There are many types of people in this world, but I like to narrow them down into two categories: Those that love nature videos and those that aren’t fussed. I, of course, am the former. I have been watching nature documentaries since forever and a day, so I am more than familiar with the voice of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, perhaps best known for his narration of the BBC series Planet Earth.
The imagery in this series is hauntingly powerful and impressive and yet it is the soothing, accented voice of Sir David that delights me to no end, leaving me yearning to learn more about the Squat Lobster, the Gila Woodpecker, the Nubian Ibex and the Pygmy Seahorse. His description regarding the mating rituals of the elusive Ground Tit can keep me rapt for hours.
I am legitimately saddened by the news of Sir David’s retirement. I simply cannot imagine who is going to fill his shoes (rumours are circling that it will be Daniel Craig), but frankly I am concerned for the future of the nature documentary. I realize he is 85, but he has a voice that is like a rare elixir; not a single drop should be squandered.
In any event, he can now spend the last years of his life staying in fancy hotels, (something he apparently likes to do), and I will re-watch the Planet Earth box set when I become nostalgic for his elucidative and mollifying voice.
I have posted a link for short but beautiful video to celebrate this great man. Enjoy!