Heyy, you might remember that a longgg time ago I asked you for a good Sir David Attenborough quote for my tattoo and I’ve finally got it! Thank you so much for the help! :D
Please paint a picture of David Attenborough sitting proudly atop a great white shark which has somehow evolved legs and is winning the men’s 400 metre hurdles having eaten the other athletes.
Well, this is just precious.
A year or two ago I made a comic about David Attenborough, who’s been such an inspiration to so many of us naturalists.
My friend Kiley is one such naturalist. He’s an amazingly knowledgeable and dedicated herpetologist (someone who studies reptiles and amphibians) and an all-around great person. I met him about five years ago. He took me under his herp-wings (marginal scutes?) and taught me a ton about wildlife.
These days we live far away from each other, so we call and sometimes send presents. Yesterday I got a poster tube in the mail. It had a note on it, which you can read in the second picture. In the third picture, you’ll see what was inside the tube. It made my
Kiley has worked with the Orianne Society, an amazing organization named after a young girl who begged her dad to help save snakes. Seriously. If you love animals, check ‘em out.
David Attenborough’s Galapagos - Episode 1
This 52 minute documentary explores the inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands with David Attenborough. Contains some fantastic footage!
Narwhals are known as the “unicorns of the sea” because of their incredible tusks. But does anyone know why they have this extraordinary appendage?
David Attenborough - Life
Life is a nature documentary series that takes an in depth look into the reality of the natural world. Each episode tackles an area of the animal kingdom, ranging from creatures of the deep to mammals.
Although this body of work may seem irrelevant to my own, their is reason behind my choice to study Attenborough’s documentaries. With camera’s and technology being so advanced today, and me not having access to a local zoo, and not having the funds to go out of town, I decided the closest I would get to life drawing animals would be to watch a series such as ‘Life’.
I chose the ‘Life’ series particularly, because it is renowned for it’s high quality shots and also it’s exploration of many different animals. I want to find an animal best suited to being Rinzen’s companion, and although I have already explored creatures such as bears and deer, I think it would be a good idea to touch upon some other fauna, just to check and solidify my decision.
I was not disappointed by the series at all, as always David Attenborough’s calming voice made a nice background to my peaceful life drawing sessions. Whilst drawing I felt I expanded my knowledge of the creatures I was studying and learnt behavioral elements that would eventually help me narrow down my choices.
The series managed to create interest around animals that most people would never consider to be fascinating, and had some surprising facts thrown in as well, even with the ‘Plants’ episode I was left feeling curious and with a strong desire to roam the countryside exploring, accompanied by my new found knowledge.
Not only this but the plants episode help me better understand the ‘actions’ of these strange living things, aiding the design of my character Rinzen and her magical plant based arm. The episode almost gave the plants a personality and showed how a seemingly calm area of nature is in fact a vicious battle for life.
A really nice review on an epic series. A must watch!
Photo by Nadav Kander
Happy Birthday David Attenborough!
Patriarch of wildlife TV Sir David Attenborough turns 88-years-old today.
Happy 88th Birthday to the great David Attenborough.
Happy 88th birthday to the increasingly wonderful Sir David Attenborough! Please don’t ever stop being excited by the natural world.
Celebrate with some of his favourite moments:http://bbc.in/1kSjrCb via BBC
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Happy 88th Birthday David Attenborough b. 8th May 1926
The remote and lonely beach where I first saw a Komodo dragon, ten feet long, stalking imperiously across the sand, now receives several boatloads of visitors every day. The tropical swamps in northern Australia filled with magpie geese are now part of a national park and queues of visitors file into the caves to see the ancient rock paintings that I was lucky enought to photograph for the first time.
From the seventies onwards, the films had reasonable technical competence. As I look at them now, lined up on a shelf, I like to think that they give a fair and comprehensive picture of how the natural world was and how human beings viewed it during the second half of the twentieth century. Maybe in another fifty years they will be valued as records of some species that have by then disappeared. I hope not.
But I did not make them because I had premonitions of impending eco-disaster. I did so because I know of no pleasure deeper than that which comes from contemplating the natural world and trying to understand it.
- David Attenborough, Life on Air, 1997