Thu May 17th, 2007 at 01:03:46 PM EST
I was innocently yesterday watching "Ushuaia", a TV nature magazine, usually with absolutely wonderful images.
This one was no exception. There were those guys diving inside schools of fishes, being preyed upon (the fishes, not the divers) by birds, sharks, dolphins, or... whales. Until things got a bit hot, sharks nervous, and the divers just had to get out real fast.
The comments were that those schools used to be huge, but at the rate the fishing industry is destroying the oceans, these wonders will just disappear in our lifetime.
Today it was on Arte, there was this crazy Japanese photographer, renting a plane to catch a morning photo of the K2 in the Karakoram chain, at sunrise, when it raises in all its splendor above the earth. The guy obviously is a bit of a mystic, awed by the majesty of this peak.
I then went on a hunt for more images, have a look at this breathtaking view :
Some people do more than travelling from their armchairs : I just finished reading "Latitude zero", by Mike Horn. This guy went alone around the globe, following the equator, walking, sailing, or biking, climbing mount Kenya, through the jungle of the Amazon, across the Pacific, through Borneo. He was close to death a few times, but by far the most dangerous was crossing the R.D. of Congo, trying to avoid being summarily executed by the various war lords.
Somehow I am envious that he saw so much of our planet.
I have been voting left all my life, but I now find myself at a crossroads. I believe the meaningful fights are now those for cultural diversity and biodiversity. We only have this world and this planet, and when we'll be through annihilating peoples and species, it'll be hell.