we got to meet Pikachuuuuu!!⚡( ꈍᴗꈍ)

Pokemon Cafe – The cute food

The food was super cute and pretty good too!

Japanese Snacks

Oishii is a Japanese expression for something Tasty/Delicious! Couldn’t stop eating it all!

Shibuya Checklist

Shibuya has everything you can imagine! Also Tony Chopper!

Search Hachiko Story! It’s sad but an amazing story! The Hachi Statue is a symbol of devotion and loyalty!

Akihabara World

Akihabara the Pop Culture Dream Land! Anime, videogames, manga and so much more!

Claw Machines

Don’t trust them!

Humidity

Summer in Japan = Humidity! So embrace your puffy hair!

Going to Kyoto

Going to Kyoto! The train was super clean and comfortable!

Sorry Fuji-san

Hope to see you one day!

In Kyoto

One this photo I felt like I was in a spot just like a lot of anime and movies I love!

School Assignment

It was an adorable situation! They were doing a School assignment to practice their English and they were doing great!

Rebellion

When you don’t stop walking for 12 days in a row your feet may rebel!

Up the Shrine

Our favorite place we visited! It is a really amazing journey to walk all the way up, while admiring the great views and nature!

Lucky Foxes

Everything for sushi

The sushi is good

Japanese Pharmacy

I’m that person that always get bitten everywhere. Am I the only one?

Double Bite

Traditional Hotel

It was our favorite place we stayed in! A really unique experience !

A Sweet Surprise

Hey Osaka

I like stamps and stickers ok? Who doesn’t?

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Japan was so much fun! Lots of attractions and some anime-related areas!

Boba Tea

Train Tickets

Last Day in Japan

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31 Of My Most Unique And Intricate Paintings

I am Ebova, and I have been painting full-time since 2007. Since then, I have forged a body of creative work that stands out for its symbolic resonance, its metaphoric punch, and its divergence from computer-aided design. These paintings are some of my early pieces that resonate with a timeless and ethereal majesty. As if they come alive on the “canvas,” taking as my subjects the organic lifecycles of things, values, and ideas. While creating, I strive to find order in chaos and reflect the sense and optimism in the benevolence of nature. These gentle, stark, and resonant images are ideal objects of contemplation – soothing, intricate, and warm. It’s easy to get lost since they are portrayed in the unique expression and intricacy. The closer one looks, the more one begins to feel pleasant vertigo — rules rush past, soon to disappear.

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This Artist Reimagined European Countries’ Shapes As Funny Illustrations (30 Pics)

If you’re a creative person, you most likely see art everywhere – in nature, everyday objects, and, apparently, even in country shapes. In a video titled “Europe According to Creative People — What Europe’s Countries look like,” German Youtuber Zackabier asked his fans what some European country shapes remind them of – and their answers certainly did not disappoint.

Zackabier then illustrated 48 European countries based on his fans’ hilariously creative answers and now you won’t be able to unsee them. From cats and dinosaurs to pooping pigs and flashing elves, check out the shapes of European countries reimagined as funny illustrations in the gallery below!

#1 Russia

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#2 Croatia

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#3 Bulgaria

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#4 Estonia

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#5 Finland

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#6 Serbia

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#7 Italy

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#8 Cyprus

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#9 Great Britain

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#10 Denmark

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#11 Slovenia

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#12 France

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#13 Norway

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#14 Georgia

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#15 Germany

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#16 Poland

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#17 Romania

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#18 Greece

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#19 Montenegro

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#20 Kazakhstan

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#21 Liechtenstein

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#22 Belgium

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#23 Latvia

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#24 Armenia

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#25 Czech Republic

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#26 Belarus

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#27 Albania

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#28 Lithuania

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#29 Moldova

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#30 Ukraine

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35 Winning Shots From This Year’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Contest

Nature can be fascinating while at the same time being scary as hell. Each year photographers from all over the world bravely venture into the wild to capture that amazing shot that just might win them the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. And now, after a whole year has passed since last year’s competition, the photographers are back with even more incredible pictures of wildlife that might take your breath away.

The competition, organized by London’s Natural History Museum received over 48,000 submissions this year the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year went to Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao for his photograph titled “The Moment”. The photo shows a marmot being attacked by a Tibetian fox and the emotion on the marmot’s terrified expression is absolutely priceless. Bao took the shot in the Tibetian Plateau, China, nicknamed “The Roof of the World” due to it being 14,800 ft ( 4.5 km) above sea level. In a press release, Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the judging panel, said that photos taken in the Tibetian Plateau are “rare enough” but Bao’s photo was just “extraordinary”.

Check out the winner and the runner-ups in the gallery below!

#1 “The Moment” By Yongqing Bao, China, Behaviour: Mammals, Grand Title Winner

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This Himalayan marmot was not long out of hibernation when it was surprised by a mother Tibetan fox with three hungry cubs to feed. With lightning-fast reactions, Yongqing captured the attack – the power of the predator baring her teeth, the terror of her prey, the intensity of life and death written on their faces.

As one of the highest-altitude-dwelling mammals, the Himalayan marmot relies on its thick fur for survival through the extreme cold. In the heart of winter it spends more than six months in an exceptionally deep burrow with the rest of its colony. Marmots usually do not resurface until spring, an opportunity not to be missed by hungry predators.

#2 “Bee Line” By Frank Deschandol, France, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019

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Bees buzzed in the long grass around the lake as evening fell. To Frank’s delight, they were settling down in little rows along the stems. These were solitary bees, probably males, gathering for the night in suitable resting places, while the females occupied nests they had built nearby.

Being cold-blooded, bees gain energy from the sun’s heat and rest at night and during cool weather. Holding tight to the stems with their strong, jaw-like mandibles, they gradually relax – their bodies lower, their wings rest and their antennae droop – until they fall asleep, waiting for the morning to come.

#3 “Lucky Break” By Jason Bantle, Canada, Urban Wildlife, Highly Commended 2019

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A raccoon poked her head out of an abandoned car and paused to assess her surroundings, allowing Jason just enough time to use a long exposure in the twilight. The back seat was an ideal den for the raccoon and her five cubs as the only entrance – through a blunt-edged hole in the glass – was large enough for her but too small for predators such as coyotes.

Raccoons tend to make their dens in hollow trees or rock crevices but they are extremely adaptable. Emerging at dusk, this mother will spend the night foraging for food for herself and her young. Raccoons are opportunistic and will eat anything from fruit and nuts to the contents of rubbish bins.

#4 “Land Of The Eagle” By Audun Rikardsen, Norway, Behaviour: Birds, Winner 2019

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Audun carefully positioned this tree branch, hoping it would make a perfect lookout for a golden eagle. He set up a camera trap and occasionally left road-kill carrion nearby. Very gradually, over the next three years, this eagle started to use the branch to survey its coastal realm. Audun captured its power as it came in to land, talons outstretched.

Golden eagles typically fly at around 50 kilometres per hour but can reach speeds of up to 320 kilometres per hour when diving for prey. This, along with their sharp talons, makes them formidable hunters. Normally they kill small mammals, birds, reptiles or fish, but they also eat carrion and have been known to target larger animals too.

#5 “Cool Drink” By Diana Rebman, USA, Behaviour: Birds, Highly Commended 2019

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Despite the bitterly cold temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius, Diana spent hours mesmerised by what she described as the ‘well-choreographed dance’ of a group of long-tailed tits taking turns to peck at an icicle. With the fast movement of the birds and her fingers feeling like blocks of ice, capturing their behaviour was no easy task.

Long-tailed tits live across Europe and Asia. Those living in Hokkaido, Japan, are referred to locally as Shima-Enaga. Winters there are cold and snowy and the birds must nibble on snow and ice for water. They spend their days foraging for insects and spiders and their nights huddled together in small groups for warmth.

#6 “Portrait Of A Mother” By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Animal Portraits, Highly Commended 2019

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When you are eye to eye with a wild puma,’ says Ingo, ‘excitement is guaranteed.’ Tracking these elusive cats on foot meant lugging heavy gear long distances, often in freezing temperatures and unrelenting winds. Mutual respect gradually earned him the trust of a female and her cubs, allowing him to capture this intimate family portrait.

Pumas remain playful throughout their lives. Play-fighting teaches cubs vital survival skills including how to hunt, fight and escape. The cubs will stay with their mother for up to two years before gaining independence. They will live a solitary existence as adults until it is their turn to breed.

#7 “Cradle Of Life” By Stefan Christmann, Germany, Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

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It was easy to spot an emperor penguin with a hatching egg, says Stefan, because the father would frequently lift up his brood pouch to check on the chick’s progress. The problem was finding a bird facing the right direction at the crucial moment in the few minutes of good light available each day.

While his partner is away hunting at sea, the male endures the bitter Antarctic winter, without feeding, as he incubates their single egg. After a gruelling 65 to 75 days, the egg begins to hatch. Stefan watched the tiny chick struggle to crack the shell. ‘It kept closing its eyes and looked exhausted,’ he says.

#8 “Snow Exposure” By Max Waugh, USA, Black And White, Winner 2019

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In a winter whiteout a lone American bison briefly lifts its head from its endless foraging. Max purposefully slowed his shutter speed to blur the snow and ‘paint lines across the silhouette of the bison’. Slightly overexposing the shot and converting it to black and white accentuated the simplicity of the wintry scene.

Swinging their huge heads from side to side, American bison sweep away snow with their muzzles to eat the grasses and sedges buried beneath. Originally a common sight, their largescale slaughter for meat and hides brought them close to extinction in the nineteenth century. But populations are recovering and wild American bison now thrive in national parks.

#9 “If Penguins Could Fly” By Eduardo Del Álamo, Spain, Behaviour: Mammals, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Eduardo del Álamo

A gentoo penguin flees for its life as a leopard seal bursts out of the water. Eduardo was expecting it. He had noticed the penguin resting on a fragment of broken ice and watched the seal swim back and forth. ‘Moments later, the seal flew out of the water, mouth open,’ he says.

Leopard seals are formidable predators. Their slender bodies are built for speed and their wide jaws bear long canine teeth. They hunt almost anything, changing their diet in response to availability and the time of year. Penguins are a regular meal but they also enjoy krill, fish, squid and the pups of other seal species.

#10 “Snow Landing” By Jérémie Villet, France, Rising Star Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

Image source: Jérémie Villet

With outstretched wings and intense eyes fixed on its prey, a bald eagle lands in fresh snow on a riverbank. Jérémie spent a week observing the behaviour of these birds from his hide. Spotting this one swooping down to catch salmon from the icy water below, he was well-positioned to capture this portrait.

To complete their life cycle, salmon return to their river of origin to spawn, dying shortly afterwards. An overabundance of dying salmon makes for easy meals for opportunistic eagles. Every year around 3,000 bald eagles gather at the Chilkat River in Alaska to feast on salmon.

#11 “Sky Hole” By Sven Začek, Estonia, Earth’s Environments, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Sven Začek

Positioning his drone directly above the small lake, Sven waited for the sun to emerge from behind the clouds to capture the reflection of the sky in the lake’s mirrored surface. Contending with technical issues and battery-power shortage, his patience was rewarded by this image of ‘an aerial view that looks like an eye’.

Karula National Park in Estonia is home to goshawks, lynx, wolves and bears. The ghostly outline of dead trees surrounding this lake is a telltale sign of the thriving population of beavers inhabiting Karula. Their naturally prolific dam-building causes higher-than-usual water levels that flood the forest floor, rotting the roots of any trees growing close to the shoreline.

#12 “Frozen Moment” By Jérémie Villet, France, Rising Star Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

Image source: Jérémie Villet

Entwined in each other’s thick spiral horns, two male Dall sheep pause during a fierce clash. For years, Jérémie had dreamed of photographing pure-white Dall sheep against a snow-clad alpine backdrop. Lying in the snow nearby, he battled with strong winds, heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures, determined to capture this moment of both ‘purity and power’.

Dall sheep thrive in arctic and subarctic regions of the world. They depend on steep, rugged cliffs and outcrops to provide them with places to escape from predators, while using nearby open grass and meadows to feed. In winter they favour areas with strong winds that remove snow and expose forage.

#13 “The Rat Pack” By Charlie Hamilton James, UK, Urban Wildlife, Winner 2019

Image source: Charlie Hamilton James

On Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan, brown rats scamper between their home under a tree grille and a pile of rubbish bags full of food waste. Lighting his shot to blend with the glow of the street lights and operating his kit remotely, Charlie captured this intimate, street-level view.

Urban rat populations are rising fast worldwide and their association with spreading disease in humans inspires fear and disgust. Rats are smart and capable of navigating complex networks such as subway systems. Being powerful swimmers, burrowers and jumpers makes these rodents particularly well suited to city living.

#14 “Big Cat And Dog Spat” By Peter Haygarth, UK, Behaviour: Mammals, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Peter Haygarth

In a rare encounter, a lone male cheetah is set upon by a pack of African wild dogs. At first the dogs were wary, but as the rest of their 12-strong pack arrived their confidence grew. They began to encircle and probe the big cat, chirping with excitement. It was all over a few minutes later, when the cheetah fled.

Both cheetahs and African wild dogs have disappeared from large parts of their former territories, with fewer than 7,000 individuals left of each. Threatened by habitat loss, they exist at very low population densities. Pack sizes of African wild dogs have sharply declined from being as many as a hundred members strong to as few as seven to 15 individuals.

#15 “The Garden Of Eels” By David Doubilet, USA, Under Water, Winner 2019

Image source: David Doubilet

A swaying colony of garden eels vanished into their burrows as soon as David arrived at this underwater scene. So as not to disturb them again, he set up his camera and hid behind a shipwreck where he could trigger the system remotely. It was several hours before the eels re-emerged and several days before David got his perfect shot.

The eels were feeding on plankton drifting in the current and were undisturbed by a wrasse and a cornetfish swimming by. If threatened, garden eels retreat into their burrows. Like many other fish, they detect movement through their lateral line, a sensory organ that runs the length of their bodies.

#16 “The Huddle” By Stefan Christmann, Germany, Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

Image source: Stefan Christmann

More than 5,000 male emperor penguins huddle on the sea ice, backs to the wind, heads down, sharing body heat. ‘It was a calm day,’ says Stefan, ‘but when I took off my gloves to focus the lens, the cold felt like needles piercing my fingertips.’ Antarctic winters are fierce, with temperatures below minus 40 degrees Celsius.

While the females spend two months at sea feeding, their mates care for the eggs. The male balances his precious cargo on his feet, tucked beneath a fold of skin called the brood pouch. Penguins on the windward edge of the huddle regularly peel off and join the more sheltered side, creating a constant rotation through the warm centre. Survival depends on cooperation.

#17 “The Challenge” By Françoise Gervais, Canada, Animals In Their Environment, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Françoise Gervais

This polar bear appears tiny as it scales a steep scree slope. Steadying herself in a boat a few hundred metres from the shore, Françoise captured this image which she says shows how ‘even one of the most impressive predators can look insignificant and vulnerable in the immensity and inhospitality of this landscape’.

Climate change has reduced the expanse of sea ice from which polar bears usually hunt seals. Baffin Island polar bears now spend an extra 20 to 30 days a year on land compared to in the 1990s. Adapting to spending more time on land means expanding their diet. Some bears have been spotted scrambling on cliffs to reach birds and their eggs.

#18 “The Albatross Cave” By Thomas P Peschak, Germany/South Africa, Animals In Their Environment, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Thomas P Peschak

The large cave on the side of Te Tara Koi Koia shelters the eggs and chicks of Chatham albatrosses until the young are ready to fly. The island is the only place in the world where they breed naturally, making Thomas one of the privileged few to have witnessed and captured this moment.

Having a single breeding ground means that the future of Chatham albatrosses is insecure. Since the 1980s extreme storms have eroded the soil on Te Tara Koi Koia and destroyed vegetation crucial to nest-building. Conservationists recently translocated a new breeding colony onto the largest of the Chatham Islands to improve their chance of survival.

#19 “The Equal Match” By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Behaviour: Mammals, Joint Winner 2019

Image source: Ingo Arndt

The guanaco turns, terrified, his last mouthful of grass flying in the wind as a female puma attacks. For Ingo, this is the culmination of months of work tracking wild pumas on foot, enduring extreme cold and biting winds. After an intense four-second struggle, the guanaco escaped with his life, leaving the puma to go hungry.

Because they are so abundant in Patagonia, guanacos are common prey of pumas. These big cats are solitary and hunt by patiently stalking before they pounce. Their robust hind legs allow them to take on animals bigger than themselves but they can also feed on smaller animals, such as rodents and birds.

#20 “Snow-Plateau Nomads” By Shangzhen Fan, China, Animals In Their Environment, Winner 2019

Image source: Shangzhen Fan

A small herd of male chirus makes its way to the relative warmth of the Kumukuli Desert. These nimble antelopes are high-altitude specialists found only on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. For years, Shangzhen made the long, arduous journey to observe them there. Here he drew the contrasting elements of snow and sand together.

Underneath their long hair, chirus have a light, warm underfur called shahtoosh. It grows tightly against their skin and can only be harvested by killing and skinning the chirus. Protection since the 1990s has seen their once-decimated numbers increase, but there is still demand – primarily from Westerners – for shahtoosh shawls.

#21 “Night Glow” By Cruz Erdmann, New Zealand, 11-14 Years Old, Grand Title Winner

Image source: Cruz Erdmann

Cruz was on a night dive with his dad when he saw a pair of bigfin reef squid in the shallow water. One swam off but Cruz quickly adjusted his camera and strobe settings, knowing that the opportunity was too good to miss. He shot four frames of the remaining squid before it too disappeared into the inky blackness.

Bigfin reef squid are masters of camouflage, changing their body colour and pattern using their reflective and pigmented skin cells. They also alter their appearance to help them communicate. During courtship, males and females display complex patterns to indicate their willingness to mate.

#22 “The Architectural Army” By Daniel Kronauer, Germany/USA, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Winner 2019

Image source: Daniel Kronauer

By day this colony of army ants raided their surrounds, mostly hunting other ant species. At dusk they moved on, travelling up to 400 metres before building a nest for the night. Positioning his camera on the forest floor, Daniel was wary of upsetting thousands of venomous army ants. ‘You mustn’t breathe in their direction,’ he says.

Army ants alternate between nomadic and stationary phases. These ants are in a nomadic phase, building a new nest each night using their own bodies. The soldier ants interlock their claws to form a scaffold while the queen stays inside in a network of chambers and tunnels. During the stationary phase they will stay in the same nest while the queen lays new eggs.

#23 “Pondworld” By Manuel Plaickner, Italy, Behaviour: Amphibians And Reptiles, Winner 2019

Image source: Manuel Plaickner

Every spring for more than a decade, Manuel followed the mass migration of common frogs. He took this image by immersing himself and his camera in a large pond where hundreds of frogs had gathered. There he waited until the moment arrived for the picture he had in mind – lingering frogs, harmonious colours, soft, natural light and dreamy reflections.

Rising spring temperatures bring common frogs out of their winter shelters. They head straight to water to breed, often returning to where they were spawned. Though widespread across Europe, their numbers are thought to be declining due to habitat degradation from pollution and drainage of breeding sites.

#24 “Humming Surprise” By Thomas Easterbrook, UK, 10 Years And Under, Winner 2019

Image source: Thomas Easterbrook

A curious sound drew Thomas to this hummingbird hawkmoth. He watched as it hovered in front of each salvia flower and drank the nectar using its long, straw-like proboscis. Framing the fast-moving insect was challenging, but Thomas was pleased with how he captured the stillness of the moth’s body and the blur of its wings.

Hummingbird hawkmoths are unusual in that they fly by day, so their eyesight is better than most other moths’. In flight they look so similar to hummingbirds that they can be easily confused. This similarity inspired their name, as did the hum created by their wings beating around 85 times each second.

#25 “Migrant Megamoths” By Lorenzo Shoubridge, Italy, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Lorenzo Shoubridge

Lorenzo was intrigued to see convolvulus hawkmoths flying back and forth, looking for food. He tracked the moths over several evenings, dulling his torch with a cloth in order not to disturb them and keeping to the road to avoid trampling the vegetation. After many attempts, he finally captured the feeding forays of these two individuals.

Moths often travel very long distances in search of food and suitable environments in which to lay their eggs. In the Apuan Alps the landscape is fast-changing. The extraction of marble from the mountains creates significant air and water pollution, threatening the region’s biodiversity and reducing the moths’ natural habitat.

#26 “The Ethereal Drifter” By Angel Fitor, Spain, Under Water, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Angel Fitor

Stretching out its sail-like lobes to ride the Mediterranean currents, this delicate comb jelly is trawling for food. This was a rare sight. The species is normally found with its fragile sails folded or damaged. Angel approached his subject extremely carefully. Describing it as a ‘glass butterfly’, Angel saw that ‘it folded its sails at the slightest vibration’.

This comb jelly steers itself through the water using beating rows of hair-like cilia which form combs along its cylindrical body. The combs scatter light, creating colourful iridescence. Unlike jellyfish, comb jellies do not sting. Instead they catch plankton and other small prey using sticky cells in their lobes and tentacles.

#27 “Circle Of Life” By Alex Mustard, UK, Black And White, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Alex Mustard

In the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea a school of bigeye trevally formed a circular shoal a few metres from Alexander’s lens. For 20 years Alexander had been coming to photograph the summer spawning of reef fish. ‘A big lure that sees me return each year is that I always see something new,’ he says.

The spawning population of bigeye trevally is boosted by the protected status of Ras Mohammed National Park as a no-fishing marine reserve. Adult bigeye trevallies are vulnerable to attack from larger fish. During the spawning season they school both to protect themselves and to increase the likelihood of contact between eggs and sperm.

#28 “Creation” By Luis Vilariño, Spain, Earth’s Environments, Winner 2019

Image source: Luis Vilariño

Red-hot lava from Kīlauea volcano instantly boils the cool Pacific Ocean where they meet at the Hawaiian coast. As Luis’s helicopter flew along the coastline a sudden change in wind direction parted the plumes of steam to reveal the fiery river. Quickly framing his shot through the helicopter’s open door, he captured the tumultuous creation of new land.

As the lava boils the seawater, it produces acid steam and tiny shards of glass, which combine to create a lava haze or ‘laze’. This eruption was Kīlauea’s largest in 200 years. For three months in 2018, lava spewed from the summit and surrounding fissures, eventually destroying over 700 homes and solidifying to create hundreds of acres of new land.

#29 “The Hair-Net Cocoon” By Minghui Yuan, China, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Minghui Yuan

With his face pressed against a wall, Minghui framed this Cyana moth pupa hanging in its remarkable cage-like cocoon. Such delicate structures can be hard to spot but this one stood out against its backdrop in the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden.

Although it is not known exactly how the caterpillar architect of this cocoon would have worked, it is known that it wove this intricate mesh from spat-out silk and from the long, hair-like setae that covered its body. It then spun near-invisible threads to suspend itself inside the cocoon, ready to start its transformation into a moth.

#30 “Face Of Deception” By Ripan Biswas, India, Animal Portraits, Winner 2019

Image source: Ripan Biswas

Ripan was photographing a red weaver ant colony when he spotted this slightly strange individual. It may have the face of an ant but its eight legs give it away – on closer inspection Ripan discovered that it was an ant-mimicking crab spider. By reverse mounting his lens, Ripan converted it to a macro capable of taking extreme close-ups.

Many spider species imitate ants in appearance and behaviour. Infiltrating an ant colony can help them prey on unsuspecting ants or avoid being eaten by predators that dislike ants. This particular spider, says Ripan, seemed to be roaming around the colony, looking for a solitary ant that it could grab for a meal.

#31 “Tapestry Of Life” By Zorica Kovacevic, Serbia/USA, Plants And Fungi, Winner 2019

Image source: Zorica Kovacevic

Festooned with bulging orange velvet and trimmed with grey lace, the arms of a Monterey cypress tree twist to create an otherworldly canopy. After several days experimenting, Zorica decided on a close-up frame. She focus-stacked 22 images, merging the sharp features in each of the photographs to reveal the colourful maze in depth.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in California is the only place in the world where natural conditions combine to conjure this magical scene. The spongy orange cladding on the Monterey cypress is in fact an alga that gets its colour from beta-carotene, the same pigment that is in carrots. Both the orange alga and the grey lace lichen are harmless to the cypress.

#32 “Couch Crew” By Cyril Ruoso, France, Urban Wildlife, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Cyril Ruoso

In a disused temple in Hua Hin, young long-tailed macaques relax on a sofa tattered from their playtime antics. Cyril framed a group that had positioned themselves ‘like band members posing for an album cover’, while others leapt back and forth between a statue, his rucksack and even the top of his head.

Long-tailed macaques are very adaptable, thriving in a range of habitats including living alongside humans. In Thailand people have a complex relationship with the monkeys. The macaques are tolerated and sometimes even venerated near temples. At the same time, when they damage farms and property they are regarded as pests.

#33 “Early Riser” By Riccardo Marchegiani, Italy, 15-17 Years Old, Winner 2019

Image source: Riccardo Marchegiani

Riccardo could not believe his luck when this female gelada walked along the cliff edge where he had been waiting since before sunrise. Keeping a respectful distance, Riccardo composed his shot using a low flash to highlight the gelada’s light brown fur against the distant mountains. The beam also caught the eye of the inquisitive infant clinging to her belly.

A baby gelada will spend the first few weeks of its life being carried around on its mother’s front before moving to her back. Geladas live on the ground and drop down onto ledges in cliff faces for safety when they sleep. Farmland is encroaching on their native grasslands and their habitat is shrinking.

#34 “Another Barred Migrant” By Alejandro Prieto, Mexico, Wildlife Photojournalism, Winner 2019

Image source: Alejandro Prieto

It took Alejandro two years to take the perfect photo of a male jaguar. Under a luminous, star-studded Arizona sky, he projects it onto a section of the US–Mexico border fence to symbolise ‘the jaguar’s past and its possible future presence in the United States. If the wall is built,’ he says, ‘it will destroy the jaguar population in the United States.’

Jaguars are mainly found in South America but historically also roamed the southwest of the United States. Over the past century, hunting and habitat destruction have resulted in the species disappearing from this area. Any hope of establishing a breeding population in this region rests on the contentious border remaining partially open.

#35 “Last Gasp” By Adrian Hirschi, Switzerland, Behaviour: Mammals, Highly Commended 2019

Image source: Adrian Hirschi

A newborn hippo, just days old, was keeping close to its mother when a large bull hippo suddenly made a beeline for them. He chased the mother away and went after the calf, seizing it violently in his huge gape, clearly intent on killing it. ‘All the while, the distraught mother looked on helplessly,’ says Adrian.

Infanticide among hippos is rare but not unknown. It usually occurs when hippos travel beyond their territory and mix with new groups. By killing the young that are not his, it is believed that a male can increase his reproductive success by bringing females into oestrus, ready to mate with him.

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Interior inspired by Jungle

Nature is a big inspiration for interior designers. Its patterns, prints and colors bring something beautiful into each home, they provide warmth and reunite people with nature. That is why designers love playing with natural colors and patterns and such trend that marked 2016 is still on top of the design lists. Jungle prints, with various animal patterns and colors is something that you should always opt for in your home if you like earthy undertones and calming atmosphere. So why not try this trend this year as well?

Introduce Plants

Just a few plants can greatly change the atmosphere in your home. If you add a few exotic plants, you will get the wild atmosphere with a few mesmerizing leafy accents in each room. Dining room is perfect place for introducing nature and you can start off with placing a bigger branch in some weird shape on the shelf. Also, tropical plants with big leafs will look great by the dining room window or in the corner of your living room. The best tropical plants for such decoration are TI plants, Alocasia, Colocasia, Philodendrons and other big leaf plants.

Clash of Exotic Colors

This trend brings a lot of bold, vibrant colors and various patterns with plenty of mixing of the different materials and fabrics. The colors that dominate are orange, purple and greens mixed with materials such as bamboo and wood in order to bring nature inside. Opt for heavy and dark furniture that make a great foundation for all the vibrant colors that you can incorporate through throw pillows, carpets and different seating. Also, decorating your walls with fabrics, setting up interesting paneled silk screens and various bold lanterns will bring the spirits of the wilderness into your home and make it more dynamic and homey.

Bring Rattan Back

Rattan has found its way back into our home décor, both on the inside and outside. This strong retro material is perfect for living room seating and it makes a nice decorative piece. Also, this material is eco-friendly and it can have many shapes and uses. Thus, you can try incorporating it into your interior design through furniture, lighting fixtures or turn it into a 3D art in some modern shapes or some more rustic, traditional styles. Nevertheless, a few chairs and a bench made of rattan and covered with some animal print throw pillow with provide the airiness and comfort your home needs.

Go Monochromatic

Some people just don’t like their homes to be packed with dynamics of vibrant colors. That is perfectly okay, but there is way to pay respect to this trend and still make your home minimalistic. Opt for a monochrome look that isn’t too boring. Choose color palettes in the shades of beige, cream, black and brown. Play with lighter and darker shades of these colors and preserve the elegance. Add a few pops with fabrics in animal print, but stay subtle. Also, if you have a favorite zebra print, use those colors on your walls, windows or flooring. The design will still be monochromatic, but it will have a fun little twist to break the monotony.

 

Animal Print Artwork

Artwork will make your home look more sophisticated, and if you do it with animal print, you will have mesmerizing elegance in the room. Introducing such artwork is perfect for people who fear that their home will look like an exaggerated African safari. What you have to do is keep the colors of your furniture and accessories in some neutral earthy colors, while your artwork can consist of various jungle patterns. Lay a few pictures above the sofa with fun animal prints, such as zebra, giraffe, tiger and leopard, and only add a few more hints of jungle through your plants or throw pillows. If you keep the rest of the colors in some neutral shades, this astonishing artwork will get all the attention while tying the whole design into a sophisticated look.

If classic modern looks are way to minimalistic for your personal preferences, you can always rely on nature. Introducing nature into our homes is a big trend of 2016 and jungles are a perfect inspiration for any professional or amateur designer. Don’t be afraid to mix, match and experiment with various prints and fabrics, and your home will have the dynamics of a forest, while preserving its comfortable atmosphere.

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10 Questions With… Matteo Thun

Cala Beach Club at Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo on Sardinia. Photography courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

A holistic approach to nature and wellness drives Matteo Thun’s built projects. The award-winning Italian architect and Interior Design Hall of Fame member co-founded the iconic Italian design and architecture collective the Memphis Group with Ettore Sottsass in 1981, before striking out on his own, forming Matteo Thun & Partners in 2001. Thun’s happiest designing something new, he admits, and his firm’s creative eye, honed out of a headquarters in Milan and an office in Shanghai, is behind a long list of high-profile hospitality and healthcare projects spanning the globe.

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Most recently, summer saw the reassembly of Thun’s temporary beach structure, Cala Beach Club on the breathtaking Emerald Coast of the Italian island of Sardinia. Situated at Hotel Cala di Volpe in Costa Smeralda, a playground for the rich and, at times, famous—many of them yachting enthusiasts—Cala Beach Club is an environmentally sensitive structure only accessible by foot or boat. In summer it hums with private parties, with clientele seduced by the stunning natural landscape. Interior Design sat down with Thun to hear more about the Cala Beach Club, what toy kicked off his imagination at a young age, and which project reachable solely by cable car he considers a career turning point.

Interior Design: What was your overall design goal for Cala Beach Club?

Matteo Thun: Cala di Volpe is a beautiful beach in Sardinia. We wanted to create a shady oasis just between the woods and the sea. Restaurant, bar, and treatment rooms have been designed to melt within the landscape, to respect the charm of this special place.

ID: What was particularly challenging about this project?

MT: This property is reachable only by boat or on a path through nature. Since it serves only for the season, we designed a removable structure that is easily to assemble and dismantle.

Cala Beach Club at Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo on Sardinia. Photography courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

ID: What materials did you use and why?

MT: The structure unites with the beach vegetation, terraces value the inclination of the land, and views are open to the sea. We only used natural materials that integrate with the surroundings, such as chestnut wood and bamboo. All colors are natural and warm.

ID: What else have you completed recently?

MT: We like to bring nature inside and believe in concepts that emphasize an overall healthy lifestyle as a main approach. Healthy architecture and interior design guarantees physical and mental well being, allowing a relationship between humans and the environment. In Obbürgen, Switzerland, the Waldhotel at Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort, which opened at the end of last year, is a space for wellness and medical services. It’s made from local stone and wood, and nature will take over in a few years so that the building will melt with the mountain. As with most of our projects, we also designed the entire interior.

Another recent project is the new headquarters for Davines, an Italian beauty company dedicated to sustainability and based in Parma, Italy. Here, we grouped traditional rural shapes and innovative volumes around a greenhouse that serves as a restaurant for the employees. Maximum architectural transparency with a minimum amount of masonry elements provides every working station with a view of the green areas.

The Waldhotel at Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Obbürgen, Switzerland by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Andrea Garuti, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

ID: What’s upcoming for you?

MT: The Evangelisches Waldkrankenhaus Spandau in Berlin at the largest university orthopedic center in Europe. Waldkrankenhaus means ‘hospital in the forest’ in German, and the new hospital building and rehab building connected to it will transform the hospital campus into a health center with a hotel character. This project represents our idea of a healing environment, an architectural and organizational structure that helps the patient and his relatives endure stressful situations caused by illness, operations, treatments, and sometimes pain.

Another hospitality project, a health bathing spa with medical treatments and maximum comfort, is underway in Bavaria, at Tegernsee, a resort town on the banks of Germany’s Tegernsee Lake. Nature is also the point of departure here and was key to the project. The landscape design integrates the existing flora and references the natural presence of water, allowing a direct communication with nature without interfering with the privacy of the patients.

The Evangelisches Waldkrankenhaus Spandau in Berlin by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

ID: Is there a project in your history that you feel was particularly significant to your career?

MT: I designed the Vigilius Mountain Resort in South Tirol more than 15 years ago. It was one of the first design hotels, made from local larch wood and reachable only by cable car. The owner and I shared the same vision: to create a hotel that fuses with its surroundings, a place where you can breathe and relax instantly. Now, after all these years, the wood has a beautiful patina and the hotel a constant influx of international clientele.

ID: What are you reading?

MT: I very much like to read books in parallel: such as German philosopher Martin Heidegger with a novel or short story by Italian journalist and writer Italo Calvino

The Vigilius Mountain Resort by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Serge Brison, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

ID: How do you think your childhood influenced your design thinking?

MT: My parents took me regularly to the Venice Biennale, so I became familiar with art and architecture at quite a young age. I grew up in nature, in the mountains near Bolzano, Italy, where my mother worked with pottery. She gave me clay to play with—so I had to use my imagination to have fun with it. I was always very close to material and materiality.

ID: How do think the Italian design culture influences your overall approach?

MT: In Italy, architecture is approached holistically. Let me quote Italian architect and writer Ernesto Rogers: ‘From spoon to city.’ This means working on a chair, on a lighting product, and on a house at the same time. We’ve worked like this in my office since the beginning, and the different teams of architects, interior designers, and product designers perform across disciplines.

Another big strength is Italian craftsmanship. At Salone del Mobile 2019, we launched a wood chair collection produced by F.lli Levaggi, a small manufacturer in Liguria, Italy, and work regularly with the glassblowers from Murano, such as Venini, Barovier & Toso, and Seguso. We very much believe in ‘Made in Italy.’

The Vigilius Mountain Resort by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Vigilius Mountain Resort, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

ID: Is there a person in the industry that you particularly admire?

MT: Ettore Sottsass, chief designer of Olivetti. I first worked for him as an assistant, then we formed Sottsass Associati and in 1981 we co-founded Italian design and architecture collective Memphis Group. Memphis had an important formative influence on my career, and provided a platform to experiment with the challenges of constant innovation. Ettore designed the first Italian computer—in the late 1950s.

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The Vigilius Mountain Resort by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Florian Andergassen, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.
The Waldhotel at Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Obbürgen, Switzerland by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Andrea Garuti, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.
The alpine suite at the Waldhotel at Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Obbürgen, Switzerland by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Waldhotel, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.
The pool at the Waldhotel at Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Obbürgen, Switzerland by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Waldhotel, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners
The Davines headquarters in Parma, Italy by Matteo Thun & Partners. Photography by Andrea Garuti, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.
The Nudes seating collection by Matteo Thun, launched at Salone del Mobile 2019. Photography by Marco Bertolini, courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners.

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May Online Focus: Access To Nature/Biophilia

by Jennifer Silvis | May 1, 2018


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Digital Tools Bring Botanicals to Life in Architectural Glass

Nature has been a source of artistic inspiration for millennia. Beginning with classical architecture and continuing into the contemporary era, elements of the natural world have found their way into our dwellings and public spaces. Modern design trends like biomimicry and wellness are today’s iteration of this longstanding fascination with the organic. Designers can use architectural glass to bring verdant images of nature into interior spaces, transforming sterile spaces into healthy ones for occupants and visitors.  

Flower Field used for a partition wall in a hospitality setting. Photography courtesy of Forms+Surfaces.

Forms+Surfaces’ Zoom Digital Darkroom and Zoom Image Library are intuitive options for architects and designers looking to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. The Digital Darkroom is an interactive design tool, housed on Forms+Surfaces’ website, that allows users to create highly customized architectural glass designs for the company’s ViviSpectra Zoom glass. Designers can crop and further customize the roughly 90 images in the image library, a collection of large-scale, high-resolution nature photographs. Everything from sweeping panoramic vistas to captivating close-ups can be manipulated in order to design true-to-life or abstract feature and partition walls.

Ginger Plant in a hospitality lobby setting. Photography courtesy of Forms+Surfaces.

The library recently expanded with the Winter 2018 collection. The nine new images depict florals, cabbages, Romanesco broccoli, succulents, ginger plants, and more.

Cabbage, Romanesco, and Citrus in a restaurant setting. Photography courtesy of Forms+Surfaces.
Carnations used for a feature wall. Photography courtesy of Forms + Surfaces.

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