Mind Blown - I couldn't believe it. These seemingly simple butterflies from my youth, insects I had taken for granted and assumed were just permanent fixtures of Ontario's landscape, were in fact heroes of the insect Kingdom.
How, what looked like no more than an orange piece of paper folded in half, could fly from Canada all the way down to a specific mountain in Mexico, year after year, several generations between them, blew my mind.
Are Monarch Butterflies Poisonous?
Don't eat the Monarchs!
Photography Credit:Lincoln Brower
[right:image:23890][/]How do you start something that seems impossible to finish? An unsupported, 2,800 km paraglider journey across the US? In one season!? 'Yeah right!' I thought, slowly packing my bag, just one meter north of US/Mexico border. Who was I kidding? My 1200 km Canadian Rockies journey took almost two months and was less than half that distance! And besides, these desert bumps in southern Arizona are no Rocky Mountains. Not only have I never flown in this type of environment, I've never BEEN in this type of environment. Lizards, rattle snakes and wind so strong it'll blow your hair right off. Welcome to southern Arizona. Welcome to me, tricking my mind into stumbling out the perceived impossible. [show:image:23833] [c]'Break the big mission down into small missions'[/c] [right:image:23832]'Break the big mission down into small missions', advice from the great Will Gaad and something I employ every day, even when feeling overwhelmed at the grocery store. But now, I'm so bewildered that I've broken it down again, again and again until I've reached the simplest of tasks: Breath in, check. Breath out, check. Am I getting anywhere? Years of dreaming, research and phone calls to sponsors, reassuring them that I could really do this has all come down to this single, finite, moment. Now the only one left to convince is myself. Breath in. Breath out. Smile for the camera. Walk forward... Ben [group:image:23891][/][group:image:23717][group:image:23888][/][group:image:23856][group:image:23874][group:image:23834][group:images:23833]
Check out this captivating nature documentary about the majestic Monarch Butterfly. There are many more out there, but this is a great place to start your journey of amazement. (NOTE: Low resolution, but High awesome-factor! See HQ version below if outside US) [show:video:511] [b]NOVA/PBS:[/b] The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies Higher Quality Version of same Documentary (Not viewable in the US and possibly elsewhere. Tested in Mexico.) [show:video:512] [b]NOVA/PBS:[/b] The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies Reference:[url=https://www.pbs.org/video/nova-the-incredible-journey-of-the-butterflies/]PBS[/url] (Official Page)
Adventuring into the heart of Africa, a paraglider instigates a young man's potentially deadly quest to release the weight of poverty, social taboos and self doubt, and take to the skies. In doing so, the traveler is confronted with unsettling truths about his own racial and cultural identity.
In a country where no one flies, two friends can inspire a nation by putting everything on the line.
Fly along as Benjamin Jordan sets a new World Distance Record (10,000 km) as he crosses Canada by Powered Paraglider. Along the way, you will land at summer camps and inspire thousands of children, while raising funds to send less fortunate ones to summer camp next year! The 71 minute, Documentary Feature contains 15 chapters chronicling the epic successes and failures of this unprecedented journey. Each chapter focuses on a unique aspect of Canadian geography, culture and the exact mix of team-work and blind optimism required to pull off such a daring stunt. Since it's release in 2010, A Canadian Dream (formerly "DREAM") has screened in theatres world-wide and, through it's proceeds, has allowed almost 100 children, from low-income homes, the opportunity to attend summer camp.Watch Now..