Tag Archives: David Attenborough

The Best of Both Worlds

I was recently reminded of this old quote, which I believe was popularized with the release of the 1971 movie Fiddler on the Roof: “A bird may love a fish, but where would they build a home together?” I playfully teased a good friend with this conundrum, to which they astutely albeit cheekily replied, “is the fish a Mudskipper?”

Here look nature…boom… we have it! It is called MUDSKIPPER? I defaulted to David Attenborough, my great and worthy advisor on all things wildlife related for the answer. Why spend half the afternoon watching Mudskipper videos on Youtube? Well… because I love this shit…

Syl “ALWAYS break for nature!” Stout.

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Spring!

The daily high is supposed to reach a whopping 18 degrees in Toronto on this fine March day!

Warm weather always makes me think of swimming, so what better way to ring in the season than with this BBC vid of swimming macaques… Soon all of us will be doing the same as spring turns into SUMMER!!! Yes please.

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Loving Life on Planet Earth

We’ve been lying here watching Blue Planet for hourrrrrs, and we are thinking lovingly of our beautiful world, and all the wonders that it holds, and how crucial they are to preserve. We just donated to the World Wildlife Fund, and you can too! It’s easy, just go to their website: http://www.worldwildlife.org

And, we are reminded of one of our fave books by the Good Doctor … The Lorax!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch! calls the Once-ler.
He lets something fall.
It’s a Truffula Seed.
It’s the last one of all!
You’re in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.
And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all of his friends
may come back.

 

 

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You’re Stopping?! But… But why?

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!

http://creativity-online.com/work/bbc-what-a-wonderful-world-with-sir-david-attenborough/25508

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