Planet Earth: Part 2

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels Heav’n can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.

–17th century German hymn

I’m short on blogging ideas and blogging time, so my solution is to stretch out the sole idea I have into a series. Here are my favourite shots from episodes 4, 5, and 6 of Planet Earth.

Gypsum crystals, fennec fox, flat lizard, polar bear, sand crane chick
Gypsum crystals, fennec fox, flat lizard, polar bear, sand crane chick

Episode 4, Caves: In the first row at the top is a formation of gypsum crystals in the Lechuguilla cave in the US. This cave is so spectacular that (1) Planet Earth couldn’t disclose its exact location (to protect it), and (2) It was closed to filming after the Planet Earth crew passed through (to protect it).  Lechuguilla is quite a sight to behold, and I agree with protecting it.

Episode 5, Deserts: Second row left is a fennec fox in the Sahara. Those big ears are for dissipating heat. Second row right is a S. African flat lizard. Males assert themselves by showing off their coloured undersides.

Episode 6, Ice Worlds: Third row left is a female polar bear emerging from hibernation. Instead of walking down the slope, she simply slides. Her cubs follow her lead. Third row right is a recently-hatched sand crane. The sand cranes return to the Arctic during summer to lay their eggs. The chick with the blue sky is just a great shot, don’t you think?