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A Few Of Nature’s Wonders

October 10, 2010

If you guys don’t know already, I’m in love with nature. Spending time outdoors, and watching films of nature are some of my favorite things to do. I want to share clips of three of the most amazing things I’ve seen caught on film.

Coming in first place would probably be the Clark’s Grebe courtship dance. It’s breathtaking, and between the music and his wonderful narrating, David Attenborough captures it perfectly.  I’ve spent many hours sitting beside lakes, watching the ducks.  One of the best ways to spend an afternoon is to buy a loaf of bread, sit along the bank, and feed the ducks.  Where I live, once the Mallard ducks discover that you have bread, they surround you from all sides and start quacking up a storm.  These are technically grebes, not ducks, but they’re very similar.  Grebes are less fearful, and when in danger, tend to dive underwater instead of taking flight.

I’d award second place to the weedy sea dragon, which is one of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. If you sit and think about it, living life as a sea dragon doesn’t sound all that bad. Your tiny brain wouldn’t comprehend the vast universe you’re living within. The only thing two things you’d be conscious of is the magical underwater world you see all around you, swaying back and forth in rhythmic tranquility, and your lover, who drifts alongside you through the paradise. As you look upward, you’d see the sun’s rays piercing the water’s edge, almost like a shimmering aurora display.

Prior to watching the Life series, I had never seen a flying fish. When cornered by predators, these fish take to the skies, using their tail fins as launch propellers.

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