|Female mallard at Saint Edward State Park. Lainey Piland photo|
This week, I'm going to once again lean on the poignantly beautiful films from Nature 365 for our Nature Nerd Wednesday inspiration. Titled Discovery Lake, this film from May 30th starts with a birds-eye overhead view of a tranquil lake surrounded by thick forest before transitioning to a close-up view that skims across the surface of the water.
The way the camera perspective changes from beginning to end makes me feel like I'm looking through the eyes of a duck coming in for a landing, splashing down, and skidding across the surface of the lake. A duck's-eye view. Watching the film, you have a sense that you're obtaining a privileged view of the sights and experiences a duck participates in that a human ordinarily would not be able to, like slowly drifting by the loon sitting on her nest nearby, peering through the grasses without alarming or disturbing her. The viewer feels more like a welcome neighbor rather than an intruder in these scenes, which is an opportunity we're not often afforded! Take a look for yourself, and enjoy:
Nature 365: May 30, 2015 from FollowFocus on Vimeo.
How about that chorus of birdsong and croaking frogs at the beginning? So lovely to listen to, and reminiscent of the multitude of voices and sounds you'll hear when wandering through the forest.
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