The Most Beautiful Nature Film: Microcosmos

Last August, I had the pleasure of watching a good portion of a very strange film with my father as he struggled to recover from prostate cancer surgery. Unfortunately, he was among the 1 in 50 who have complications with their intestines “waking up” after surgery. It was difficult to sleep and he’d eaten almost nothing for 9 days. Update: My father did recover although there have been challenges.

One of the reasons I rushed home to Missouri from Bloomington was to encourage my dad to not lose hope of recovery–that he still has work to do pursuing a lifelong vision of his in writing on a Christian view of ecology. Dad is a (mostly) retired biology professor with a special interest in lakes and streams and cave ecology.

As you can probably guess, the film is a nature documentary of sorts, but it’s also simply a work of art. It’s called Microcosmos. It’s weird…and you will love it if you are a child at heart. It wasn’t long before the nurse was crowding in next to two of my nephews to see what in the world we were watching…

If you want to get right to the epic battle between the two stag beetles, skip to 58:40. Check on Netflix for other options.

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? (Job 12:7-9)

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