Rivers and Tides - contemporary art using natureRivers and Tides is a truly beautiful, Scottish-German documentary made in 2001 about the artist Andy Goldsworthy, a Scotsman whose medium is nature itself and whose preferred studio is the outdoors, particularly where water flows, rises and retreats.
The soft-spoken, secluded Goldsworthy is seen hard at work making ephemeral sculptures out of bits of ice in the trees; building tall, mysterious cones from loose rock, which stand like spiritual sentinels in forests and on shorelines, overgrown by plants or swallowed daily by high tides; or long-winding rock walls, icicle assemblages and other intricate, druidic masterpieces made entirely of materials found in the wild.
Filmmaker-cinematographer Thomas Reidelsheimer goes to great lengths to make visual corollaries to Goldsworthy's ideas about under-appreciated relationships between light, color, movement, balance and fluidity of form in the real world, making Rivers and Tides a surprising and intoxicating cinematic gallery of the fragile relationship between man, art and nature.
For more information visit the Documentary Films Website
The Leaf consists of layers of flexible material that can bend to wrap around a person's wrist, allowing the battery to charge with solar energy as the wearer goes about his/her day. The wristband is secured with magnets at each end and a simple cellphone with basic functions is incorporated into the design. It also has a solar powered docking station for those times the wearer is out of direct sunlight.
The designer's main objective for the phone is to remind people that they can contribute to energy efficiency as individuals. Every small bit counts.
See Inhabitat's website for more information.
Over the past half century household furnishings, clothing, industry and agriculture products have been manufactured using man-made fibres (eg. acrylic, polyester, nylon and polypropylene) instead of natural plant fibres (eg. sisal, cotton, flax) primarily due to cost savings in the manufacturing process.
There is definitely an argument for natural fibres over synthetic fibres, however, just because the fibre is natural does not mean that it is green. Agricultural and social issues relating to the production of the fibre need to be carefully considered when choosing one natural fibre over the next. Cotton is a good example, as the industry uses pesticides and bleach in their farming and production processes.
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The additional pleasure of waking up with the light peaking through rocks, snuggled tightly and warm in a sleeping bag, with a woollen beanie on the head can only be understood by those who have been to the Drakensberg and slept in a cave on the high slopes of the mountains. This is definitely something that should be ticked off the "Before-I-die To-Do" list.
Sleeping overnight in a cave is a very popular activity for hikers travelling from one destination to another along the higher altitude hiking paths of the Drakensberg mountains. The caves provide shelter from the wind, rain, snow or heat (depending on the hiking season) and are a fantastic way to experience and enjoy nature.
Inevitably, an inexperienced hiker only sees how well they fare en route and many well planned hiking trips need to be down-sized to accommodate blisters, sore muscles and low spirits.
A well positioned cave can be used as a "base-camp" from which daily hikes can be conducted in various directions, enabling the hiker to experience as much of the immediate surrounding area as possible, without having to lug a heavy backpack each time. This also provides the flexibility to change and adapt the proposed hiking schedule more appropriately to the strength, health and determination of the hiking group.
For those not so keen on traipsing on long 3 - 5 day hikes with heavy bags, this is a perfect way to explore the Drakensberg.
For more information on the caves in the berg visit A Backpacker's Guide To The Natal Drakensberg
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We are pleased to have a new monthly addition to our newsletter: Wine of the month, recommended by wine specialist Karen Glanfield of KGB Wine.
Karen Glanfield has been working in the wine industry for 7 years, initially in market research, then as National Sales and Marketing Manager for a well-known wine estate before starting KGB Wine in June 2008.
Due to her passion and interest in wine, she shares her expertise across the wine industry by providing several wine services that include:
Karen is available for casual and formal wine tasting sessions, wine purchases and much more. See her recommendation for this month's Wine of the month.
Description :Indigenous much branched, stiffly erect, rounded shrub, 1 x 1 m with masses of dainty pink-purple flowers.
Flowering time :Autumn to Spring
Verdelho 2009 - Organic
Winemaker : Alicia Rechner
Description :Mediterranean "tropical fruit bowl" grape variety with small golden hued berries.
Aroma : Coconut, passion fruit, pineapple, marshmallow, white pepper and floral spice.
Palate : Natural, crisp acidity with purity of fruit. Spicy musk and litchi with a nutty, dry finish.
Winemaking : Small portion barrel fermented, natural stability with gentle clarification and maturation on lees. Bottled on site 4 months after harvest.
If you want to purchase or require more information on this wine, or if you are interested in a private or corporate tasting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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