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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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Artists in Touch with Their Surroundings at Portmeirion’s Festival No.6

To view more photos and videos from Portmeirion’s Festival No.6, explore the Portmeirion location page, browse the #fn6 hashtag and follow @festivalnumber6 on Instagram.

Designed by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1920s, Portmeirion is a tiny village built in Italianate style on the coast of North Wales, UK. In 2012, this magical setting gave birth to Festival No.6 (@festivalnumber6)—an immersive arts and culture festival paying respect to Sir Clough’s vision for development at one with nature.

“The village comes alive over the weekend,” says festival organizer Luke Bainbridge, who strives to reflect the spirit of Portmeirion in the line up. “Buildings like the Central Piazza and Portmeirion Town Hall all become weird and wonderful venues and settings, and the magical estuary of River Dwyryd is also a really popular site to Instagram.”

Impromptu performances are known to happen throughout the weekend to create an experience truly grounded in its surroundings. “Festival No.6 is about so much more than music. It still all revolves around Portmeirion.”

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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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Hyperlapsing in Yellowstone National Park with @dguttenfelder

To see more of David’s videos and photographs, follow @dguttenfelder and @natgeo on Instagram.

“I’m redefining myself as a photographer in my home country,” says photojournalist David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder). Based in Japan and India for the past 15 years, David worked across Asia, from war-torn Afghanistan to reclusive North Korea, where his Instagram feed became an unique window into a secluded world. This year, he returns to the United States as a National Geographic (@natgeo) photography fellow, working on a long-term project about the ecosystem surrounding Yellowstone National Park. National Geographic was given a preview of Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app, and David was one of the first photographers to try it out, recording the bison that he now shares the road with on his daily commute.

“I will spend the next year in America’s Wild West,” he explains, adding: “What could be a more perfect homecoming?”

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Bracing Nature “At Its Most Raw and Wild” in Norway’s Lofoten Islands

For more photos and videos from Norway’s Lofoten Islands, explore the Skrøva location page, browse the #@skrova hashtag and follow @eivindnatvig on Instagram.

Nestled among the craggy mountains of Norway’s northern coast, the Lofoten Islands are some of the most idyllic on earth. Situated on a small group of islands, the fishing village of Skrøva is home to just a few hundred residents, and tourists flock to the area in the summer months seeking retreat from the modern world. The natural arctic surroundings provide the perfect setting for hiking, watching whales and spotting the Aurora Borealis in the clear night skies. With just a few daylight hours for most of the year, long sunrises and sunsets bathe Skrøva’s white sand beaches and jagged mountain backdrop in a pink light.

Living in Skrøva also lets you experience weather “at its most raw and wild,” says local Instagrammer Eivind Natvig (@eivindnatvig), who captures breathtaking moments from Skrøva’s natural landscapes on Instagram. “Skrøva is somewhere you can experience human vulnerability to the elements,” he says. “When storms come in, we are often isolated from the rest of the world, which provides a wonderful freedom but has its own set of challenges.”

"As one of a handful of people lucky enough to live on Skrøva, I have the unique opportunity to witness and share the daily changes in our incredible nature with Instagrammers around the world," says Elvind. "I hope my photography can bring something different to the way people see Lofoten."

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Exploring New Zealand’s Haupapa/Tasman Glacier

For more photos and videos of the glacier, explore the Tasman Glacier and Tasman Glacier Trail location pages and browse the #TasmanGlacier hashtag.

Located between two of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Rarakiroa/Mount Tasman, the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier is a huge river of ice that covers 101 square kilometers (39 square miles) and reaches 600 meters (2,000 feet) in depth. As the longest glacier found in the country, it extends 27 kilometers (17 miles) along the borders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand’s South Island.

The area receives a massive amount of snow in the winter, which melts southward into Lake Tasman by summertime. As the ice melts on the surface of the glacier, piles of stones and rocks from within are left on the top, creating what appears to be a vast plain of rubble. Although the layer of debris drastically alters the glacial landscape, it actually helps preserve the ice beneath and slows down the glacier’s retreat—and the dynamic environment attracts many ambitious hikers and climbers all year round.

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Exploring New Zealand’s Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

To see more photos and videos from the reserve, browse the #waiotapu hashtag and explore the Waiotapu Thermal Springs Wonderland location page.

On New Zealand’s North Island, an active geothermic reserve houses hot springs of multiple colors and extraordinary volcanic formations. The reserve’s name, Wai-O-Tapu, or “sacred waters,” comes from the indigenous Māori language and alludes to the area’s unique geologic offerings. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a tourist center within the reserve that provides visitors with a taste of the distinctive geologic attractions. Some of the popular landmarks include colorful pools of water created from mixtures of minerals and bubbling carbon dioxide, erupting mud pools and a geyser that shoots out boiling water every morning. The conservation area was formerly the largest mud volcano in the country until its crown eroded in the early 90s, leaving the steaming springs and fizzling silts that continue to attract local and visiting Instagrammers alike.

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Exploring the Natural Landscapes of Indonesia with @dj_jocky

For more photos and videos from Jo, follow @dj_jocky on Instagram.

"People I meet on Instagram tell me I’m a born traveller," says Jakarta Instagrammer Muhammad Jocky, who goes by the name Jo (@dj_jocky). Inspired by the Instagrammers he was following, he was drawn to the landscape and travel photography he saw in the app, especially from outdoor photographer Tom Vaillant (@tomvaillant). Jo started traveling to places with nature-rich landscapes in his home country of Indonesia to capture and share these views with the rest of the world. “My favorite places to shoot are mountains, forests and fog in West Java, including Bandung, Bali and Malang,” he explains. Jo also likes to bring his Instagram friends along on his explorations and often holds InstaMeets at these places. “I’m very proud of the things I’ve gained through Instagram and InstaMeets because I have many new friends and greater knowledge about mobile photography,” he says.

Jo is particularly fascinated with capturing fog, which emerges quite often in the mountains and forests of this region. He started the #foggyfrenzy hashtag series as a way to collate all his photos of fog as well as those of other Instagrammers.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPappreciateEarth

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, the goal this weekend is to go out and show your appreciation for our planet and document it through creative photos and videos. Some tips to get you started:

  • The best way to appreciate our planet is to help make it better. Find a volunteer opportunity, pick up fallen litter or even just spend some time fixing up your own garden and find a creative way to photograph it.
  • Share your favorite spot in nature with a video. Keep an eye and ear out for the details that make it special, whether it’s the wind rustling through the grass, a surging waterfall or the way fog moves through the trees.
  • Most importantly, have fun! As you explore, don’t forget to take some time to wander and enjoy the nature around you.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPappreciateEarth hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!