Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

My camera revealed a surprising amount of color and light at 11pm over the Methow Valley last autumn.

Get ready for some nature inspiration, because this week I've found another truly spectacular nature film to share with you! Created by Amon Barker, this film features the sweeping landscapes of the American west displayed in dazzling timelapse. And it's in 4K! I have no idea what that means but it looks spectacular on my brand new laptop. Take a deep breath, and take a look for yourself...


 

This film reminds me of all the things in nature which, thanks to the limits of our human physiology, we are unable to see: the full detail of the Milky Way's cloudy band; the sky so full of stars that there's hardly any darkness to be seen; the rich colors of the nighttime landscape; the subtle movement of trees on a windless day... all these things are in front of our eyes every day, but we're blind to them. It's an awe-inspiring thing to have this loveliness revealed by technology that extends our own ability to see.

How did you feel about the woman showing up at the end of the film? Did she seem out of place? People are so often left out of nature films, but it's important that we be reminded that we're part of all this: the mountains, the stars, the trees, the sky, the water, the bears, the bison... humans belong there as well. We are not separate from nature or above it, we're a part of it, both subject to it and subjecting it to our influence. And that reveals yet one more thing in nature we cannot see: the ripples sent out through the world as a result of our actions, attitudes, and choices. Let's make sure those ripples result in something positive.


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