One of a kind printing: PURO PAPEL

In today’s technology driven- world, most think about fast, effective and inexpensive possibilities for all their printing needs.  Mass printing is definitely convenient due to its standardized, automated procedures, which allow for low costs when producing large quantities. However, mass production often impedes on creativity and one-of-a-kind products. Enter Puro Papel.

Local designer, and paper specialist, Catalina Rojas, saw the need for unique alternatives and launched Puro Papel over 10 years ago utilizing restored antique presses in truly innovative ways. Her tiny (yet impressive) studio in a sunny corner of Miami Ironside, specializes in creative design and artesanal printing. The Chilean artists draws on her studies in design, book-binding, and book preservation for all her distinctive creations that speak to the uniqueness of the client and its message.

 Puro Papel’s  one-of-a-kind custom paper collections and packaging are today known internationally. Whether it is a wedding invitation, stationary,product packaging, bookbinding and letterpress printing, Puro Papel is the perfect complement to the Miami Ironside vision and philosophy of nature and preservation.  Its materials and artesanal processes are the perfect fit to a complex that supports the cultural shifts in art, architecture and design trends.

 The process begins with a 30-minute consultation session, where Catalina personally incorporates client input into the creative process of the custom work. The results are nothing short of a unique balance of creative and technical expertise.

Visit Puro Papel at Miami Ironside, or the website www.puropapel.com, or call 305.773.3763 to scheduled your 30-minute consultation session.

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Top 3 Eco-Friendly Vacation Spots in Florida 🏝

Like salt in the sea, there are some experiences we encounter that are forever engraved into who we are. When it comes to the ocean, you never forget the sound waves make as they crash against the shore, the smell of salty brine lingering in the air, or the blissful way a cool breeze engulfs you on a hot summers day. The ocean is something we all have in common and in recent studies around the globe, it’s now become alarmingly evident that our oceans have seen better days. Fortunately for us, a few pioneers have been revolutionizing the way cities handle conservation and education for responsible tourism. With plenty of caring citizens wanting to do their part, eco-tourism, sustainability-focused, and thriving wildlife destinations have become front and center on trending travel reports.

Here in the United States, the Florida Keys has been leading the charge on responsible tourism offering everything from sustainable eco-tours to government supported nature centers that emphasize the education on local wildlife. If you’re looking to do your part this summer, we recommend planning a trip to the Florida Keys, diving down to the world’s third largest barrier reef and preparing for a vacation where you can give back to the planet and leave knowing you left a destination better than you found it.

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Key Largo

The first stop of any Florida Keys road trip is none other than Key Largo. The Keys consist of a 125-mile-long stretch of islands that mirrors an equally as impressive coastline with the world’s third largest barrier reef. As you can imagine, the reef plays a vital role in attracting visitors near and far. Therefore, businesses and locals alike are doing their part to invest in the upkeep and well being of their oceanic ecosystem.

The Baker’s Cay Resort, for example, is a former pineapple plantation which has been reimagined into a 13-acre resort that not only features beautiful rooms, quality service, delicious restaurants, and stunning nature trails complete with hidden beaches, but also does its part by providing guests with environmentally friendly options liked boxed water, biodegradable straws, and an eco-conscious boutique that offers up everything from sustainable fashion to reef safe sunscreen.

In Monroe County, reef safe sunscreen is strongly encouraged, as the county is currently working their way towards making reef harmful sunscreens illegal by law. Sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone, octinoxate, and avobenzone are proven to be lethal to coral, which since the 1970s has diminished by 97 percent. As the United State’s only barrier reef, coral is one the Keys most valuable players in this $2.7 billion dollar tourism industry. In the words of Roxane Boonstra, the recreational dive and volunteer coordinator from the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, you have to start with coral. They’ll be no marine life without it. Guests can visit the Coral Restoration Foundation to learn more about the future of coral reefs as well as volunteer to snorkel or scuba dive the man-made coral farms. Divers will even get the opportunity to do their part by helping replant native corals back onto the reef.

Of course, if you’d rather be landlocked, you can wind down and visit The Florida Keys Wild Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native wild birds that have been harmed or displaced. You can visit the resident birds who are no longer eligible to be released due to long-standing medical conditions and learn the importance of coexistence as well as the importance of environmental preservation for some of Florida’s oldest residents.

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After you’ve finished exploring the Upper Keys, take a day tip to Marathon, where visitors can tour one of the world’s first turtle hospitals, opened in 1986, designated to the health and well being of sea turtles. At the Turtle Hospital, educational tours are held daily to introduce visitors to the resident sea turtles, the facilities that help them, and to the local stressors that affect marine life as well as how we can do our part to prevent them. Guests even have the opportunity to get up close and personal in the process by assisting in the release of a turtle, back into the ocean, after they’ve been rehabilitated, which is regularly announced on the hospital’s website. Bette Zirkelbach, the manager of the turtle hospital, excitedly exclaims that, “6/10 of our calls [for sick sea turtles] are from people who have been to the hospital before,” making this once in a lifetime experience one not to be missed!

After you’ve worked up an appetite from saving turtles all day, head over to Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar to order up the local catch of the day, Lionfish. Owner and Chef John Mirabell was one of the world’s first chefs to serve up lionfish after a venomous sting left him “inspired” to make lionfish sushi. Lionfish are an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean causing a real problem for Florida’s local ecosystem as they compete with native fish for food, habitat and dominate in populations due to a lack of natural predators. As a conservationist, Mirabell is lending his hand in helping diminish the invasive population by doing what humans do best, putting lionfish on the menu. On Castaway’s extensive menu, you can find this fish served up several different ways alongside plenty of other locally caught fish and delicious dishes. Local favorites include the fresh ceviche, stuffed avocados, and lionfish sushi humorously referred to as the king of the jungle roll.

Key West

After crossing the infamous seven-mile bridge, you’ll eventually find yourself at the final destination of your road trip, Key West. Naturally, you can’t mention the Floridas Keys without mentioning Florida’s biggest wildlife player, dolphins. Key West is home to a resident pod of about 300 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, which live in smaller pods that can range anywhere from 6 to 20 dolphins seasonally. Watching them in their natural habitat with Honest Eco Sustainable Nature Tours is an experience favored by visitors and locals alike. The SQUID, Key West’s first solar-powered boat, uses a lithium battery-powered electric motor that reduces fuel consumption making it a perfect environmentally friendly option for day tours. The solar powered battery reduces the engine’s noise pollution making it ideal for dolphin watching as well as snorkeling in secluded areas amongst the iconic turquoise blue waters that are synonymous with the Keys.

If you prefer to stay dry on your excursion, Key West Eco Tours provides kayaks or stand up paddle boards through “backcountry” waters where wild mangroves provide a lush habitat for young sea life and colorful gardens. Led by local nature guides, this hands-on experience invites guests on a treasure hunt as they search the seabed to identify, classify, and learn about the extensive ecosystem that flourishes within these clear shallow waters.

In addition to the abundance of eco-friendly tours, Key West is also home to a budding sustainably sourced culinary scene. Locals can be found on any given night dining at The Stoned Crab. At this restaurant, private fishing boats deliver sustainably caught Florida stone crab, lobster, Key West Shrimp and a variety of local fish that are every bit as delicious as they are fresh. From dinner, stroll on over to the infamous sunset celebration at Mallory Square where around 7 pm the streets turn into a carnival affair as Floridians and eager guests overlook the harbor while street performers, musician, and food carts celebrate another day in paradise. From there, you can head to Duval Street’s only eco-bar, The Green Room, where this local hub serves up unique frozen cocktails, live music, and a picturesque rooftop deck overlooking the downtown area. The Green Room’s commitment to being eco friendly echoes throughout the space with upcycled decor, an extensive recycling system behind the scenes, a curbside cigarette container that makes recycling those butts anything but boring and a for sale merchandise display that donates a margin of their proceeds to helping environmental causes, such as the Turtle Hospital. After a long night celebrating on Duval St, you can rest easy at the Parrot Key Hotel & Villas who’s newly refurbished waterfront villas are a blissful escape with top of the line amenities and friendly staff that will make your stay feel like paradise.

As far as vacations go, getting in touch with one of America’s most eco-conscious destinations is more than just a once in a lifetime experience, it’s a bright light to the future of sustainable tourism. This chain of island’s commitment to reducing plastic use, enforcing non-toxic sunscreen, and commitment to sustainably caught seafood is the lifeline needed to aid a seemingly sinking ship. As the world works towards educating future generations on sustainable practices, the Florida Keys is no doubt a pioneer in leading the way in which sustainability can work hand in hand to educate locals and visitors alike on the importance of preserving our planet making this destination an absolute must for your next vacation

Health Benefits of Middle Eastern Food 🌱

A diet filled with Middle Eastern food, similar to a Mediterranean diet, incorporates the flavorful foods of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea. This food is conducive with a health diet, as it keeps the body healthy by being heart healthy and staving off many chronic diseases.

Middle Eastern food emphasizes the use of fish, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, and vegetables. Vegetarian food is often enjoyed, as it is heart healthy and strong flavors can be showcased. Because cholesterol and saturated fat are only found in foods that are animal-based, Eating vegetarian or vegan food is very health-conscious. Heart-healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids in fish and olive oil are healthy sources of fats.

For example, Tabouleh is a superfood that incorporates healthy olive oil with a refreshing mix of bulgur wheat, fresh onions and tomatoes, mint, lemon, and salt. This is a perfect dish for corporate catering as it is a crowd pleaser that can easily go along with any entree meal.

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Baba Ghanouj is also great for catering, as its light and fresh consistency pairs well with wood-fired pita bread. Baba Ghanouj is a fresh blend of baked eggplant, fresh garlic, tahini, and lemon. Eggplant is especially good for your health, as it is a great source of dietary fiber, copper, and vitamin B1. It also has manganese, niacin, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin K, and folate. Its phytonutrients include nasunin and chlorogenic acid, which are vital to overall health.

Following a Middle Eastern diet is also beneficial to brain health, cognitive function, and overall mortality. Studies have shown a Middle Eastern diet has been able to have an effect on the prevention of Parkinson’s, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s in 1.5 million people. For lunch, you might enjoy an Aladdin Mediterranean Chicken Salad with homemade lemon and olive oil dressing, with a wood fired pita on the side. For dinner, try some falafels, which is a vegetarian delight, and a Koufta Kabob to add some additional protein to your day.

There are many varieties of food available to help you stay healthy while eating Middle Eastern food. The options are endless for your taste and the taste of others. If you are putting on a corporate catering event, impress your guests by including a healthy menu for them to enjoy that will keep them energized throughout the day. Encouraging your guests to eat healthy vegetarian and vegan foods is a great way to have them experience new flavors that they will want to go back for more.

Catch the Wellness Wave 🌱Miami Vibes’ Health & Wellness Meet on June 29th

Miami Vibes Magazine has merged the realm of health and wellness and created the 1st Annual Miami Vibes Health & Wellness Meet. Miami has a plethora of programs to help the community live their best lives; unfortunately, many of these resources either go unnoticed or are under utilized. Miami Vibes Magazine is inviting Miami to “Catch the Wellness Wave” in an all day open to the public event on June 29, 2019 at Miami Ironside, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

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The day will commence with a fitness and wellness portion consisting of bootcamp sessions led by health and wellness coach, Zach Fazz; and yoga sessions led by yoga instructors, Johanna Thompson and Nzingah Oniwosan. The event will then center around a health and wellness panel (moderated by Nzingah Oniwosan) to discuss how we can live our best lives and what tools we can use. Join Chef Sol in a healthy cooking demonstration and a simple stir fry demo by Wok Star, Eleanor Hoh.

Later in the afternoon, community members, including the Public Health Department, featuring “Project Screen,” Borinquen Medical Centers, Ocyon Interventional Regenerative Medicine, Spiritual Healing with Purple Lotus Healing, Reflexology with Mary Susan Heydemann and Paty Mariposa with healing services will set up shop and showcase an assortment of services they provide to the community along with other health & wellness community partners. Enjoy delicious food and beverages throughout the event from our sponsors MondEpice, XOL, FIJI water, Miami Grill Catering, AMLA Miami Vegan Bakery and Chef Creole; vibing sounds by DJ Giohcecato and DJ Julian and video by Qualitafilms.

Come be a part of the vibes and catch the wellness wave!

Event information

WHEN: Miami Vibes Health & Wellness Meet will be on Saturday June 29, 2019 from 9:00am - 6:00pm.

WHERE: Miami Ironside 7610 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138

ADMISSION: Open to the public. RSVP here

Meet Filip Karto: THE artist of upcycling fashion #IronsideMakers

An artist at heart, he uses multiple mediums to convey his messages. From sculptures to collages, fashion to jewelry, his passion lies in the process of transforming an already existing object into something new.
PHILIP KARTO products are handcrafted in our Miami-based atelier by expert artisans. Their Alligator line is exclusively fabricated in Florida. This leather is particularly durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. Because each hide has a unique pattern of “tiles” or scales, every item produced is one-of-a-kind from the start.

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Produced at an average of three bags (3) bags a day; vintage luxury handbags are completely taken apart, hand painted, and re-assembled with suede handles, exotic leather and silver 925 details.
All of the above-mentioned bag styles are known for their double-sided design: an impactful image paired with an inspirational, funny or unusual quote to match.

Inspired by Rock and Roll, motorcycles and urban culture this high-end leather brand’s motto is: Disassemble, Modify, Transform. The use of premium acrylic leather paint promises for a long-lasting design.
All of their luxury vintage handbags are purchased at certified auctions.

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Keeping Up With Krel #IronsideMakers

Meet Miami fashion designer Karelle Levy and explore her collection of sustainable, hand loomed, limited edition designer knitwear specifically made for the heat.  Styles range from dresses, skirts, and hot shorts to tanks. 

Designer and artist Karelle Levy founded Krelwear fashion collection in 2002. Born in Paris and raised in Miami, she graduated with a Textile degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She applies her multi-cultural background to designing and fabricating colorful, body-conscious knitwear for tropical climates. She specializes in eco-friendly cotton and metallic fibers with advanced technology. Hand-knitted dresses, tops, hot shorts and accessories come in her exclusive, signature fabrics.

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In addition to creating art installations, including Quickie Couture, a series for on-the-spot custom pieces, she hosts “Stitch N Bitch” monthly knitting and crochet workshops at her studio and boutique in Miami Ironside and at the Freehand Miami hotel.

KREL’s philosophy is based in the beauty of seamless “toobular” knit design. Branching through two separate lines; one of a kind hand loomed and limited ready to wear.  The one of kind line is hand loomed in our Miami atelier with a blend of yarns ranging from cottons, metallics, rayons, glow in the dark, and polyesters.  Some pieces can have up to 20 varieties of yarns.  The pieces are like works of art; they change and morph as they are created.

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Sustainably Designed & Knit in Miami

KREL has been voted Best Fashion Designer in Miami New Times in 2005 & 2010 and awarded GenArt “Fresh Faces of Fashion” in 2004.  Among its list of thrilled garment owners are: Nicki Minaj, Alanis Morrisset, Christina Ricci, Carmen Electra, Pink, Cameron Diaz, and Natasha Lyonne.

Give your business the perfect space to thrive with these design tips 🌿

With these design tips, you will be able to give your employees the perfect office space that will make them feel happy to return on a Monday morning.

Ditch the Cubicles

Whilst everyone needs some privacy at work to maintain their productivity levels, no one really likes the feeling of being cooped up in a tiny box all day. Instead of trapping your employees in an isolated cube, opt for an open-space environment. Investing in a set of long tables can really add a fresh, quirky feeling to your work room.

Not only that but they can promote productivity and allow co-workers to develop a sense of comradery with their fellow workers. Everyone can see everyone else and what they are working on, therefore they feel compelled to do the same.

Not only that but less cubicles mean that is easier for your workers to get their daily dose of sunlight from any nearby windows, instead of it being blocked by a large wall.

Color Schemes

Your color scheme should ultimately reflect the vibe of your business. Don’t just get used to your office’s white walls. Instead, spruce it up with some bright colors that can get your workers even through the darkest of winter days. Professional interior designers can give you advice on the best color patterns to inspire your workers.

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Source: Dolly

Quirky and Fun Designs

If you are running a “hip” brand, why not pick an interior design that reflects the vibrancy of your business? There is nothing wrong with going a little mad with your color schemes, especially if it brings your employees a pleasant work environment to return to. Unique work designs can inspire the creativity of your workers, for instance if you create a relaxed space, you may want to include beanbags, wooden tables, fur rugs and even book shelves.

Relaxed workers are more productive and this will make them enthusiastic when they are at work. You can even invite artists in to paint murals on your walls, if you feel brave enough. Be creative and create an individual look for your office.

Personal Touches

Your employees will certainly appreciate it if your office building has some personal touches thrown into to help them through a busy work day. Don’t forget to make spaces, such as break rooms, that can help your employees wind down and relax during their breaks and lunch hours. Invest in some fun additions to your space, such as a game room, a tv, a fish tank, a book shelf or even a nap area. But most important, don’t forget about the coffee machine! Leave out all the essentials, some capsules and some biscuits and your employees will lap it up!


What’s On Tap? 5 Sustainability Trends For 2019

In 2019, global sustainability trends are taking shape in a meaningful way. Some you may not notice right away, but others will be impossible to miss since they will not only be emphasized in the media, but also in our everyday lives.

Here are 5 sustainable trends to keep an eye on in 2019.

1. Sustainable Vehicle Automation

As climate concerns continue to grow, so does the attention being paid globally to carbon emissions. Because cars and trucks are large contributors to these emissions, a great deal of progress continues to be made regarding the restructuring of the vehicle industry. Low to zero-emission vehicles, self-driving cars, and fully electric options are gaining in popularity – a trend that will only gain strength in the coming year.

According to GreenBiz several countries are working to actively ban fossil fuel cars within the next 25 years and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has projected that self-driving vehicles could remove up to 90% of vehicles on the streets of urban cities.

2. Consumers and technology will make headway in reducing plastic pollution

Addressing our plastic problem is something that many organizations, corporations, activists, environmentalists, governments and individuals have been doing for years – so what is going to be the new trend in the 2019 plastic battle? The answer lies with the informed consumer and changes in plastic technology.

Because plastic is an affordable material with an extensively wide range of uses, it isn’t likely that plastic waste will become a thing of the past by December 31, 2019. What is likely to happen is a change in the way consumers use plastic and the pressure they will continue to exert on their elected officials to make single-use plastics less accessible overall. 

3. Sustainable Farming 

If there is one area in 2019 that sustainable efforts can have a huge impact, it’s agriculture. The past few years have shown increased attention to the way we produce food, and efforts have been growing to ensure that the process of growing is as beneficial for the earth as it is for our tables.


According to James Goodman, director of futures and projects at Forum for the Future, “The internet of things, remote sensing, artificial intelligence and a revolution in robotics are coming together to make low-input, data-driven automated agriculture at scale a real possibility.” This is good news for more efficient use of water, decreased waste overall, and better crop production in the coming years.

4. Increase in sustainable building materials

The years 2016 – 2018 showed us that if it can be made in an eco-friendly way there is likely someone out there who will make it so – 2019 will be no different. While packaging and everyday materials have been making responsible shifts to biodegradable, compostable, and fully recyclable options in recent years, there is one industry that will continue to strive for new sustainable heights in 2019. That is the construction industry.

According to Marc Spiegel, Construction and Demolition Sector Lead and Co-Founder of Rubicon Global, “When looking at the construction and demolition industry, it will be critical to leverage technology to deal with the massive challenge of cleaning up, waste and recycling.  Today there are better ways to deal with construction clean up, other than doing what we did 50 years ago and calling the garbage company. Educating the public and private sectors on modern possibilities is vital to change old habits.

In addition, the lack of dedicated construction and demolition material recycling facilities means that each commodity being recycled must have its own container to prevent cross contamination. This scenario makes coordination and logistics more important for users and vendors, which is why embracing technology could be a catalyst for change in 2019 and beyond.”

5. Increased social action and education around sustainability

With so much at stake globally, 2019 could be the year when the effects of our increasingly ultra-connected behavior as a society rises to a new level and leads to meaningful positive change. Change can be hard but we are proving more and more that it doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. In the past, we have achieved great things as a society when we have worked together and in 2019 we expect to see big changes.

For example, we expect to see a growing number of organizations doing the hard work needed to gain B Corporation status, an increase in green building LEED Certifications, more cities instituting single-use plastic bans, and global policy changes intended to make polluting nearly impossible. 

We also expect to see sustainability commitments increase for small business and individuals through more responsible recycling practices, efforts toward becoming more energy efficient, and efforts to become more educated about sustainable initiatives in local communities.

What is micro-retailing and why is it a growing trend? 🍃

It's hardly news that the retail industry is going through significant contraction of selling space as an uptick in bankruptcies and outright liquidations forces hundreds of locations to close en masse. In addition, dozens of struggling retailers continue to shutter outlets hoping to improve profitability or avoid a similar fate. In fact, there is a pretty good chance that the number of store closings this year will exceed last year's record pace. While there are plenty of new store openings, the net downsizing of retail space in certain categories is clearly significant (for a deeper dive I recommend this excellent report by Coresight Research).

Another factor that is starting to affect vacancy rates is that some brands are "right-sizing" their prototypical store, in what I affectionately label the "Honey, I shrunk the store" phenomenon. Some of this is a sure sign that the retailer has run out of ideas for the space it has and is hoping to shrink to prosperity. Good luck with that. Others are wisely optimizing their footprints to address the rise of e-commerce and other fundamental changes in shopping behavior.

What's new—and fundamentally more interesting for retail's future—is the rise of much smaller and very much reimagined formats from well-established brands. I first delved into this last year writing about Nordstrom Local, the storied retailer's new service-focused micro-concept. Nordstrom has since disclosed plans to open additional locations and hinted in its recent investor presentation that Local could be a key part of the company's portfolio strategy to drive market share on a city-by-city basis. Ikea joined Sephora, Target and others who are hoping to spur outlet growth by announcing a smaller format that holds the potential to unlock many additional urban locations by having fundamentally different economics and site-location requirements.

In some cases these retailers are dealing with the harsh reality that their concepts are maturing and it's becoming impossible to find locations where they can generate an ROI from their traditional format. Without reengineering their underlying economics, their store growth plans come to a screeching halt. In other cases they are mirroring aspects of the playbook employed by many digitally-native brands as they began opening physical stores: locate closer to where the target customers live or work, make services a key component of the value proposition, harmonize the experience across digital and physical channels, minimize inventory and use technology as a differentiator.

Over the years, many retailers have chased the notion of a smaller store as the key to spurring outlet growth. Where most went wrong was delivering a watered-down version of what the brand was known for. Saks' Main Street strategy is an expensive lesson in what not to do. The smaller box did encourage them to open in locations that could not financially accommodate a "real" Saks store. In theory, this strategy held the promise of increasing the luxury retailer's store count by some 50%. Unfortunately customers were underwhelmed by the offering, seeing it as a "baby" Saks. Eventually all the expansion sites were closed.

17 Things Every Miamian Needs a Break From ☀️

Welcome to “the 305,” where our “winters” make the rest of the country jealous, our coffee is strong, and our people are beautiful. It’s no secret that everyone wants to visit Miami, but like any city, living here can mean its fair share of annoyances (not that we'd trade it for anywhere else). Among the endless pool parties, there are things that every Miamian would like to (occasionally) escape. We rounded up 17 of the most common complaints.

ETERNAL SUMMER

Sending our NYC friends pictures from the beach in January, while they’re putting on seven sweaters and a peacoat to take out the trash? Priceless. Spending hours in front of the mirror to look like a runway model, only to walk outside and turn into a wet dog by the time you reach your Uber? Worth whatever the hell it costs to travel somewhere without humidity.

“MIAMI TIME”

It’s a thing. We natives can’t explain it and Miami transplants rarely accept it, but if you invite us over for dinner at 7pm, we will show up at 8pm. With the appetizers. We may accept our bad habits, but visit another city and be reminded that punctuality can be oddly refreshing… especially at restaurants, where it doesn’t take a waitress 45 minutes to remember to bring your menus.  

PEOPLE WHO WORK OUT ALL THE TIME

When you live in a place where it’s beach season year-round, the gym is a way of life. It also means half your Instagram feed is just friends finding any excuse to show you they do CrossFit.

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Cynthia Perez/Thrillist

PARKING ON MIAMI BEACH

Drive around for an hour to find parking cheaper than valet, then end up paying the valet anyway because your reservation was an hour ago and you’re over it.

MIAMI DRIVERS

Blinkers are optional. Changing lanes like you’re the only person on US 1, even when it’s rush hour, is not. Speaking of which...

TRAFFIC

Construction. Tourists. Bad Miami drivers. Construction. That Uber driver who can’t find you. Construction. The reason is irrelevant -- just know that if you try to drive anywhere, anytime except 1pm on a Tuesday, you will be bumper-to-bumper for at least an hour.

 

RUDE, SELF-OBSESSED PEOPLE

Our people know they look good... and are shameless about keeping up with the competition. Get in the way of a sprinkle-pool Instagram moment at the Museum of Ice Cream, and you might just get chased down Collins Avenue.

SPRING BREAKERS

To the masses of college students who make the beach impossible to go to in March and April: Your fake, post-2010 Four Lokos and Tide Pods are not welcome here. Nor are your Uber surge prices.

TRENDY... EVERYTHING

Those $18 sous-vide bacalao crêpes with lime-green seafoam and dehydrated olives look great -- except when all you really want is a bread basket or a plate of croquetas.

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Cynthia Perez/Thrillist

ENDLESS CONSTRUCTION

Does anyone even know what they’re building on the Palmetto anymore?

BANDWAGON SPORTS FANS

“I have season tickets to all the Heat games because they are the best team on Earth and God bless Wade County and I will forever pledge my loyalt-- oh, LeBron left? When’s the first Dolphins game, again?”

MIAMI SLANG

Here, bro, everyone speaks Spanglish, we make up words like “irregardless,” and it’s commonplace to randomly yell “dale.” Dah-laaaay! Sometimes, not every conversation needs to sound like a Pitbull song.

EVERYONE PRETENDING TO HAVE MONEY

That guy with the Lamborghini lives with his abuela in West Kendall and will walk your dog for gas money.

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Cynthia Perez/Thrillist

REALLY HIGH RENT PRICES

The only way to avoid paying less than $1,300/month for a 600 square-foot, 1-bedroom apartment (with one laundry machine for the whole building) is to move to Hialeah. Or Homestead, where the money you’re saving in rent just goes to gas money because you’re 45 minutes away from… anything. What I’m saying is, maybe Lamborghini guy has it figured out.

THE DATING SCENE

You never hear anyone say they’re going to Miami to “settle down.” You DO hear them say they’re going to Miami to "meet hot chicks at the Clevelander” or see them slide into your DMs with the ever-hopeful “Ayyyyy mami.”

SNOWBIRDS

DRIVE FASTER, GRANDMA, WE ALREADY HAVE A TRAFFIC PROBLEM.

PARTYING

After the party, it’s the hotel lobby, where you meet a guy with a table at LIV, take him to Better Days, and somehow end up on the sand at 21st and Collins drinking rosé at sunrise. On a Wednesday. It’s fun when you visit, but when you live in a place where the partying never stops, plowing through lines of tourists to pay $20 for a vodka soda gets old fast. Netflix and pajama Fridays, amiright?

Special project launch: The secret notebook of Cândido Portinari 🎨

The55Project, together with the Portinari Institute, brings the stylist Ronaldo Fraga and the ballerina Ana Botafogo to promote the connection between art and fashion, on May 16 to 18, at Miami Ironside.

All the project elements revolve around what the poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade defines as the “Portinari Universe”. It will be three days of dynamic activities – a fashion show, documentaries, art talks, public schools’ children’s’ workshops with activities in Portuguese – all these in a set design inspired by Portinari’s work. The event will also include a presentation from the Miami City Ballet inspired by the work “Guerra e Paz” as a tribute to the Brazilian ballerina Ana Botafogo.

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Ana Botafogo

Event Schedule

 Place: Miami Ironside

7610 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138

 Thursday, May 16th

  • 6PM – 9PM | Opening Night Reception

Friday, May 17th 

  • 10AM | School Field Trips

  • 6PM | Art Talk with Ronaldo Fraga

Saturday, May 18th

  • 11AM – 2PM | Open to the public and Family Day

Ronaldo Fraga & Portinari Project is brought to Miami with the generous sponsorship of FedEx Express, Miami Ironside (venue partner), Azul Airlines, Perrotti Family Trust, Piquet Law Firm, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Midtown and Cultural support from Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, Projeto Portinari, Monte Paschoal Wines, Studio D, Sagrado Café, Leblon Cachaça, AB Catering, Cecconello and InMiami Magazine.

Information:

  • www.the55project.com

  • info@the55project.com


Miami's Magic Makes it a Destination for Business and Life 🏙

Miami becomes the only city to host the Super Bowl a record 11 times times but it's been nearly a decade since it last hosted the big game when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 — back when Saints fans still celebrated the Super Bowl.

"If you haven't been to Miami in about 10 years, it's a completely different city," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "It's one of the most beautiful cities in the nation. It's one of the most unique cities in the nation. We're a truly international city. We speak your language. We have a very unique set of tastes and sounds and culture."

Watch the Super Bowl LIV video featuring Miami's own Pitbull:

The city's rich culture and diversity is owed to the fact that 60 percent of the people who live in Miami weren't born here.

"We also know how to throw a great party," assured Gimenez in accepting the ceremonial gold football in Atlanta.

Monday marked the start of a yearlong campaign to highlight South Florida and all it has to offer by creating excitement and building a sense of pride within the community. The Super Bowl video seeks to reintroduce America to everything new since the city last hosted the game.

"Our campaign is an invitation for the world to join Miami and live it," declared Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Chair Rodney Barreto. "We couldn't be more excited to have someone like Pitbull bring this to life – he truly embodies Miami lifestyle and vibe, and its people."

Hard Rock stadium is bathed in the colors of Super Bowl LIV. Photo courtesy Miami Dolphins.

Hard Rock stadium is bathed in the colors of Super Bowl LIV. Photo courtesy Miami Dolphins.

The iconic 47-story Miami Tower, which houses the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee in the heart of downtown Miami, has been bathed in the campaign colors at night as has been Hard Rock Stadium – Miami pink and a Florida-inspired ocean blue.

"We are excited to kick off our year and work with sponsors to 'Live it Miami,'" added Barreto.

In addition to Gimenez and Barreto, NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium Owner Stephen Ross and Vice Chair, President and CEO Tom Garfinkel were also on hand Monday along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee for the handoff of the Super Bowl LIV game ball.

While Super Bowls are already larger than life events, Super Bowl LIV will mark the culmination of the 100th season anniversary of the NFL.

It will spawn special events and activities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as part of the festivities. For more information, visit www.MIASBLIV.com.

The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is planning "significant community programs" around the 2020 game.

"Local minority-owned, women, LGBT and disabled veteran-owned businesses have the opportunity to pursue contracts through the NFL's supplier diversity program, Business Connect," according to committee officials. "The community also has the chance to participate as part of the 10,000 volunteers that will serve as city ambassadors during Super Bowl week."

To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.MIASBLIV.com

"We're at the bottom of the map, but we're always on top," Pitbull raps in the video. "Host of Super Bowl 54 making history. Eleven Super Bowls. We produced the most NFL players and that's no mystery."

SENTIENT House Miami pop up | MAY 2-8 🍃

Sentient House is a collaborative club lounge connecting work, leisure, and entertainment for travelers staying in vacation rentals.

Sentient House pop-up at Ironside

Sentient House pop-up at Ironside

A PLACE TO RELAX

Sentient House delivers a beautifully designed, expertly integrated and optimized for work and leisure.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Their food and beverage team will deliver complimentary continental breakfast, coffee, snacks and other beverages throughout the day.

LUGGAGE STORAGE

Sentient provides secure luggage storage so you have the freedom to enjoy the day

HOSTED EVENTS

The local SH team deliver rich engaging events that bring the local community to you; the traveling community.

IN THE KNOW

Meet with the local team who can help you get dialed into the city through local event and attractions you would never find on your own.

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7 reasons why plants are valuable and important 🌱#HumanSpaces

Everyday, we encounter plants whether it is in parks, the wild outbacks of nature, or in the simple pleasure of plantscaping the inside and outside of our homes. But do we truly understand the vital role plants have in this world? The very thought should cause us to pay more attention to the beautiful botany that surrounds us.

Here are 7 reasons why plants are valuable and important:

FOOD 

The sun is provider of all energy. We eat plants to gather the energy stored in their cells. And we are here because our ancestors foraged plants for food. They learned the ways of agriculture to make it easier and grew plants that produced products such as wheat and corn to eat. Approximately 7,000 different plant species have been cultivated and used as food for people. Though humans can live on the consumption of animal products, it is just a step away from plants since cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and other animals eat plants to live.

AIR  

The air we breath mainly consists of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. But it is oxygen that is vital for our cells to produce energy, energy that originated with the sun. When the sun shines down, plants absorb the sunlight to produce energy and end up releasing oxygen into the air as a by-product of their metabolism.  We in turn inhale the oxygen for our survival and exhale the carbon dioxides plants require. Breath deeply and drink in the oxygen-laden air and realize it’s because of plants we are alive.

WATER 

Where there is water, there is life. Plants regulate the water cycle by distributing and purifying the planet’s water supply. Through the act of transpiration, plants move the water from the soil up their roots and out into the atmosphere. Moisture accumulates into clouds and eventually the water droplets are returned back down as rain to revitalize life on earth.

MEDICINE 

Many of prescription medicines come from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds. Aspirin comes from the bark of the willow. Mint leaves have mentha that is used in throat lozenges, muscle creams and nasal medicine. The malaria drug ingredient quinine is from
the bark of the Cinchona tree. About 65% – 80% of the world’s population use holistic plant-based medicine as their primary form of healthcare according to the World Health Organization.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE SILL.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE SILL.

WELLNESS 

The implementation of LEED and WELL Building Standard shows that society is learning the value of incorporating nature or biophilia into man-made environments, both inside and outside for psychological and physical health. Plants advance health, happiness, mindfulness and productivity when weaved inside buildings and throughout the communities. Including living plants inside a home or business revitalizes the air, humidity and lowers stress levels for better wellness.

HABITAT and CLOTHING 

Plants make up the backbone of earth’s diverse landscape that provide hundreds of unique habitats necessary for life. Flowers dance in the fields while grasses on a hill sway in the wind. Trees strut tall in their habitat and act as the earth’s dynamic lungs, powering life everywhere. Birds pick up straw, leaves, bark, along with feathers, hairs and other items to make a comfy nest in a tree, bush or even tall grasses. Our ancestors used thatched roofs made of grasses or palm fronds, and wood to secure their homes. Industrial hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. Plants in all their diversity keep the cycle of life moving.

CLIMATE

Excessive carbon released into the environment has been blamed for the current climate change we are experiencing. But rarely is it explained that plants store carbon by pulling it from the air. Plants help keep much of the carbon dioxide produced from our burning of fossils fuels out of the atmosphere. We owe our temperate climate to the perpetual landscape of green that blankets our world.

Bal Harbour Village to Ban Single-Use Plastics Beginning in October 🍃 #Glocal

There's really no valid argument against the idea that single-use plastics are ruining the planet. About 40 percent of plastic products are used only once, and as a result, almost 700 species have been harmed by this trash, according to National Geographic. The European Union recently banned ten types of single-use plastic items, including polystyrene cups, citing reports that 80 percent of marine litter is made of the stuff.

In South Florida, Bal Harbour will take a similar approach. Last week, the village council voted unanimously to ban most single-use plastics, including straws, utensils, and shopping bags.

Environmentalists say single-use plastics pollute the oceans, causing damage to ecosystems.  Photo by  Bo Eide / Flickr

Environmentalists say single-use plastics pollute the oceans, causing damage to ecosystems.

Photo by Bo Eide / Flickr

"This is something that I don’t think anyone’s doing across the state... so we’re feeling our way through and seeing what the reaction is and how it works," Mayor Gabe Groisman said at the April 16 council meeting where the vote took place. "We actually don’t know how it’s gonna fly, but we think it’s the right kind of statement to make."

The ordinance prohibits the use, sale, or distribution of single-use plastics in commercial establishments, including restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and condo and apartment buildings. Officials in Bal Harbour, a ritzy, oceanfront community best known for its luxury shopping mall, say they crafted the regulations to address plastic pollution in public areas.

"Bal Harbour Village is a major and internationally recognized tourist destination that continues to encounter discarded plastic items on the Village’s beaches, waterways, and streets, as a result of the improper disposal of these single-use plastic items," a council memo states.

The ban comes as the Florida Legislature debates bills that would preempt municipalities such as Bal Harbour from prohibiting plastics. Councilman Buzzy Sklar says he recently visited Tallahassee to talk to lawmakers, who suggested it was "very favorable that [Bal Harbour's] ordinance will stand up." The village's attorney has also crafted the ordinance in such a way that it can be amended to abide by state law.

As currently written, the warning period for the ban begins October 1. On December 1, businesses that flout the rules will be fined $250 per infraction. Individuals can be fined $25 per infraction.

In addition to applying to commercial establishments, the ordinance also pertains to all Bal Harbour-owned facilities and village-approved events. A person who books a pavilion at a village park for a birthday party, for example, could be fined for using plastic utensils, but a person on a spontaneous picnic would not.

The law makes exceptions for medical and dental offices, as well as for schools.


The Problem With Plastic ♻️ #Glocal

Plastic isn’t just a problem when it enters the environment as waste. Rather, plastic pollutes at every step of its life.

Extraction

Plastic is made from fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, and even coal. As demand for fossil fuels as an energy source declines relative to production, plastic production represents a lifeline for the fossil fuel industry. All of the problems of fossil fuel extraction and transportation – from oil spills to groundwater pollution – come along for the ride.

Production

Converting fossil fuels into plastic feedstocks requires large chemical processing plants which emit a variety of pollutants into the air. These plants tend to be situated in low-income communities, which lack the resources or political capital to fight back. These communities face higher rates of disease as a result of their exposure to pollutants from nearby plants.

Consumption

Many plastics contain chemical additives which can leach back out of the material, getting into our food, our water, and ultimately our bodies. For example, BPA, an endocrine disruptor that can cause big problem particularly for young people, is found in many types of plastic commonly used for food storage.

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Disposal

Plastic stays around for hundreds of years or more. Unfortunately, only 9% of the plastic every produced gets recycled; the majority ends up in landfills or in the environment. In fact, 8 million tons of plastic enter our waterways each year. All that plastic is starting to show up in unexpected (and unwelcome) places, from our tap water to our food. The “smog” of microplastics in our ocean is smothering the small organisms that make up the base of the food chain, and could have serious implications for our food systems.

In addition to this wholistic view of plastic’s impact on people and the planet, our campaigns and communications are founded on four key understandings:

There is too much plastic in the system. Half of all plastic ever produced was made in the last 13 years. Plastic production globally continues to increase, with the plastic industry projecting 75% growth in the production of polyethylene (one of the most common types of plastic) in the US by 2022. Much of that growth is in single-use plastic with no recycled content. At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. To reduce the consequences of plastic production and disposal, we must reduce the amount of plastic being produced.

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Not all plastic is created equal. Some plastic is used to create long-lasting, durable goods. Some plastics have a high recycling value, making them far more likely to be recycled again and again. But much of the plastic in our economy has low or no value, meaning that it can’t be economically recycled and is therefore far more likely to end up in landfills or the environment.

Producers are bear ultimate responsibility for plastic pollution. We have been led to think that plastic pollutions is the product of careless litterbugs. While that may be true in certain countries with developed waste and recycling infrastructure, the majority of plastic waste entering the environment comes from developing nations in the global South. Despite the lack of established systems to manage plastic waste, multinational corporations like Nestlé, Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson continue to dump huge volumes of low-value plastic into this region despite knowing full well where that plastic will end up. While they pocket the profits, we are all left to deal with the waste.

Solutions exist, and groups around the world are fighting for and implementing them. Although there is no singular magic bullet or one-size-fits-all solution, a growing movement of change-makers from around the world are building and scaling strategic, culturally-responsive solutions to the plastic problem. From local bans on no-value plastic like plastic bags and styrofoam take-out containers, to brand audits that identify problematic products for redesign, a rich tapestry of solutions hold the promise of a future free from plastic pollution.

Five Incredible Buildings Inspired By Nature 🌱 #Biomimetic

Biomimetic architecture uses nature as a model, measure and mentor to solve problems in architecture. It is not the same as biomorphic architecture, which uses natural existing elements as sources of inspiration for aesthetic components of form. Instead, biomimetic architecture looks to nature as a model to imitate or take inspiration from natural designs and processes and applies it to the man-made. It uses nature as a measure meaning biomimicry uses an ecological standard to judge the efficiency of human innovations. Nature as a mentor means that biomimicry does not try to exploit nature by extracting material goods from it, but values nature as something humans can learn from.

  1. Milwaukee Art Musem

Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The elegant Milwaukee Art Museum’s most eye-catching feature is its huge sunscreen roof – the Burke Brise Soleil – which is reminiscent of great white wings thanks to an open and closing mechanism controlling the 90 tonne screen.

Architect Santiago Calatrava wanted to incorporate both the urban and natural features of Lake Michigan, which the building overlooks, and took into account the “culture” of the lake front including boats and sails.

Gabriel Tang, an architect and senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, describes why this US building is among his favourites: “Although expensive and technically complex, this is a delightful way in which architecture can be inspired by observations and ideas from nature to create pieces which are interestingly functional, functionally practical, and practically beautiful.”

He adds: “I love the direct and straight-forward legibility of the building. The opening or closing mechanism is gracefully poetic, but yet performs a function – that of protection.”

2. The Gherkin

Credit: Getty images

Credit: Getty images

“This was one of the first environmentally progressive buildings in the UK city of London,” says Tang of 30 St Mary Axe, the UK’s iconic skyscraper more commonly known as “The Gherkin”.

Completed in 2004, the 180m tower has an air ventilation system similar to sea sponges and anemones, Tang points out.

These creatures feed by directing sea water to flow through their bodies. And similarly, The Gherkin is supported by an exoskeleton structure, and is designed so ventilation flows through the entire building.

3. The “algae house”

Credit: Novarc Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Credit: Novarc Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Germany’s extraordinary “algae house” or BIQ building in Hamburg actually incorporates living matter – microalgae – into its design.

One side of the green-hued tower’s largely transparent surface contains tiny, growing algae which can control light entering the building and provide shade when needed.

It’s the world's first example of a “bioreactor façade”.

Algae produced within the transparent shell are continuously supplied with nutrients and carbon dioxide by a water circuit which runs through the building’s surface.

The algae creates a sun filter, explains Cruz: “In winter for instance, when there’s hardly any light and Hamburg is pretty grey for a long period, then the algae will not propagate and the façade screens will be very transparent, and so light comes through.”

When enough algae have grown they can be harvested and used to make biogas (a renewable energy source made from raw materials) to supply the building.

The ingenious design was completed as a prototype for the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg in 2013.

4. Eden Project

Credit: Caitlin Mogridge / Redferns via Getty Images

Credit: Caitlin Mogridge / Redferns via Getty Images

The Eden Project, nestled in a clay pit near the hamlet of Bodelva in Cornwall, UK, houses an extraordinary collection of plant species from tropical rainforest and the Mediterranean.

But the domed building itself is a large part of the spectacle: its “curvilinear” shape is an example of “softer edge” geometries which fascinate architects today, says Cruz.

Architect Nicholas Grimshaw’s huge transparent semi-spherical creations were inspired by the shape of soap bubbles, and the building’s “Core” education centre mimics the Fibonacci spiral pattern found in many natural objects such as pinecones, pineapples, sunflowers and snail shells.

5. Downland Gridshell Building

Credit: Steve Speller - Alamy Stock Photo

Credit: Steve Speller - Alamy Stock Photo

The light and airy Downland Gridshell Building, part of the Weal & Downloand Open Air Museum in Singleton, Chichester, UK was completed in 2002 and uses oak laths bent into shape to create the double-curvature, lightweight shell structure.

“This is perhaps not a building that was inspired by natural observations but with its timber cladding on the outside and being located within the woods, this building strikes a very close relationship to its natural setting and has been described by critics and architects themselves as an armadillo,” says Tang.

Tang, having worked extensively with gridshell design, explains lightweight shells such as those seen in the Downland Gridshell Building, are typically made with timber or steel. “Imagine how a bird creates a nest from separate pieces of straw. These structures usually have light-filled interiors but because of the number of connections, can be difficult to make weather-tight.”

Design is a human ritual of understanding.
— Maggie Macnab, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design

Mom and Me Brunch Pop Up with Arts & Crafts

Recipes For Change presents: Mom and Me Brunch Pop Up with Arts & Crafts! 

Celebrate Mother's Day for a cause with your little ones! Enjoy an amazing brunch by Zaytouna Foods and an Arts Pop Up station by Crearecs, letting the kids explore their creative talents as they hand make a memorial Mother's Day gift for Mom!

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10 Exceptional Earth Photos 🌎 #EarthDay

Celebrate Earth Day With The Greatest Images Of Our Planet.

The Earth remains humanity's only home in all the Universe, and the only planet that we know of capable of supporting human beings. Today, Earth Day, it's more important than ever to appreciate it. Below are some of the most impressive images of our home planet ever captured with a camera.

Northern Outburst by   Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen

Northern Outburst by Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen

The Great Blue Hole – Belize

The Great Blue Hole – Belize

Terraced Rice Field, China by   Thierry Bornier

Terraced Rice Field, China by Thierry Bornier

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland by   Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisson

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland by Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisson

Cave of Crystals, Mexico by   Carsten Peter, Speleoresearch & Films

Cave of Crystals, Mexico by Carsten Peter, Speleoresearch & Films

Camel, Socotra Island by   Sergei Reoutov

Camel, Socotra Island by Sergei Reoutov

Yellowstone Park by   Tom Clark

Yellowstone Park by Tom Clark

All This Blue Ice

All This Blue Ice

Serengeti, Tanzania by   Amnon Eichelberg

Serengeti, Tanzania by Amnon Eichelberg

Arizona Butte by   Rex Naden

Arizona Butte by Rex Naden