The Man Who Planted Trees

Though I had my sights set on visiting the edge of Lake Michigan to look for ice floes this morning, my long walk led me instead to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  I am grateful that the bridges to the beach were blocked because it gave me the opportunity to explore this delightful museum!  Tucked back in their exhibit on trees was a cozy alcove where a short movie called The Man Who Planted Trees was playing.  It tells the story of a man named Elzeard Bouffier, a solitary shepherd who devotes himself to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France.  Above is just an excerpt but visit here if you would like to watch it in its entirety.  If you would prefer to read the story written by Jean Giono visit here (it will open a pdf file).   The story is remarkable.  The animation – as you can see – is uncommon.  Lovely and quiet.

 

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