This movie has forever changed the way I view pollinators and most of all, flowers. Narrated by Meryl Streep, it is voiced from the Flowers themselves as a message to all of us. The story about love, between pollinators and flowers, between the earth and humanity and between you and I. After receiving Wings of Life to review, I took a look outside and could only think of one thing – What can I do?
Wings of Life takes you on the journey of the pollinators: Hummingbirds, Bats, Bumble Bees, Honeybees and the Monarch Butterflies. You fly with them, see as they see, watch as they dance and spread the seeds of life across the barren desserts, lush rainforest and even here in American backyards. The visuals are quite frankly, unbelievable. Imagine being able to see a Hummingbird’s wings, which can flap up to 200 beats per second, or a flower pushing up through the earth, blossoming towards the sun and swaying in motion. I have never seen anything like it and I’m not likely to forget it for the rest of my life. It is that stunning.
“I’ve been filming time lapse flowers, continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 35 years. To watch them move is a dance I will never get tired of. Their sensual beauty immerses us with color, smell, taste and touch. Yet, like most of us, I took for granted the miraculous romance between flowers and pollinators—a synergy that, in fact, keeps this planet alive. The beauty of their relationship compelled me to film their behavior. Who could resist? It truly is the ultimate love story, for it nourishes the very essence of life.” – Director Louie Schwartzberg
Most people don’t realize what role pollinators have in the grand scheme of life, or flowers for that matter. After the film I went outside and thought about what I would lose if it weren’t for the Honeybees and Bumble Bees that live close by.
My neighbors and I would lose our gardens; towns and cities would lose vital vegetables and fruits if it weren’t for the pollinators. Wings of Life shows how even the most scientifically advanced gardens that manufacture the produce that you purchase at the grocery store, is still pollinated by Bees. Our lives depend on their survival. Something so small that we would have never realized what great role they played in our own lives.
In fact, after the film I also felt guilty about pulling up the Milkweeds in my old yard. I had no idea the huge importance Milkweed’s had on the survival of Monarch Butterflies. That they are the ONLY plant that Monarch’s lay their eggs on, the only plant that their young eat to grow and carry on their entire generation. How many of us out there don’t know about the importance of that weed in our yards? That every Spring the Monarch Butterflies travel between Mexico and Canada pollinating thousands of plants along the way. These amazing creatures are simply phenomenal and all they need to survive is a very simple weed.
I just wanted to say that I am personally really proud of the St. Louis Zoo and the Florissant Community Garden for their support of pollinators, community gardens, recreating natural habitats and the education of generations to come on the importance of gardening and taking care of our eco-system. They recently received a grant from Pollinators/Art/Urban Agriculture/Society/and the Environment (PAUSE) project for $200,000, which will allow for design and implementation of pollinator gardens and habitat sculptures to be placed in the Florissant garden! Of course that is where I live so I figure all those bees that eat my pears will have a place to go!
There are things you can do to help the flowers and their pollinators as well.
- You can start out by watching a slideshow where the beautiful flowers tell you themselves how you can help in your cities and neighborhoods.
- You can also get your kids involved by creating fun crafts to show your support by clicking the image below!
DisneyNature’s Wings of Life on Blu-ray Combo comes out on April 16th, 2013. You can pre-order right now on Amazon for $27.99!
I received a copy of the film for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.