Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
For this is what the LORD says— he who created the heavens, he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says:
“I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
-Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 45:18, Psalm 72:19
In this the final installment are my favourite shots from episodes 10 and 11:
Episode 10, Seasonal forests: The taiga forest (top left) in Siberia contains a third of the trees on earth. The lynx (top right) lives in the taiga, as does the Amur leopard (bottom left). This Amur leopard is one of the 40 or so left in the wild, and is seen here feeding on a carcass of some herbivore that froze to death.
Episode 11, Ocean deep: The whip coral (bottom right) was filmed on an extinct volcano 1 mile underwater.
The remaining three episodes shift their focus to conservation issues, and are packaged under the title Planet Earth: The Future.
In episode 12, Saving species, one of the questions they ask is, “Should we be pouring money into wildlife conservation when people are dying?” They didn’t give a clear answer. See the next paragraph for a possible reason why.
Episode 13, Into the wilderness, ponders the question of wilderness. (Watching Planet Earth, it was refreshing to note that there were no people and little to no signs of human activity in the locations the crews filmed in.) In many parts of the world, people are encroaching into wildlife habitats. They ask if population growth is solely to blame, or if other factors such as consumerism play a part. (Sidenote: Find out what they truly think at the Optimum Population Trust website—troubling stuff.)
I’m still yet to watch episode 14, Living together. There’s a bit on it about Kenya, and apart from that, I may never get the motivation to set aside 1 hour of my life for it.
I’m glad a bunch of atheists produced a wonderful documentary series from which I learned new facts I could use to impress my friends, such as geographic features that can be seen from space (the taiga forest, the Himalayan glaciers, the Sahara, and I forget what else). I got to see a lot of male animals fighting each other for the right to breed, and a lot of female animals making tremendous sacrifices for their offspring. I also saw more scenes of predation, and arctic foxes than I cared to see.
Most of all I’m thankful for the reminder of just how wonderful God’s creation is, and how praiseworthy He is for having made it all and for His continued sustenance of nature.