Planet Earth – David Attenborough BBC
S02 E01 : Islands
This is a post on the first episode of the long-awaited second season of Planet Earth – an incredible TEN years after the release of the first . Attenborough as per usual looking simply, adorable.
Due to new technologies and camera’s they can now show us life on the planet in entirely new ways. We see some incredible footage taken in new and inventive ways that let you delve further into the jungle or island and see things and moments that wouldn’t have been previously able to be captured.
The cinematography and camera angles explored in this are just perfection.
This series “Brings you closer to animals then ever before + reveal new wildlife dramas never before seen” – We get to see one of my favourite animals – the Serval (Savannah Cat), who are incredibly regal. After watching a wildlife documentary on Big Cats that explored all the different types of cat i became pretty damn fascinated by these majestic little things here.
We begin our first leg of the journey with “Islands” – there are hundreds of thousands of islands, each one a world in miniature – the struggles to survive on these remote lands reflect the challenges faced by all life on earth. There were some shots throughout the episode (this one included) that stunned me visually, everytime i watch a nature documentary i’m a little floored by how many remarkable places exist on this planet, it also fuels my ever-growing wanderlust..
Our first furry friend we meet is on Isla Escudo De Veraguas off the coast of Panama : the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth. Having just watched “Zootopia” with the kids i babysit, i had a little smirk whilst watching this guy slowly meander about his lands.
I’d never seen much of sloths before but there’s actually something quite endearing about this little guy, also – sloths can swim?
Next its off to the Island of Kimodo in Indonesia – home to Dragons – 10 feet long and weighing 150 pounds – the largest living lizards on the planet. These guys were seriously intimidating, even through the television their sheer size and power becomes apparent really quick.
We then end up exploring one of my favourite places for Attenborough to discuss : Madagascar, one of the biggest Islands and one of the oldest having split from Africa over 120 million years ago – “With time & isolation its animals have adapted to take advantage of every available niche – the Island has some 250,000 species, most found nowhere else on earth” – How is it that he manages to be some damn eloquent..
Our first port of Call is the Lemur, from a single ancestor around 100 different types evolved – the largest of which is the Indri. (Whom we met in Attenborough’s 2011 mini-series ‘Madagascar’)
Could they possibly be any more adorbale?
We see the smaller and more curious ‘Ring-Tailed’ Lemurs. Attenborough actually had a pet lemur for over a decade, one that was injured when it was young and couldn’t survive in the wild.
We visit the Volcanic Islands – rivers of molten rock. Some seriously stunning visuals, this series is mindblowing to look at. (and learn)
Lava Lakes – in the last 50 years ten new volcanic islands have been formed – and damn are they mesmerizing. Stoner heaven.
This moment in particular i was quite transfixed by, hot molten lava flowing off the cliff into icy water.
We visit Fernandina (one of the Galapagos Islands) young and still active its a desolate place . The surrounding sea however is particularly rich with life – nearly every frame in this series looks like a HD postcard.
Home to one of the strangest of reptiles : ‘Sea-going’ Marine Iguana’s – these are man-sized reptiles. Wow.
They’re vegetarians but since there’s little food for them on the land they graze on the sea-floor – a fully grown one can dive up to 30 meters and hold its breath for up to half an hour – they were pretty fascinating to watch.
There are more than 7,000 individuals on Fernandina alone – they seem to enjoy a spot of sunbathing.
Next we have the one that made the whole world shout at their TV and rally together for the epic chase between a new-born marine iguana and a whole loada snakes.
Some turtles (a happi hippi favourite).
Attenborough comments that since the last series (for those unaware there was a full decade between the filming and release of the first season on Planet Earth and the second). He tells us “Our planet has changed and never have these wildernesses been as fragile and as precious as they are today” as with all of BBC’s nature documentary they are both informative, educational and also raise awareness about our ever-changing ecosystems.
We’re shown some inspiring and thought-provoking images of life, even in the harshest of conditions, finding a way.
We’ve some familiar faces creeping about in such gloriously HD episodes.. (I’m aware that some of these pages take awhile to load as there content heavy when it comes to the high quality GIFs, but I’d rather have you guys wait a minute than put in blurry, pixelated sub-standard GIFs to the posts, so bare with me on this!
This weeks installation ends with some idyllic imagery.
As usual each episode is completely captivating – if you havent already seen season one then get on it straight away – if you have then enjoy the new episode weekly – this was “Islands” and next week is “Mountains”.