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Embroidering Nature’s Patterns with @meredithwoolnough

To see more of Meredith’s nature-inspired creations, follow @meredithwoolnough on Instagram.

“I have been collecting skeletonized leaves for as long as I can remember,” explains Australian artist Meredith Woolnough (@meredithwoolnough), whose elaborate embroideries mimic coral, leaves and other forms from nature. “I have always found inspiration in the natural world.”

Meredith’s particular method of embroidery is well-suited for patterns inspired by nature. “I work with a unique technique that allows me to create embroidered structures that exist without a base cloth. It’s not your typical embroidery.”

A near perfect Scribbly gum leaf Meredith found inspired her largest work to date. “I mapped out the internal structure of the leaf and translated the design into a dense network of stitches,” she says. “It took me months to complete and it almost sent me mad, but I am so happy with how it turned out.”

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#LocalLens: Documenting the Forgotten Scenes of Sydney

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To see more photos and videos from Vinh’s explorations around Sydney, follow @vinhphams on Instagram.

“I love capturing the scenes of Sydney that have been forgotten, whether it be new or old,” says Sydney Instagrammer Vinh Pham (@vinhphams) for this month’s edition of #LocalLens. An avid participant of local InstaMeets, Vinh often goes out on photo-walks with fellow Instagrammers he met through meet-ups, looking for interesting angles of the city and its people.

“This photo was taken at an abandoned tire factory called the Dunlop Slazenger Factory,” explains Vinh about one of his photos. “I framed the image upside down, because I wanted to capture a different perspective of my subject,” he adds. Other spots he likes to shoot include the rarely used staircases at Redfern Station, a pathway running alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge at a quiet time of the day and an empty section of the campus at University of Technology, Sydney. “I view Sydney as an unexplored playground, which I embrace through my photographic adventures.”

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#LocalLens: Interacting with the Natural Landscapes around Sydney

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To see more photos of Sydney’s diverse natural landscapes, follow @twistdee on Instagram.

“What I love about Sydney is the beautiful coastlines and ocean mixed in with funky urban settings,” says Instagrammer Denise Kwong (@twistdee) for this month’s edition of #LocalLens.

While Sydney’s signature skylines and urban cityscape offer picturesque big-city moments, the scenes that Denise especially likes to share on Instagram feature the spectacular nature surrounding the coastal city. Some of Denise’s favorite places to explore and shoot include rock fishing at Maroubra Beach, seaside swimming at Mahon Pool, the rocky shorelines of Turimetta Beach and the high peaks and cliffs of the Blue Mountains.

Denise takes a minimalist approach when shooting and often gets her friends to interact with the landscape in interesting ways. “The formation and positioning of that cloud allowed me to try something creative, so I got my friend to pose for me,” reflects Denise as she explains about a photo taken at Flat Rocks in the Blue Mountains. “I am forever inspired by different photographers and artists, and thus my style is always evolving.”

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Remembering War Veterans on Anzac Day

To see more photos and videos from Anzac Day, browse the #anzacday and #anzac hashtags.

On Friday, communities throughout Australia and New Zealand observe Anzac Day, a day to honor and commemorate those who lost their lives during military conflicts and peacekeeping expeditions.

The holiday takes its name from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) and falls every year on April 25th, the anniversary of the first major Anzac conflict during the First World War. Troops took on the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to clear the way to the Black Sea for Allied navies, resulting in heavy casualties that had a profoundly sobering impact on the two nations.

Many mark the day by attending dawn memorial services and spending time with family veterans. Australians will occasionally play a cheeky game called two-up that was popular among soldiers during World War I. Many will also bake Anzac biscuits around this time, a tradition carried on from Australian and New Zealand families who sent these biscuits to soldiers fighting the war.

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Sydney’s One Central Park, the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

To see more photos and videos of the vertical garden, explore the Central Park location page on Instagram.

At Central Park in Sydney, Australia, a 33-floor residential building known as One Central Park houses the world’s tallest vertical garden. Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, the garden towers at 115 meters (380 feet) and showcases panels of greenery designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc. The panels, some of which are several stories tall, are scattered around the building’s facade and carry 450 types of plants (250 of which are local species).

In addition to the garden, One Central Park is also known for the cantilever that juts out from the top floors of the building. A heliostat of motorized mirrors is installed underneath the cantilever, reflecting sunlight to various areas of the garden. LED art installations designed by French light artist Yann Kersalé are also built into the cantilever, lighting up the environment throughout the night.

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Capturing the Community of Australia’s Bondi Beach with @denoodle

For more photos from Bondi, follow @denoodle on Instagram and explore the Bondi Icebergs and Bondi Beach location pages.

"I like to think I’m a cross between a hippie and a hipster," explains Instagrammer Tim Denoon (@denoodle), a longtime resident of Bondi, an ocean-side suburb of Sydney, Australia.

one that he fuels with his photos of life on the beach or at the Bondi Icebergs' famous oceanfront pool. Drawn to surfers, tourists and locals alike, it's the way that people interact with Bondi that intrigues Tim most. As he puts it, “Some of the men in my pictures are friends or acquaintances, but most are strangers who either jog past very quickly or who stand transfixed at the water's edge by the rolling sea. The beach is a supremely contemplative environment, and being able to photograph people while they're in this head space is a real joy for me. I used to live at a Buddhist monastery, so being able to capture these moments is like creating a zen poem, something short and sharp and full of deeper meaning.”

Though an avid surfer himself, it’s more than just the waves that captures Tim’s imagination, and he sees his photography as a way to bring people together. “What I love most about Bondi is the local community, the people who I see on the sand and on the street who always stop and have a chat about the waves or the sky or how their coffee was slightly too bitter this morning,” he says. Tim uses his photography on Instagram and the #wearebondi hashtag to capture the magic of the Bondi spirit and “get people thinking about what glues us together as a suburb.”

As for what comes next, Tim hopes to take his passion for photography and beach communities on the road: “With any luck I’ll be able to travel more extensively this year with the goal of photographing different beach cultures around the world. It’s a theory I’d like to prove: that surf and sand can join people together just as firmly as bricks and mortar (or hashtags and emoticons).”