Tuesday, 30 November 2010

World's Incredible Glaciers Caves

These are the amazing pictures from the 'Ice Man' - a frosty photographer who is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to capture the perfect picture. Eric Guth is the real life Jack Frost spending days hiding out in some of the world's most spectacular glacier caves. The 30-year-old regularly camps for days inside the eerie glaciers which can reach unbelievable temperatures: sometimes as low as 20 degrees below freezing.

Glacier - GUTH

And even the constant threat of pneumonia, frostbite and collapsing caves isn't enough to put this intrepid photographer off. After becoming fascinated with glaciers as a young boy, Eric has spent the last five years tracking down, living in and photographing the mysterious and unknown caves.

Glacier                                                         image: source 

His adventures to find the perfect icy picture have taken him all over the world - from Patagonia in South America to Iceland in the North Atlantic. As these amazing pictures show his trips are well worth it as he captures the stunning beauty of these hidden low temperature landscapes.



Eric, from Portland, USA, said: 'I have been fascinated with ice for as long as I can remember so I can't imagine doing anything else.' 'My mum was a photographer and when she passed her camera down to me, taking pictures of glaciers just seemed like the natural thing to do.' 'I have been known to camp out for anything up to four or five days.'

Glacier - GUTH


'Some of the caves are tiny and I can cover the whole thing in an hour or so but some take days to explore and I like to cover every nook and cranny.' 'The long camping trips can be pretty intense and it's definitely a change from the sun I am used to at home but I love it.'


Glacier - GUTH

'I've made it my mission to track down the most spectacular glaciers in the world and while I have seen dozens already the sight always takes my breath away'

Glacier                                                            image: source 


Saturday, 27 November 2010

10 Most Disgusting Things Found in Food

1. Dead mouse found in a Curry Sauce

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When Cate Barrett bought a jar of tikka masala sauce from her local Asda store, she was expecting it to contain a bit of a kick. But what she wasn't expecting to find was the dead mouse which had somehow ended up in the jar - along with the rest of her favorite sauce. The nursery worker had begun making dinner for herself and her boyfriend, Nigel, when she poured the sauce into the pan, and noticed it was a little lumpy. As she began stirring the sauce through, she noticed what looked like whiskers and a tail - and immediately knew it was a dead rodent. The couple took the dead animal and the jar of Asda Extra Special sauce back to the shop where a manager apologized and said it would be sent for examination.

2. Oven glove found in Hovis loaf

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A woman in Northern Ireland discovered part of an oven glove baked into her slice of bread - and she didn't even notice it until she began eating it. The loaf had been bought from a local shop just before Christmas. When the victim discovered the contamination, she reported the matter to the environmental health section of the council. The packet turned out to be full of shreds of the hessian-type cloth. Herefordshire-based Hovis makers Premier Foods were fined £750.

3. Chicken head found in McDonald's Happy

Chicken head found in McDonald's Happy Meal 01

Meal An American mother went to a McDonald's with her two 6 and 8 -year old children. She ordered two Happy Meals with chicken for the children and a hamburger with fries for herself. While they were eating, the 6-year old was more interested in the slide across the street than in the chicken nuggets which he didn't even touch. So the mother decided she would eat them. Without actually watching what she was doing she was bringing a chicken biggest to her mouth, just when her 8-year old son yelled not to eat it. So she looked at the biggest to find that -- despite the crust, it looked just like a chicken's head.The manager offered them their meal for free and two more weeks of free meals. The mother pressed charges and demanded 100,000 dollars compensation.

4. 7-inch knife found in a Subway Bun

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A Queens, N.Y. man sued his local Subway restaurant after he made a frightening discovery that gives new meaning to his former favorite, the Italian cold-cut trio: a knife baked right into the bun. John Agnesini, 27, was shocked to find the surprise ingredient, and a large one at that, in his sandwich. The design director of HX magazine was sitting at his computer doing work and not looking at what he was about to put into his mouth. Agnesini said he didn't bite into the knife's blade and wasn't cut, but a few hours later, he said he felt sick to his stomach and went to his doctor.

5. Dead frog found in a Diet Pepsi can

Dead frog found in a Diet Pepsi can 01

Fred DeNegri was grilling in his backyard when he cracked open a can of Diet Pepsi, took a thirsty gulp and immediately started gagging. The flavor of his Pepsi was rank and the texture was thick like slime. He immediately took it to a sink and shook out the contents until something resembling "pink linguini" slid out, followed by "dark stuff”. Despite persistent shaking, a heavy object remained inside the can. Completely disgusted, the DeNegris immediately called poison control and the FDA, and the can was taken in for lab testing to identify the source of the sludgy mess. The couple received a copy of the completed report from the Food and Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs, which concluded the foreign matter appeared to be a frog or a toad.

6. Finger found in frozen custard

Finger found in frozen custard 01

A man found part of a severed finger packed inside a pint of frozen custard he'd bought from a Kohl's Frozen Custard shop, and officials said it belonged to a worker injured in a food-processing machine accident there. The customer, Clarence Stowers, said he put the finger in his mouth, thinking it was a piece of candy when he opened the pint at home. Stowers said he spat the object out, and "I said, 'God, this ain't no nut!' So I came in here to the kitchen and rinsed it off with water and realized it was a human finger and I just started screaming." The custard shop owner, Craig Thomas, said that the 23-year-old employee who lost the finger had dropped a bucket while working with a machine that dispenses the custard. He tried to catch the bucket when the accident occurred. Thomas said that as several employees tried to help the injured worker, a drive-thru window attendant apparently scooped the chocolate custard into a pint before being told what had happened.

7. Condom found in clam chowder

Condom found in clam chowder 01

In Feb. 2002 a woman was eating a bowl of clam chowder at a McCormick and Schmick's seafood restaurant in Irvine, CA, when she bit down on something rubbery. She thought it was a piece of calamari, but when she spit it out into her napkin she discovered that it was a condom. She immediately complained and the restaurant manager took the condom from her. The woman later sued and won an undisclosed settlement from the restaurant. The restaurant itself tried to sue the supplier of the clam chowder, but a judge ruled in favor of the supplier.

8. Cockroach found in packet of GoldenBoy

Cockroach found in packet of GoldenBoy 01

A man almost ate this cockroach, found inside a packet of GoldenBoy crispy anchovy snack. The cockroach was difficult to spot initially as it was coated with sesame seeds, making it blend together with the snack. He had bought a 'GoldenBoy crispy anchovy snack' and almost ate a small cockroach after eating about 1/3 of the snack. The cockroach even had sesame seeds on it, which means that it came along with the anchovies inside.

9. Black Widow spider found in bag of Grapes

Black Widow spider found in bag of Grapes 01

A man from Boston found a living black widow spider in a bag of grapes bought at the Whole Foods Market in Brighton. Jorge Fuertes reached into the bag, pulled out some grapes and saw something black fall out and run away. He thought it was an ant, so he looked in the bag and found a southern black widow spider. He spit out his mouthful of grapes and noticed the spider's telltale red hourglass on its belly. He put it in a yogurt cup and went back to the store to let them know what had happened. A manager told Fuertes the entire shipment of Anthony's brand organic red seedless grapes would be removed from the shelves. In a statement Whole Foods said spiders are part of the landscape at their California grower and "although we are very cautious when unpacking produce, sometimes insects are not detected." A black widow bite is rarely deadly, but its neurotoxic venom is painful. It can bring on muscle cramps, vomiting, and dizziness, especially in young children and the elderly.

10. Poop found in ice cream

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A family accused chefs of serving poop in their ice cream after they complained about noise during a football match. A bitter row broke out between them and one of Sydney's largest tourist pubs. State government food minister Ian Macdonald confirmed that frozen fecal matter had been found in a serving of chocolate gelato offered to placate pub patron Steve Whyte and his wife Jessica, who became "violently ill" after eating it. Staff at the Coogee Bay Hotel, located just a few minutes south of Bondi Beach, denied the charge. Both the chef and restaurant manager volunteered for DNA tests to prove their innocence. Both sides have accused the other of money seeking, with the Whyte's claiming they were offered $5,000 (£1,500) in hush money by pub General Manager Tony Williams, while they in turn were accused of trying to negotiate up to $1 million in damages.


Thursday, 25 November 2010

Bear Chasing Bison Down the Road

A photo circulating on the Internet and in e-mails of a grizzly bear chasing a bison down a paved road was apparently taken in Yellowstone National Park in April in the Fountain Flats area. Fountain Flat Drive is north of Old Faithful along the Firehole River.

"I found out from a number of our staff that indeed it is legitimate," said Al Nash, Yellowstone's chief of public affairs. "I've been unable to verify who shot it."

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The photo is taken from the middle of the road with the bison running in the foreground down the road's striped centerline. The bison has large chunks of fur missing on its front legs and left side, as if it had been attacked by the bear, wolves or some other predator. The bison's head is caked with snow and snow can be seen in the background off to the sides of the pavement.

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A grizzly bear is in pursuit behind the bison. Both are running into oncoming traffic.

Male grizzly bears can weight 300 to 700 pounds in Yellwostone with females tipping the scales at 200 to 400 pounds. The bears can run up to 45 mph.

A male bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, a female tops out at 1,000. The animal's top speed is about 30 mph.

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Bear Chasing Bison Down the Road

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Monday, 22 November 2010

Top 10 Incredible Glaciers

Want to try something different for your next adventure? You should definitely consider hiking some of the world's most beautiful glaciers. There are opportunities for beginners, and the more experienced hikers can even try ice climbing on the glacier's walls. Exploring the landscape from an helicopter is also another option. From the countless glaciers in Antarctica to the more famous on Mount Kilimanjaro, each and every one will offer you a unique experience.

10. Baltoro Glacier

Baltoro Glacier 01

With a length of 62 kilometers, Baltoro is the longest glacier outside the polar regions. It is located in Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The glacier has carved striations on the surrounding country rocks. The highest mountain in the area is K2 (8,611 meters; 28,251 feet).

9. Antarctica's Glaciers

Antarctica's Glaciers 01

Antarctica is home to numerous glaciers and is a popular destination, with the number of tourists increasing to 35,000 per year. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators was formed in 1991 with the purpose of establishing guidelines for responsible tourism to Antarctica.

8. Glaciers of Kilimanjaro

Glaciers of Kilimanjaro 01

They are still an amazing site and many people adventure on Kilimanjaro to admire them, despite the fact they have lost more than 80% of their surface in the last century. According to the last predictions, scientists say these glaciers will disappear completely sometime around the 2020s. Furtwängler Glacier is the most notable of these disappearing glaciers.

7. Aletsch Glacier

Aletsch Glacier 02

The largest glacier in the Alps, with a length of 23 kilometers and an area of 120 square kilometers. Aletsch is formed by three smaller glaciers, united at Concordia, a large flat area of snow and ice. Here, the ice thickness is estimated to be near one kilometer. The whole area, including other glaciers is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.

6. Harker Glacier

Harker Glacier 01

First mapped by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1901-1904), the glacier was remapped in 1912 by David Ferguson and was renamed after Alfred Harker (1859-1939), an English geologist. Because of global warming, Hawker has over the decades advanced further into the bay, but still, it is the most impressive and grand glacier on the eastern side of Cumberland Bay.

5. Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Jostedalsbreen Glacier 01

Measuring more than 60 kilometers in length, this is the largest glacier in continental Europe. It is located in the south of Norway and is part of Jostedalsbreen National Glacier Park, covering almost 50% of the park's surface. Jostedalsbreen has a total area of 487 km² and the thickest part measures 600 meters.

Unfortunately, just as other glaciers, this one too is slowly retreating. In 2006 one of the glacier's branches lost 50 meters of ice in a few months and could be in danger of breaking away from the icefield. Ice climbing has now been terminated because of this.

4. Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier 01

The largest glacier in Iceland, covering 8% of the country's territory. It is located in the south-east of the island and has an area of 8,100 km². It is the largest ice cap in Europe by volume (3,100 km³) and as most of the glaciers in Iceland, it has volcanoes under the ice cap. In the glacier's cave, tourists can also admire hot springs.

According to Guinness World Records, Vatnajökull is the object of the world's longest sight line. The glacier can sometimes bee seen from the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands, 550 kilometers (340 miles) away.

3. Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier 01

Located between Alaska and Yukon Bay in Canada, Hubbard is one of the largest glaciers in the world. It stretches 7.5 miles in length and moves as fast as 100 feet per day. It is also the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It has been advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska since it was first mapped 1895. Huge chunks of ice crash into Yukon Bay creating a thunder like sound called 'white thunder'.

2. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

These sibling glaciers have a unique feature as they extend down the mountain into a rainforest. Because of the heavy precipitations in the area, they are rapidly advancing. Tourists can explore the glaciers by helicopter tours or by foot. There are many tunnels and crevasses which make the 'by foot' experience very rewarding.

1. Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier 01

The glacier is situated in Patagonia and is the only glacier from the region which is not retreating, even more, it's increasing in size, despite of the effects of global warming. It was named after Francisco Moreno, who studied the region in the 19th century. It has a length of more than 30 kilometers and it is the third largest source of fresh water in the world.

Large pieces of ice break and plum in Lake Argentino on average about every four to five years. The last rupture was in July 2008 and the first one in 1917, taking with it an ancient forest of arrayán trees. The 250 km² (97 sq miles) ice formation is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. Daily tours are available from El Calafate and a visitor centre at the site offers different circuits: mini-trekking (about an hour and a half) and a five hour tour.


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Top Ten World's Most Spectacular Sea Stacks

Nature carves wonderful sculptures all over the earth. Sea stacks are amazing vertical rock formations standing in the sea that were formed entirely by wind and water. The formation process usually begins when the sea creates cracks in the headland, causing them to later collapse, and forming free-standing stacks. Eventually, the same process that created the sea stacks will also cause them to collapse.

10. Sail Rock

Sail Rock  01

Sail Rock is a natural sandstone monolith located on the shore of the Black Sea, in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. It resembles the outline of a ship's sail, hence its name. The monolith lies 17 km to the southeast of Gelendzhik, near the village of Praskoveyevka (which is about 500 meters from the coast) and the farmstead of Dzhankhot (approximately twice that distance from the coast).  Sail Rock has a sheer vertical slope confronting the shore of sea, isolated from the mass of basic rock by geological forces. It is more than three-fourths revealed by the tide and lies perpendicular to the coast. What is most remarkable about this landmark is its proportions. While the cliff is only a little more than a meter thick, its height is about 25 meters and its length about 20. Thus, the form of the cliff is described as resembling the outline of a quadrangular sail.

9. Kicker Rock

Galapagos Kicker Rock 01

Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblence, is located of the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many Tropicbirds, Frigates and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

8. Haystack Rock

Haystock Rock and tide pools at Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot (72-meter) tall monolith (or sea stack) rock formation on the Oregon coast in the northwestern United States, the third-tallest such "intertidal" (meaning it can be reached by land) structure in the world. A popular tourist destination, the rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot during low tide. Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, sea anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a refuge for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

7. Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks 01

The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 kilometres (95 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to just beyond the great Chalk headland of Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks here in the east . The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history. The rock layers along the Jurassic Coast are tilted towards the east. The oldest part of the coast is found in westerly regions, while progressively younger rocks forming the cliffs here to the east. Old Harry Rocks mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Lange Anna

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The Lange Anna is the symbol of the German North Sea island of Helgoland. She is a 47 meters high and about 25,000 tons of heavy, free-standing rock (spine) from red sandstone with a floor area of 180 square meters in the extreme northwest of the island. The rock is a popular destination for tourists. He is not freely available, but may well be viewed from the top of the adjacent cliff top end of the country itself. On and on the rocks several breeding seabird species: especially the herring gull (Larus argentatus) and the Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) can be found here.

5. Bako Sea Stack

The Bako National Park is located in Sarawak, a state of eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs, spectacular sea cliffs and stretches of sandy bays. The most well-known landmark of Bako National Park is the sea stack in front of the beautiful beach of Pandan Kecil, that resembles a cobra head coming out of the water. The park is also home to the highly endangered proboscis monkey known for their big noses.

4. Ko Tapu

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Ko Tapu is a limestone rock about 20 metres (66 ft) tall with the diameter increasing from about 4 metres (13 ft) near the water level to about 8 metres (26 ft) at the top. It lies about 40 metres (130 ft) to the west from the northern part of Khao Phing Kan. A local legend explains the formation of Ko Tapu island as follows. Once upon a time, there lived a fisherman who used to bring home much fish every time he went to the sea. However, one day he could not catch any fish despite tedious attempts and only picked up a nail with his net. He kept throwing the nail back to the sea and catching it again. Furious, he took his sword and cut the nail in halves, using all his power. Upon impact, one half of the nail jumped up and speared into the sea forming Ko Tapu.

3. Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy

The Old Man of Hoy is a 449 feet (137 m) sea stack of red sandstone perched on a plinth of Igneous Basalt rock, close to Rackwick Bay on the west coast of the island of Hoy, in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It is a distinctive landmark seen from the Thurso to Stromness ferry, MV Hamnavoe, and is a famous rock climb. It is close to another famous site, The Dwarfie Stane.

2. Risin og Kellingin

Risin og Kellingin

Risin og Kellingin (Risin and Kellingin) are two sea stacks just off the northern coast of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands close to the town of Eiði. The name Risin og Kellingin means The Giant and the Witch (or Hag) and relates to an old legend about their origins. The Giant (Risin) is the 71m stack further from the coast, and the witch (Kellingin) is the 68m pointed stack nearer land, standing with her legs apart.

1. The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles 01

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. The apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 45 metres high.[6] The site was known as the Sow and Piglets until 1922 (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the Sow, and the smaller rock stacks the Piglets)after which it was renamed to The Apostles for tourism purposes. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Rare Natural Architecture

The natural environment still manages to fill us with a sense of awe and amazement.  Despite the amount of scientific knowledge mankind has gathered, nature still holds great mysteries that we may never be able to unravel.

natural architecture 01                                          ‘la tonnelle’ by gilles bruni and marc babarit, 1996

This complexity has continually daunted man. in frustration, we try to control nature by enforcing order. As a result, we have distanced ourselves from the earth, even thoughour survival is completely dependent on it. we are now trying to regain our close connection to nature.

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'running in circles' willow and maple saplings, patrick dougherty, 1996
There is an emerging art movement that is exploring mankind's desire to reconnect to the earth, through the built environment. Referred to as 'natural architecture', it aims to create a new, more harmonious, relationship between man and nature by exploring what it means to design with nature in mind.

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'weidendom' by sanfte strukturen, 2001
The roots of this movement can be found in earlier artistic shifts like the 'land art' movement of the late nineteen sixties. Although this movement was focused on protesting the austerity of the gallery and the commercialization of art, it managed to expand the formal link between art and nature. This has helped develop a new appreciation of nature in all forms of art and design.

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'ash dome' by david nash, 1977
The 'natural architecture' movement aims to expand on 'land art' by acting as a form of activism rather than protest. this new form of art aims to capture the harmonious connection we seek with nature by merging humanity and nature through architecture. The core concept of the movement is that mankind can live harmoniously with nature, using it for our needs while respecting its importance.

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'fog pad' by n architects, 2004
The movement is characterized by the work of a number of artists, designers and architects that express these principles in their work. the pieces are simple, humble and built using the most basic materials and skills. Because of this, the results often resemble indigenous architecture, reflecting the desire to return to a less technological world. The forms are stripped down to their essence, expressing the natural beauty inherent in the materials and location. The movement has many forms of expression that range from location-based interventions to structures built from living materials. However all of the works in the movement share a central ethos that demonstrates a respect and appreciation for nature.

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'toad hall' by patrick dougherty, 2004
These works are meant to comment on architecture and provide a new framework to approach buildings and structures. They aim to infuse new ideas into architecture by subverting the idea that architecture should shelter nature. Instead, the structures deliberately expose the natural materials used in the building process. We see the branches, the rocks and all the materials for what they are.

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'reed chamber' by chris drury, 2002
We understand that these structures won't exist forever. The materials will evolve over time, slowly decomposing until no evidence remains. These features are intentional, provoking viewers to question the conventions of architecture. the designers aren't suggesting that architecture must conform to their vision, they are just providing ideas that they hope will inspire us all to rethink the relationship between nature and the built environment.

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'clemson clay nest' by nils-udo, 2005
Patrick Dougherty is a builder and yet not an architect – he is perhaps best described as an artist and sculptor, a wood craftsman the likes of which most of us have never seen. Rather than cutting, planing, leveling and assembling rectilinear wood structures he shapes living trees into amazing natural tree buildings.

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What started as simple arbosculptures quickly become inhabitable spaces and entire built environments. Some of the results seem like churches or gazebos, religious or resting places deep in the forest, as shown in the pictures above. Others are more abstract and open for interpretation or mixed-use occupation, changing with seasonal conditions as shown below.

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Always temporary by necessity, he grows and shapes the constituent sapplings to create playful and interactive forms in all kinds of contexts (with over 150 installations worldwide to date). Some of his shaped tree structures interact with surrounding built forms but many of his most interesting and engaging work stands alone in fields or forests.

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One of the most impressive parts of his tree building constructions is the way he works with surrounding natural shapes, colors and seasonal environments. His structures can on a completely different character depending upon the time of year and weather that informs them – as shown in the images of an incredible series of tree-formed buildings above.


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