Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sir David Attenborough's Planet Earth Series


A captivating series of documentaries by David Attenborough, a long revered British nature lover who was knighted by the Queen of England in 1985 and also conferred on with the order of merit in 2005 for his distinctive role in the arts and sciences and currently working on Life in Cold Blood series on the life of amphibians and reptiles due to be released this year (2008), gave me a glimpse of our beautiful planet in its true colors. A thought-provoking, non-fiction, and state-of-the-art presentation meant to nurture the minds of students and conservationist alike, Sir David Attenborough, with his polished British accent, begins with a narration that fascinates the visualization, intelligence, and acoustics of the audience.

Perhaps, the mere glance of planet earth series is enough to arouse the feelings of many students who are unsure and confused about their undeclared majors. Without a shadow of doubt, planet earth series will serve as a magnet to lure many into conservation efforts so as to preserve our dwindling resources; it will help propel many nations, organizations, and agencies to leap into greater heights by taking further steps to challenge their apprehensive and foot-dragging planetary irresponsibilities.

With overly rambunctious and titillating voice occasionally titivated by soft susurrations amplified by speakers of modern technology, the narrator, Sir David Attenborough, doyen of literary repute and scientific exemplifications, epitomizes a maestro in a frightening cinematographic exploits never-before-seen in such remarkably striking feature.

He romances the Russian leopard with a golden touch; delves into the caribou habitat traversing 2000 miles of territory into the Taiga or the boreal forests of Canada; the birds of paradise of the Guinean forests capture his imaginations; the seasonal feast after the rains in the Okavango delta throw him into oblivion. The majesty of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa with its variety of wildlife and the millions of seals off the Skeleton Coast of Namibia is hard to ignore.

On the other hand, planet earth diaries, an exclusive disposition of life in the Andean Mountains, penetrate the imagination of the viewer. The solitary and secretive mountain lion of the Andes has all the mountain survival techniques it needs to survive harsh terrains and biting cold weather. The four-footed Llama is prey for the ferocious rare lions.

Strange as it may sound, the biggest mountain glaciers on earth that are visible from space are to be found in Pakistan. The snow leopard with its overweight tail is a rare sight. Filming its feeding techniques and dwelling places must have been a hard task for the crew members and their cameras.

Life underneath the sea has its mysteries. Strange-looking creatures never before filmed leave a question mark for any conservationist and student yearning to preserve our environment. This is an unconditional attraction to planetary responsibility and stewardship. The might of the blue whale and the millions of unidentified creatures below the ocean depths, means a lot remains to be conquered in the distant future.

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