2015, 30 minutes
We first encounter Stonehenge in the pale mist of an English morning. The large pillar-like rocks stand regal and firm, rising from the dew. Built over the course of more than 1,000 years, Stonehenge is one of the most famous Bronze Age monuments in the world. Approaching slowly over the sun-kissed fields, we see the precise curves of the circle contrasted with the raw bulk of the sandstone and bluestone boulders. We come in closer to examine the pale green and dark brown lichen and moss that covers each boulder. Eventually, as the sun sets in a dramatic array of periwinkle, lavender, and pale yellow, we leave the last existing lintelled stone circle. The silhouetted rocks stand guard as night approaches.
This is one episode of the television series BIG PICTURE EARTH. Inspired by the Walt Whitman poem "There Was A Child Went Forth," this 20 x 30 minute series takes viewers on a visual exploration of the most majestic spaces on the planet, engaging both the detail and the big picture vistas in these spectacular destinations. The series is available for domestic and international audiences via on-demand streaming on CuriosityStream, in 4k resolution (twice that of HD television). The editorial style and pacing is slow and relaxed, constantly moving like a child, like a bird, like a bee. There are no actors, no narration, no music, no spoken words at all.