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Germany is a forest country with lot of spectacular landscape views. Rivers , lakes ,  an array of man made castles and the majestic black woods of bavaria; it has got it . But what is the point if there isn’t enough people around to appreciate these natural and non man made beauty.

A 16 year german has taken it on himself to bring to the attention of the world the essence of his country. Jannik Obenhoff is a landscape photographer who travels around the countryside taking light filtered images of natural spots around Deutschland .

Jannik lives for the outdoors , exploring the lush forests, foggy mountain tops and clear blue lakes and ” unselfishingly ” capturing those majestic views  for other without the means to travel, an activity he considers part of his hobbies.

“If you won’t go out and explore, you won’t see how beautiful nature can be,” Jannik added on his Instagram’s blog.

Jannik  , with over 500 post on instagram and several froya into Austria  he shares his work with over 400k followers and offers photo lighting training here

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” House of Waste ” wins sustainability award

Kamikatsu : wan awards (h/t: demilkedufunk, inhabitat)

 Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture Japan  is one such community committed to zero waste : aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle centre like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaching an impasse, the world looks around to  great expectations to this traditional life-style Kamikatsu holds the beacon to that alternative.

In order to create continuity of production and consumption, and  to herald the path on continued productivity already followed , the town decided to collect all their waste materials and create a  warehouse / brewery. As a town centre to relax  and share a beer or two between members of  the milieu  also to display art-work and wares ; a general purpose eco-community centre.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Grand title winner : Tim Laman

High in the canopy, a young male orang-utan returns to feast on a crop of figs. Tim knew he would be back. After three days of climbing up and down himself, he hid several GoPro cameras in the canopy, triggering them remotely from the forest floor when he saw the orang-utan climbing. He had long visualised this shot, looking down on the orang-utan within its forest home.

A vital story captured in one remarkable frame by Tim Laman , a wild life photographer aiming to bring the plight of such orang-utan to more people . The story is well-known but we need outstanding photography like this to bring it across to us afresh . It touches our hearts and our minds – and just might help support actions to stop the destruction of it habitat.

Tim also captured the other part of the indonesian eco-system which cover the aquatic , terrestrial and dendritic animals lives.

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Sometimes known as the gardeners of the forest, Bornean orang-utans are highly intelligent. Like humans, they exhibit culture, with different groups displaying unique behaviours and traditions. Orang-utans in Borneo have been seen using leaves as napkins to wipe their chins, building sun shades above their nests and even crafting umbrellas to stay dry in the tropical downpours.

Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

 

 

Cream , Butter , sugar , Flour and a great piece of edible art.

Pastry chef Matteo Stucchi just proved art could be achieved anywhere with little but the creative mind and wanting to express it ; even in the kitchen , and around tonnes of flours , butter and food dye. His kitchen  which is constantly strewn with tasty desserts and treats is located in Monza Italy.

“A dessert’s looks is just as important as its taste,” says Matteo as his Donuts become pools , Baked brownies become mining sites, cake pops turn into a Ferris wheel – tweaking around the function of each food item to fit his imagination.

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The attention to detail on his pastry art is excustraiting , as he painstakingly fill , adjust and lay out  every tiny piece of ornamentations himself.

Matteo shares his successes on line- on the internet , raking in over 40k fans on his personal picture sharing social account ,In just a couple of months.

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“A dessert’s looks is just as important as its taste,” says Matteo and we couldn’t agree more. Baked brownies become mining sites, cake pops turn into a Ferris wheel – there’s no limit to his wild imagination. The only thing that comes close to his creativity is his patience. The attention he gives to every detail is just amazing.

His efforts didn’t go unnoticed. In just a couple of months he reached 35,000 followers and the number of sweet tooths is constantly growing

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead  is central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

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Celebrated throughout Mexico  colorful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honor specific family members who have passed on, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillasand big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto.

The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.

 

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10+ Traditional weddings across the globe

For most western cultures ; Europe , America and back here in Australia, brides traditionally wear a white dress on their wedding day. But beyond the west however and a large variety of attires exist for that special occasion and it differs with culture preferences and  across countries too.

Although for most parts of the western world and now China , it’s  a bit rare to find a wedding dress that isn’t white. However, in many cultures, especially in Asia , south America and Africa, the most couples opt for traditional ornamentations .

Since not everybody upholds same traditions , and couples wears on their Big Day,  show interesting amount of diversity. This list compiled by Ausquerry provides a  “matted insight” into the different ways people around the globe celebrate this same occasion.

 

 

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Traditional Wedding Costumes In Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Russia has over 185 different ethnic groups, and many of these have their own separate wedding traditions. However, many Russian weddings last for at least two days and some go on for as long as a week.

Traditional Wedding Costumes In Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Korean Traditional Royal Wedding Costumes

The Korean national costume is called the Hanbok, and a variation of this can be worn at traditional weddings. According to ancient tradition in, the groom should carry his wife around the table on his back. This is so the bride knows that her husband is reliable.

Korean Traditional Royal Wedding Costumes

 

While some brides adorn themselves in colorful garments, others paint their hands and faces in accordance with local traditions, and some hide their faces completely behind layers of jewelry or veils.

 Malay Wedding

Most weddings in Malaysia are held according to the Muslim tradition. Brides often wear wedding dresses that include colors such as purple, violet, and cream.

Malay Wedding

Balinese Wedding, Indonesia

Traditional Balinese wedding clothes are often vivid and richly decorated. The bride and the groom often wear crowns of gold on their heads during the ceremony.

Balinese Wedding, Indonesia

Weddings In Jakarta, Indonesia

As in other parts of Indonesia, traditional wedding attire in Jakarta includes plenty of gold, intricate patterns, striking colors and ornate head wear.

Weddings In Jakarta, Indonesia

Palembang Wedding, Indonesia

Palembang is the second-largest city on Sumatra island in Indonesia. In traditional weddings brides wear what’s called an Aesan Gede, which is a rich and striking costume that evokes the grandeur of the Srivijaya empire.

Palembang Wedding, Indonesia

Sami Wedding

The Sami are the indigenous people living in the far north of Europe. The area is called Sápmi and it stretches across parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula. Their traditional dresses explain a lot about the wearer. For example, single people wear belts with circular buttons, while square buttons mean a person is married.

Sami Wedding

Polish Wedding From The Lowicz Area

A Polish bride will traditionally wear a white dress and a full veil (welon). The groom will often wear a buttonhole flower to match his bride’s bouquet. If you notice a bride subtly moving a part of her wedding dress to cover the top of the groom’s shoe, she may be following a traditional belief that this will give her a position of dominance in the relationship.

Polish Wedding From The Lowicz Area

Traditional Wedding In Ghana

Traditional weddings in Ghana are often very colorful, and each family has its own cloth pattern that features on the bride and groom’s wedding outfits.

Traditional Wedding In Ghana

 

#7 Scottish Wedding

Men in Scotland traditionally wear the kilt of his clan for his wedding. After the ceremony, the bride wears a shawl emblazoned with her new husband’s clan colors to signify her transition into his family.

Scottish Wedding

 

Chinese Wedding

In China the colour red is considered to symbolize good luck. The colour is also believed to keep away evil spirits. It’s therefore no surprise that traditional Chinese wedding outfits almost always feature the colour red.

Chinese Wedding

 

Indonesian Wedding

Indonesia has over 17,000 islands and so weddings here vary greatly depending on where people live and which of the 300+ ethnic groups they belong to.

Indonesian Wedding

Colourful Breakfast Meals across the world: Which is your favourite?

For most people in the world, the Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And  It’s interesting to find out how completely different kinds of food are served up in the morning in our different part of the world – depending on the country and the culture. For some people, breakfast should light but packed full with calories to get them through the day; for others, it’s little more than a light snack to prevent fainting.

We at Ausquerry had the chance to crawl the web for meals served on breakfast tables around the world , and came up with some colorful dishes that should make your mouths water.

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What we liked: It’s very tasty.

What we didn’t like: There wasn’t enough of it.

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