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The many talents of John Hurt (1940–2017) included a very unique, authoritative and warm narration voice that  graced ma...
01/28/2017

The many talents of John Hurt (1940–2017) included a very unique, authoritative and warm narration voice that graced many powerful documentaries about space and time, namely the long format episodes in the "The Expanding Universe" series. His one of a kind storytelling talent and his memorable narration voice will be greatly missed. #johnhurt

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10/05/2016

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07/23/2016
Ly Olay Ale Loya

One of the most beautiful of native chants called Ly O Lay Ale Loya (Counter Clockwise Circle Dance) has inspired a new composition and a native american themed closure for the episode 1 of the River Herring Migration Series; an exclusively natural history and animal behavior driven film, currently in post production.

Drama and life history of 3 veteran female herrings who are given native american names of Anemey (superior), Imala (strong minded) and Wyanet (legendary beauty) are tracked from the depth of the Atlantic to streams few inches deep and back out to see.

We thought it would be only appropriate for the wisdom drawn from Native Americans' way of life to grace a powerful and moving closure for the film, reflecting on the eventful lives of the three fish and their place in the natural world. A text is written specifically for the end of the film and will be performed in native american custom by Mr. Gene Williams.

The rest of the episodes are re-edited and shortened and the whole set will be released in HD after submission to wildlife and natural history festivals. Stay tuned for details of the release at the end of the year.

Take a listen to Circle Dance (Ly-o-Lay Ale Loya), the inspiration for the River Herring Migration's episode 1 closing. The clip or editing is NOT by illuminating minds media and not associated with our channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXwC0YBRAjw
#LyoLayAleLoya, #NativeAmericans, #circledance, #counterclockwisecircledance, Herrings, Natural History

Tatanka (Luis e Manuel - gruppo Ecuadoriano a Rimini)

04/18/2016
jean michel jarre - oxygene part 4

NATURAL HISTORY IN MUSIC: The album Oxygen composed by the french musician Jean Michael Jarre was released 40 years ago, much to the initial dismay and snubbery of the music industry and critics that very much like today are in the habit of ignoring original works that falls outside their limited range of comprehension or the select band of genre they are characteristically hired to promote and selectively highlight. Publishers refused to publish his work and among some of the most ridiculous reasons cited were "lack of proper titles" and "singers." In time, Oxygen emerged as one of the most inflential electronic albums of all time. The novel use of instruments and technical innovation that shaped its immersive sounds were an accomplishment of their own, but the compositions are rendered far more special for their sonic and thematic connection with the epic themes and the great events of the natural world. The subsequent series of albums, dedicated to earth themes in the style of oxygen; namely that of Magnetic Fields and Equinox followed the same rhythmically precise compositions of great sonic depth and space, but rather ended by the artist without further release of works in the same style. Take a listen to two of his most timeless works:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DDEl7JnWvo and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj7A8SX7ccI Posted by filmmaker Shervin Azad Arya #jeanmichaeljarre #oxygen #earth #soundtrack #electronicmusic

jean michel jarre - oxygene part 4

04/16/2016
La aventura de las plantas. Joel Fajerman.

NATURAL HISTORY IN MUSIC: One of the most beautiful compositions from the golden age of synthesizers comes from a soundtrack of a classic documentary series about the natural history of plants by botanist Jean-Marie Pelt and journalist Jean-Pierre Cuny. The series were released in 1979 and the memorable main theme of the film was composed by musician Joel Fajerman. Take a listen to his imaginative composition called "Flower's Love": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-cshju5Av4 The original series may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZusHosY6as Posted by filmmaker Shervin Azad Arya #joelfajerman #plants #flowerlove #naturalhistory #soundtrack

Porque las flores sienten al notar el roce de tus labios.

The Extinct Giant Cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis)The Giant Cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis), belonged to the same genus as ...
12/10/2015

The Extinct Giant Cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis)

The Giant Cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis), belonged to the same genus as our modern day Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), and probably looked very similar, but it was much bigger. At around 120-150 kgs (265-331lbs), it was as large as an African lioness, and was able to take on larger prey than its delicate modern day counterpart.

The Giant Cheetah was also adapted to fast running, but there’s some debate on whether it could run as fast as the modern Cheetah, due to its larger weight, which, according to some, probably made it somewhat slower. Others, however, have suggested that the Giant Cheetah, having longer legs and bigger heart and lungs, was probably able to run as fast, or even faster, than the cheetah does today – that’s over 115 kph (72mph)!

The Giant Cheetah lived in Europe and Asia (from Germany and France to India and China) during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs; it went extinct during the last Ice Age. Due to its living in colder environments than modern day Cheetahs, it is possible that the Giant Cheetah had longer fur and perhaps a lighter coloration.

#naturalhistory, #extinct, #giantcheetah

11/26/2015
Watch: Secret Video Shows Baby Turkeys Ground Up Alive by Butterball

Extreme cruelty still rampant in poultry industry and go on unchallenged. Can we not find an alternative to celebrate thankfulness around a meal made of something other than the carcass of an abused and tortured animal?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJovxS9-RTQ #animalcruelty, #vegetarian, #turkey

Hidden-camera video taken by an undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals at Butterball -- the world's largest producer of turkey meat -- shows baby tur...

Currently dramatizing the script of the upcoming documentary we've been working on since 2012 - Benthos Opportunists: A ...
09/10/2015

Currently dramatizing the script of the upcoming documentary we've been working on since 2012 - Benthos Opportunists: A Natural History.

This is an epic tale of enigmatic animals who thrive in toxic laden marine environments which exclude all other animals. We will be taken through a journey of intrigue and drama revealing what happens at the sediment water interface after a major oil spill and how these specialized animals help to improve the environment and pave the way for the succession of diverse marine community that take over after their collapse. #benthos #naturalhistory

09/01/2015
Blanding's Turtle Female Lays her Eggs During a Dark Evening

Watch an endangered Blanding's Turtle lay her eggs in a dark rainy evening. Raw footage from the upcoming natural history documentary " The Blanding's Dilemma." #blandings, #turtles, #reptiles, #wildlife, #naturalhistory, #eggs, #endangeredspecies

09/01/2015
Whistleblower 9: DOT Cutting Down Mature Trees On I-77

Following the previous post about the needless removal of mature trees to create useless public works projects and replace them with landscapes of high maintenance and costs, here is an investigative report by WSOCTV of North Carolina detailing the same issue in North Carolina.

Whistleblower 9: DOT Cutting Down Mature Trees On I-77

This majestic Weeping Willow tree was the first to come out of hibernation each spring and have been an iconic tree of t...
09/01/2015

This majestic Weeping Willow tree was the first to come out of hibernation each spring and have been an iconic tree of the School Street for its imposing height and beauty. A tree that had overlooked the street for over a century was destroyed in half a day.

This month marks a sad day for the city of Somerville in Massachusetts. Some of the oldest and most iconic trees that had overlooked the neighborhood for decades have been cut down by the decision makers at the City of Somerville.

All species were in excellent health, providing not jut shade and incredible energy saving measures for the energy inefficient houses of the neighborhood, but clean up services for the road pollution as well as invaluable wildlife habitat for what's left of the city insects and birds.

It is not to mention, they painted some of the loveliest sights in an otherwise concrete and sterile landscape dominated by roads, cars and antiquated colonial era homes that are among the most energy inefficient in the world.

The fact that we can't make room or tolerate a few of the remaining trees of massive standing in our midst is shameful - to put it mildly.

It is even sadder that no major protests on behalf of any environmental coalition or neighborhood action group offered any major resistance.

This event follows the serial removal of multiple trees in both private and public areas toward the end of August and September in Somerville.

#somerville, #Massachusetts, #trees, #environment, #wildlife, #plants, #boston, #forests, #city, #weepingwillow, #schoolstreet

http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/howmuch.jsp#4 An informative website outlining the effects of mass use of pesticides on the...
08/28/2015
What’s On My Food? :: How Much is Too Much?

http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/howmuch.jsp#4 An informative website outlining the effects of mass use of pesticides on the environment, water and soil as well as the foodweb that includes us. #pesticides, #cancer, #environment, #agriculture, #health, #wildlife

Does eating organic make a difference? When researchers compared the levels of pesticide breakdown products in the bodies of children who eat organic and conventional diets, they found children who eat mostly organic foods carry fewer pesticides in their bodies. The good news is that some of these p…

08/26/2015
Parrots @ End of Summer

Eating the last of the season's watermelons and grapes, parrots of Illuminating Minds Media wish everyone a happy end of summer.

A collection of portraits of storms at sea. All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. #storm, #sea, #ocean,...
08/19/2015

A collection of portraits of storms at sea. All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. #storm, #sea, #ocean, #arts, #portraits, #paintings, #shipwreck, #waves

A collection of portraits of storms at sea. All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. #storm, #sea, #ocean, #arts, #portraits, #paintings, #shipwreck, #waves

08/18/2015
Somatic Division of Capitella teleta cells

Division of somatic cells of Capitella teleta (formerly known as species 1) that will eventually give rise to its organs - From Benthos Opportunists currently in production . #BenthosOpportunists

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. #blackpanther #arts #panther #feline #bigcats
08/11/2015

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. #blackpanther #arts #panther #feline #bigcats

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. #blackpanther #arts #panther #feline #bigcats

#parrots, #art, #paintings #history A depiction of select historical paintings featuring captive parrots and their conne...
08/11/2015

#parrots, #art, #paintings #history A depiction of select historical paintings featuring captive parrots and their connection with humanity.

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners.

#parrots, #art, #paintings #history A depiction of select historical paintings featuring captive parrots and their connection with humanity.

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners.

Illuminating Minds Media wishes to thank Dr. Kevin Eckelbarger who kindly shared  his remarkable SEM imagery of Capitell...
08/06/2015

Illuminating Minds Media wishes to thank Dr. Kevin Eckelbarger who kindly shared his remarkable SEM imagery of Capitellids for inclusion in the "Benthos Opportunists: A Natural History" documentary. The life and death of these fugitive animals and their mind-bending survival strategies are the subject of an in-depth documentary that we have been working on for 3 years. We are now finishing up the script for the film, to be narrated by biologist David Whitson.

Extinct birds of New Zealand – A diverse menagerie of species lost since arrival of humans 800 years ago. http://blog.te...
07/28/2015
Extinct birds of New Zealand, Part 1 – A diverse menagerie, sadly departed

Extinct birds of New Zealand – A diverse menagerie of species lost since arrival of humans 800 years ago.

http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2015/07/28/extinct-birds-of-new-zealand-part-1-a-diverse-menagerie-sadly-departed/

Few New Zealanders are aware how many bird species have been lost since people first reached New Zealand less than 800 years ago. The number of named extinct species continues to increase, largely due to careful examination of bones from Chatham Island dunes and caves, but is currently 53 species –…

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