Earth’s Natural Wonders just released season 2. I was not a fan of Season 1 which focused more on people in beautiful places than the places themselves. Season 2, however, is incredible.
There are three episodes, all of them wonderful, but especially the first.
Some of the segments include:
- A family in the Arctic Circle travels miles over open frozen sea to dig a hole down under the ice and collect mussels while the tide is out. They have less than half an hour to do this and they are all women.
- Herding yaks 2,000 feet down an almost vertical mountain pass and the yaks are giving birth to babies as they go. One baby becomes injured and must be carried by the herders the rest of the way.
- Firefighters in the Amazon rain forest from a local indigenous population.
- Helicopter cowboys in Australia herding cattle through the Outback.
- Men in the Arctic Circle hunting for mammoth tusks which are unearthed by the melting permafrost.
- Russian reindeer herders on a 5,000 kilometer annual trek to greener pastures.
- Australian Aborigine Park Rangers collecting salt water crocodile eggs for study and preservation.
- Elephant rangers from the African Masai tribe who protect villages from rampaging wild elephants.
- Ethiopian Christians climbing up a sheer mountain rock face to attend church and have their 40 day old infant baptized.
- A Laotian woman collecting bombs left over from the Vietnam War. Some of these bombs are as big as 500 pounds and yes they are active.
I loved this series enough to buy a copy.
10 out of 10 stars. Now on Netflix.
Reviewed by Betsy