Yellowstone is no ordinary wilderness, it is the world's first national park and one of the world's last and most spectacular wildernesses.
It is also home to some of the richest wildlife beyond the plains of Africa. Vast panoramas are coupled with intimate close ups as this landmark 3 part series (Summer, Winter & Autumn) reveals the grandeur of this unique place as its animals struggle to survive over the course of three vividly changing seasons.
The daily struggles of the wildlife are intimately linked to Yellowstone's greatest secret: that sleeping right beneath the snow is probably the world's largest volcano.
Following a number of different paths through the world's biggest volcanic caldera and arguably most famous wildlife park, this documentary shows us some of the aspects we don't normally get tosee... the annual life cycles as the seasons pass through the park, from snows through near-drought and back out again, how the resident critters survive the harsh times and take best advantage of the times of plenty. We are also introduced to the human residents, both permanent and seasonal, and how they fit in to the great tapestry that is life in a zone that some scientists say is due to erupt again any time now.
In true doco style, there is so much information presented that you'd be wise to watch it, then give yourself a week or so to absorb and process what sank in, then watch it again to see how much you missed the first time around. For the kids, putting this in easy reach is a must... my eldest found many bits of it utterly fascinating, and even my youngest - at 2yrs old - watched some of the more 'active' segments in awe.
Overall, this is a brilliant reminder of what a fragile world we live in, and how we should be using our powers to reshape the world to help the other life that shares with world with us, rather than feeding our own greedy desire to expand and multiply like an infection. Humanity is the only species that reshapes the world to suit it's desires... this shows us where those desires could be better aligned for the benefit of all life.
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