You’re familiar with the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, right? So let me ask you this: if a picture is worth so many words, what about a documentary that is full of millions of pictures? How many words it that worth?
I was recently introduced to Louis Schwartzburg, a photographer and cinematographer who has been shooting time lapse photography for more than 30 years. His photography projects put him in nature for extended amounts of time, allowing him to capture nature in a way most of us could never see without his help. One of these projects, a documentary called Wings of Life, is absolutely incredible.
The film is narrated by Meryl Streep, who assumes the identity of a flower and tells a story about the essential role that pollinators, such as bees, hummingbird, butterflies and bats, the so called “wings of life,” play in their reproduction. Through Schwartzburg’s photography, it illustrates that without flowers we would have no fruit, and without fruit we would have far fewer choices of things to eat.
As the story comes to an end, it cautions us that if we continue to use pesticides, remove natural habitats and take pollinators for granted, that it will jeopardize our food supply.
This is a concept that I’ve talked about on my blog before, and one that has been in the news with increasing frequency over the years, due mainly to colony collapse disorder. CCD is thought to be responsible for declining bee populations. But watching the incredible cinematography work in this film reminds me that sometimes, the best way to convey a message is by showing and not telling.
So in honor of Earth Day, I encourage you to watch this documentary and experience for yourself the incredible role pollinators play in our survival. If you have children, I also suggest watching it with them, so that from a young age they understand how incredible nature is, and how important it is to respect and protect it.
I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Note: The easiest way to watch Wings of Life is through Netflix – but you can also rent or purchase it through Amazon.