Spring is here. Nature is blooming in its full glory and inviting us to connect to Mother Earth in whatever ways feel good. That might mean embracing camping season, finding a sit spot, embarking on a nature documentary marathon – or all the above. Today we’re exploring the latter option.
With this week’s release of Planet Earth III – we’re excited, to say the least. There’s no need to elaborate on the epic-ness that is Sir David Attenborough and his body of work. His oh-so-comforting voice and deep passion for the natural world have inspired millions. His documentaries have led us to unimaginable corners and unfathomable animals. Here are a few of our personal favourites…
1. Planet Earth (2006)
An 11-part mini series, Planet Earth was a game-changer. Filming took a whole five years, and (at the time) it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned. It was also the first to be filmed in HD. Each episode features a specific habitat or Biome, revealing the stunning diversity of our planet’s every corner. From the Arctic to deep sea, this is one of my personal favourites, and an absolute masterpiece.
2. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)
This one… is a little tougher to watch. This nature documentary essentially reflects Attenborough’s witness statement to the current state of the Earth, in terms of human-caused climate change. It shares an overview of his life (all 93 years), his concerns for the environment, and hopes for the future. Through footage of his career and key moments of interaction with animals, he looks at how the planet has changed over his lifetime. Some of the numbers, stats and images are shocking – to say the least. Yet David delicately balances grim truths, with a strong message of hope. We’re reminded it’s not too late to preserve our earth.
3. The Year the Earth Changed (2021)
This unique nature documentary explores how the coronavirus lockdowns not only impacted humans, but the lives of the creatures around us. A symbol of hope – this film provides both positive insights into how the pandemic gave nature time to heal and transform. It also reflected how even the tiniest of shifts to human behaviour will have a profound impact.
4. Life On Earth (1979)
For a throwback, this thirteen-part nature documentary is pretty special. Although tour world has changed since this nature documentary was made back in 1979, David Attenborough’s gorgeous spirit and infectious passion for nature remains incredibly inspiring. Generally recognised as one of his most iconic series, this one follows the origins of life on earth, from the first cells to the plants and animals that now exist throughout the world.
5. The Life of Birds (1998)
Another great throwback. Focused on the avian world, this documentary showcases the incredible diversity of birds, their behaviours, and habitats. Whether you’re into birds or not, younger David Attenborough’s enthusiasm is infectious. Plus, from courtship rituals to huge migrations, we can guarantee you’ll see something new.
6. Hippos: Africa’s River Giants (2019)
My partner and I recently discovered this this animal exploration, which was part of Natural World Series. How much do you know about hippos, really? They’re remarkable! Visually stunning as always, this film provides close up insights of Africa’s river giants. It’s essentially hippo reality TV. You’ll witness them quietly carving out major rivers, impulsively fighting with enemies (and each other), and fiercely protecting their young.
Feeling the nature buzz? Why not take a trip up to our home – the wonderful Blue Mountains Region? Better yet, pop in for a stay with us!
Nisha is a freelance writer and Vedic astrologer, based in the magical Byron Hinterlands. As well as running her candle business, her life and loves involve: yoga, gardening and all things esoteric. You’ll find her out in nature, or curled up at home with a good book. Happy Buddha is one of her most treasured places on earth (and indeed where she met her fiancé!).