Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Public Service Announcement: Nature! Who Knew? (Everyone, Probably.)

When people are all like, man, nature is cool, I think, yes, it is pretty cool. And maybe I get a mental picture of a mountain or a canyon or a rainbow, all of which are great. But, while they are great, and pretty, and would happily go on trips to see them, I do not get psyched about mountains or canyons or rainbows. I think I've been desensitized by the thousands of photographs I've seen of these things, which is awful, but, it is what it is.  I blame Successories.

In fourth grade, there was an issue of Weekly Reader* that I have still never forgotten, the subject of which was the Mariana Trench and the Things Down There. At that point, we knew a lot less about it, but it was still pretty mind blowing-stuff. I'm interested in the Highest Things (I will read or watch anything that has to do with Mount Everest; ask my husband; ask my Netflix queue), but the Lowest Things are really where it's at. Mystery! Depth! Things we shouldn't be seeing and will never see all of! It is awe-inspring in a way that even the best rainbow will never be. 

 It's like a whole ecosystem that was pulled directly from the nightmares of kindergarteners, and it is HAMAZING. If you haven't watched the BBC series Blue Planet, you really should do yourself a favor and at least watch Episode 2, "The Deep".  It's available on Netflix streaming, so you really have no excuse not to. Unless you don't have Netflix streaming, which, you should. Drop cable, pick up Netflix, save yourself a ton of money and forget what commercials are. It's awesome.
Screenshot stolen from Claire Nouvian's website. Please visit it, so I don't feel so guilty.
And, m'kay, check out this book, The Deep by Claire Nouvian, and take a gander at the gallery on her website. These photos are not only really incredible, but also completely terrifying. Try to ignore the completely obnoxious (and creepy) deep-sea sounds the site plays... I thought my computer was finally surrendering to the great beyond until I realized it was the site. Auto-playing sounds and music on websites! When will you be outlawed? Congress, please get on that.

Sadly, I have no interest whatsoever in donning SCUBA gear, as I would surely manage to die in the stupidest possible way, possibly 8 feet underwater. Thus, I am destined to experience ocean life in 2D for the most part. I have a hankering to go into as many caves as possible though, so I should maybe get a jump on that. Anyone want to teach me how to spelunk?

*I loved Weekly Reader. Like, I can still smell the ink and feel its cheap, pulpy newsprint texture. It was a MAGAZINE, that school BOUGHT us, and all we had to do was a few lame fill-in-the-blanks! I desperately hated making a mistake though, because if you had to erase, the surrounding print would  come off and no matter how gentle you tried to be, you would shred the paper. Oh, the blemished and torn Weekly Reader, oh, the ire and shame!

PS: Thanks for all the support on the 2012 agenda; I'm glad I'm not the only dirty hermit in blogland. Also, will make sincerest effort to blog with greater frequency- have a few projects nearly completed that I will be blathering on about in the most excited way. Also, thank you for reading the blather in the first place, let alone being willing to read more!


Melissa said...

The things you come across on the internet! That ping-pong tree sponge in the gallery is very cool but many of them are pretty scary.

Loved, LOVED Weekly Reader! We always got them on Fridays and I'd get so excited for something different to read.

Pixie said...

Ohhh I'm with you, in the deep! Swimming in the sea is one of my favourite things to do, and I am going to learn how to scuba dive one day. I am I am. I've been a bit of a blog hermit too, I'm trying to remedy that. I will if you will. Thanks for the links.

ann said...

Oh I have my SCUBA certification. Since then have I ever SCUBA dived (dove???) Nope, too freakin' expensive. I also live on the Great Lakes in Canada so only a few months of diveable(?) weather and not as interesting as all those salt water places. Thanks for the links Lauren---I thought wee Jamie Frazer was having his way with you what with you disappearing through the stones and all.

Caitlin said...

...HAmazing!.... :)

Shea said...

Ok. Fact: I haven't even finished reading your post, but as soon as I read "I blame Successories," I was laughing so much that I had to scroll down and click on the comment link.

Now that I've settled down a bit, I will go back and read the rest of the post.

Oh, Successories.