“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by…” If we take the words of Robert Frost’s famous poem a bit literally (while ignoring the hidden metaphor), most of us, sadly, have taken the ‘road most traveled by’! And it has been tread upon so severely and so often that this particular path sees no evidence of its former beauty, of its previous flora or fauna which graced its surroundings. We have spent the majority of our years living in tiny flats and navigating endless traffic on crowded roads and never got the chance to see the raw beauty of nature. Now, we cannot do much about it, apart from packing our bags and going on a hike or a road trip every now and then. But there is another way out. We can indulge ourselves in watching nature-focused films and documentaries. Although this experience is virtual, it still manages to fill that huge, ocean-shaped void in our hearts. With that said, here’s the list of really good nature documentaries on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
12. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
‘Encounters at the End of the World‘ features renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as he embarks on a fascinating journey to the remotest corners of Antarctica. He introduces us to the spectacular landscapes hidden within the icy depths of the continent. There, Herzog also documents the activities at the McMurdo Station, US’s largest Antarctic research center, where a team of dedicated researchers risks everything and studies the region’s diverse wildlife, amidst harsh conditions, thousands of miles away from civilization.
11. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
Yet another documentary that features Werner Herzog, ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams‘ revolves around the Chauvet Cave in France, a natural wonder. Not only this, it is also a heritage site that houses the world’s oldest surviving paintings. And in order to ensure that the art is not damaged by frequent human interference, visitors are allowed to enter the cave only every 14 days annually. Herzog and his crew avail this rare chance and film these 30,000-year-old paintings. Shot in 3D, the film includes interviews with a number of scientists and historians. The documentary additionally gives you a glimpse of the Pont d’Arc natural bridge which is located nearby.
10. Chasing Coral (2017)