Earth, Fire, Water, Iceland
S2 E213 - 26m 48s
Iceland is land of geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and rough-hewn coastlines. Nowhere else on Earth do the four elements collide in such dramatic fashion as in Iceland. Art captures dramatic expressions of the planet’s geomorphology using composition, pattern and light to create a striking portrait of a volatile and dynamic landscape.
Mongolia - Mountain to Steppe
S2 E212 - 26m 40s
Known for its arid steppes, skilled nomadic horsemen and Genghis Khan, a visit to Mongolia feels like a trip back in time. At the annual Naadam Festival, contestants vie to be the victor in wrestling, archery and horseracing. Art Wolfe pursues prehistoric wild horses, rides with a Kazakh tribesman and catches up with nomadic reindeer herders at their summer camp near the Siberian border.
The Making of Travels to the Edge of the Earth
S2 E211 - 26m 48s
Take a behind-the-scenes peek and go along on one of Art Wolfe’s adventures. Meet the small, intrepid Travels crew as they venture through the remote kingdom of Bhutan and Nepal’s lowland wilderness. Follow along on their perilous drive over a high mountain pass; track unpredictable sloth bears; and keep pace with Art at a frenetic Buddhist festival.
The Kingdom of Bhutan
S2 E210 - 26m 41s
Known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan has survived in isolation for more than a thousand years. As this enlightened Buddhist kingdom greets the 21st century, its greatest challenge is to preserve its soul. In episode ten, Art Wolfe finds a photographer’s nirvana of mountainside monasteries, sacred festivals and chanting monks in an environmentally and spiritually progressive nation.
S2 E209 - 26m 41s
Both an ocean oasis and isolated desert, the northern part of the narrow Baja peninsula is home to a surprising variety of plant and animal life. In episode nine, after a voyage on the Sea of Cortez in search of migrating gray whales, Art Wolfe ventures inland through the unforgiving Cataviña desert and discovers a photographer’s playground of light and magical landscapes.
West Asia: Nepal & India
S2 E208 - 26m 48s
Art Wolfe travels by elephant deep into Kipling country in search of the last of the planet’s Bengal tigers. He captures images of mahouts—handlers bound to the elephants they’ve cared for from childhood—as they bathe and tend to their animals. In Nepal, Art encounters exotic wildlife including rare Asian rhinos, elusive sloth bears, and crocodile-like primeval Gharials.
S2 E207 - 26m 48s
New Zealand’s extreme beauty is central to its identity. Here indigenous Maori people see themselves as guardians of the land. Art Wolfe captures portraits of contemporary Maori artists who wear their stories on their faces in the form of sacred tattoos. Then he heads off to the wild South Island to explore the natural history of this pristine and beautifully preserved island nation.
West Africa: Togo and Benin
S2 E206 - 26m 48s
West Africa is the birthplace of Voodoo; in Togo and Benin ancestors commingle with the living. Whether it’s vulture heads for sale at a fetish market or sacred bloodstained altars, Voodoo is always front and center. Art Wolfe visits villages known for their vibrant inhabitants and intense rituals and discovers frenzied trances, powerful masked dances and an extraordinary fire-eating ceremony.
Brazil: The Pantanal
S2 E205 - 26m 48s
The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland and home to one of the densest concentrations of wildlife. It’s a unique place where human activity and wildlife coexist. Here Brazilian cowboys ride herd alongside toothy caimans, giant otters, capybaras, macaws and toucans. Art Wolfe arrives just as the seasonal floods recede and discovers both an ecological paradise and a vibrant cowboy culture.
Antarctic and Falkland Islands
S2 E204 - 26m 48s
It is spring on the Antarctic Peninsula and the frozen wilderness is a veritable nursery for penguins, shore birds and seal pups. In episode four Art Wolfe crosses the infamous Drake Passage—the treacherous body of water south of Cape Horn—to explore the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic coast in search of wildlife and landscapes emblematic of this pristine and unforgiving land.
Sahel to the Sahara
S2 E203 - 26m 48s
Mali is more than the Sahara; it is a place where the Niger River flows past some of Africa’s unique tribal and architectural wonders. Art Wolfe follows the river road to the camouflaged villages of the cliff-dwelling Dogon people, floats downriver to Djenne’s fantastic mud mosque, heads into the desert with nomadic Tuaregs and finally travels on to Timbuktu where he meets up with a camel caravan.
Australia: Arnhemland & the Kimberly
S2 E202 - 26m 48s
Australia’s Northern Territory is an immense, untamed wilderness as brutal as it is beautiful. In episode two, Art Wolfe captures images of rock art intricately painted over thousands of years ago; discovers canyons carved by wind and water; and witnesses an ancient aboriginal dance as he chronicles the connection between the region’s first people and the natural world.
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