Grasslands watched, coming up: cities

While I wait to begin my year of movies, I now watch the TV show Planet Earth II, and today’s episode was called Grasslands.

First of all, I am a little biased in favor of this episode. I love grasses, it is what I study as a botanist, and I want everyone else to see how amazing and important these plants are. And Planet Earth shows this very well.

This grasslands episode explains how many creatures depend on grass, and how difficult that can be with grass being a seasonal plant. They showed some incredible footage of storms and rain on the Russian steps and in spite of this, I now want to visit these steps and look at the grasses. Even more than before.

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Saiga Antelopes (Saiga tatarica)

They showed an animal living on these steps called Saiga Antelopes (Saiga tatarica) and they look like aliens. I would not have been surprised to see these animals in a sci-fi adventure. This is a good example of cool and exiting animals that are threatened. And another good reason to travel to the steps.

The whole episode is worth watching just for these beauties.

There were also many other species featured, and with loving care, humor and knowledge, their behaviors were explained and shown.

The sounds of nature were again a great help in getting the feeling of being there, of seeing it with my own eyes.

Again the narration is great and I turned up the volume, just to hear it even better.

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Screen-grab from reindeer migration hour-by-hour live on TV and website of NRK.

The episode even showed some migrating caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), and if you wish to see more of a similar nature, there is currently a showing of slow TV at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) website of reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) migration. It is a few days of live broadcasting of reindeer moving through the landscape (and what a beautiful landscape) in northern Norway. Only accompanied by the occasional music, and some of the music is Sami.

And if you’ve seen the grasslands episode of Planet Earth II, you must have discovered the beauty of grass. I hope.

Tomorrow I will watch the last episode of Planet Earth 2 called Cities. Here is a little sneak peak. Looks very promising.

Photo at the top of the post was taken by Niraj GawandOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Original photo. It shows a Black Buck wandering in the grassland of Velavdara, Gujrat, India.

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