Most of us have dreams of getting away. We hear about exotic locales and unique species, and sigh, because the likelihood of climbing Mt. Everest, visiting Antarctica, or even flying over the Grand Canyon, is nil for many of us.
But that doesn’t mean your sights need to be limited to your four walls and ceiling. Take the time to check out the many recordings from those who’ve been blessed to be out there. And instead of thinking with envy, how I wish I was there, try feeling grateful that the 21st century has made us witness to experiences that our ancestors just 100 years ago could not fathom.
Recommended Nature Documentary: Africa
The Africa documentary from BBC Earth is one of my favorite shows. I watched it on Netflix and would rewatch it again in a heartbeat. Each episode focuses on a different geographic locale of Africa; the narrator explains how they are all connected and how the rain in the mountains brings the wet season to the jungle. The videos follows specific species, from elephants dying of thirst in the Kalahari Savannah (that was an absolute heartbreaker) to the dung beetle and silver ants of the Sahara desert. It explains how mirages occur in the heat, how seasons are created, and how rhinos are threatened.
Watching this show helped me experience the wonders of nature in a way I’d never before. It was as though I could touch the rainforest foliage, hear the birds’ warnings, and feel the lions roaring. Although I will always dream of a real trip to Africa, and do what I can to get there, this series has calmed my yens, at least for a while.
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Altogether, Africa is a comprehensive chronicle of beauty, showing the complexity and fragility of our world. I highly recommend it!
Note: This show is family-friendly, but parents might want to screen it, as some episodes show animals mating explicitly.