Jim Miller has been very generous and donated his The Lost Worlds DVD set to NASC. By purchasing them here you will not only support Jim’s and Stewart McPherson’s efforts of documenting these great plants, but you will also support NASC in saving Sarracenia sites in the United States. The two DVD discs are 120 minutes in total length.
The Lost Worlds documentary took over two years in the making. Over 10,000 images were shot during a series of expeditions to the legendary Lost Worlds of Venezuela. These are gigantic table mountains (tepuis) that tower over the surrounding rain forest. The most famous of these is Mount Roraima, the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel, The Lost World (first published in 1912). Although no dinosaurs were ever discovered on Mount Roraima or any of the other massive tepuis, the photographs taken during the expeditions are, in many cases, the first of their kind. From the summits of the table mountains there are breathtaking vistas all around, while each tepui revealed new and exciting habitats — ecosystems that evolved independently from each other over millions of years. Thus each tepui has its own specialized flora and fauna, which includes a number of carnivorous plants. In particular, the expedition captured images of beautiful Heliamphora species (Marsh Pitchers) many of which have never been seen before!
DVD One is narrated by Stewart McPherson and tells the story of Roraima and the Guiana Highlands, which have rightfully been called the most inaccessible places on the planet. Culled from the thousands of images shot during the course of the explorations, every photograph on this disc is amazing and the final product took nearly nine months to complete. Documentary specialist Jim Miller, who is well known among long-time CP lovers for his lifelong studies of native U.S. insectivorous plants, has crafted a spectacular program that is beautifully complemented by an original soundtrack composed specifically for this project by composer and pianist Eric Genuis and performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. As a bonus, there’s an additional eight-minute video with a score by Hearts of Space recording artist Constance Demby.
As if that were not enough, DVD Two, titled The Image Bank, is a mind-blowing collection of photographs that document the unique habitats and awe-inspiring vistas of the Guiana Highlands, as well as individual chapters on each genus of carnivorous plant that are native to this region. It concludes with an eight-minute composition by Eric Genuis for string orchestra and mixed choir that’s guaranteed to leave you spellbound.
The DVD set is avaliable here at the special NASC price of $26.00. To purchase or if you have questions about the DVD set, please contact Sheila Stewart, Treasurer. Please send a reminder email if there is no reply after 48 hours.