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18 - Focus on Nature

Episode Summary

Philippe Henry is concerned with the fate of nature and its inhabitants.  This photographer’s camera has captured some astonishing images that illustrate the beauty of nature and the fragility of the animal kingdom.


Philippe HenryPhilippe Henry has always been captivated by the beauty of nature and the complexities of the animal world. The way Philippe Henry’s lens captures animals makes us see them in a whole new light: majestic, astonishing, touching and sometimes even disturbing. Brown bears in Iceland; alligators in Brazos Bend State Park in Texas; wild swans in Finland … all these animals and many others have paraded before this photographer. Always discreet in his wildlife observations, he even managed to spend an entire week living with a family of moose in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Literally consumed by his passion, he doesn’t think twice about venturing recklessly into the most dangerous situations just so he can get as close as he can to reality. Sometimes to the point of risking his own life, like the time he crossed paths with a hungry alligator that pounced on him: “I got off a volley, a dozen or so shots, before I extricated myself just as its jaws snapped shut … on empty space!” It’s no picnic being a wildlife photographer! And believe it or not, it was his nephew who had asked him for a book of pictures on alligators!

Philippe HenryAfter a journey at the Parc national de la Gaspésie, in Québec, Philippe Henry will happily return to Texas to visit the alligators at Brazos Bend State Park. This documentary is a unique occasion to follow him in this adventure and to gain privileged access to this much-maligned yet little-understood animal. Through the commentaries of biologists, we learn of the vulnerability of this creature that once lived side by side with the dinosaurs.

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