May 22, 2008
I’ve been out of commission for the past few days with the stomach flu (gross), but, in between naps, I’ve been able to take in a few episodes of the BBC’s Planet Earth, a multi-part series chronicling all kinds of natural phenomena. My dear husband picked up the whole set at the library, and not a moment too soon, sick-speaking.
For those who haven’t seen PE, it’s not only a feat of natural history photography, it’s also a great encouragement for those of us who strive to live Small: loads of the plants and animals featured — from coral reefs to krill, Arctic polar bears to snow leopards — are being depleted at alarming rates, and many, it is speculated, by human-caused climate change.
So, I suppose if I want the baby who lives next door to see timberwolves outside of an extinct species chart, I’d better keep downing my footprint.
Photo above: From the “Ice Worlds” episode of Planet Earth. Those are Emperor penguins getting ready to wait out the triple-freezing Antarctic winter. They are incubating their eggs in special “pouches” just above their feet and just below their blubber-line. Cool. Literally.