National Geographic Reminds Us Why It Is the Perfect Time to Head ‘Into the Forest’ [REVIEW]

Green trees
Trees are nature’s history keepers. (Photo courtesy Canva)

As adults, I think we forget about the magic of trees. When we are children, we scale them to touch the sky, lay beneath them to dream, and build houses in their branches to plan epic adventures. Yet as life goes on, they can blend in with the wallpaper of our lives. But in Susan Tyler Hitchcock’s new book from National Geographic, Into the Forest, she teaches us about the secret language of trees and how extraordinary they really are.

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National Geographic’s ‘Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish’ Invites Us to Marvel at These Deep-Water Dwellers [REVIEW]

Pale Octopus
Common Name: Pale Octopus, Scientific Name: Octopus pallidus, Size: mantle is 4.5 inches long, Notes:  near Sorrento, Victoria, Australia (Photo by David Liittschwager)

Maybe it is because they look like alien beings from another world, but I have always loved watching marine life like octopuses with their stretchy, squishy bodies; dainty seahorses covered with bony plates; and translucent jellyfish that propel themselves through the water by contracting their umbrella-shaped bells. In National Geographic’s forthcoming book, Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish, we get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.

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Let Dan Buettner’s ‘The Blue Zones Challenge’ Be Your Catalyst for Change [REVIEW]

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Achieve a healthier, happier life with The Blue Zones Challenge. (Photo courtesy Canva)

We all want to live longer, especially in today’s day and age when just waking up the next day seems like an accomplishment. But what’s the secret to a long, healthy life? Dan Buettner has spent the past 20 years interviewing centenarians around the globe, looking for the answer to that question. The result is that he located the world’s Blue Zones, five areas with the greatest concentration of these individuals. In his previous books, he shared his findings with us. Now, with The Blue Zones Challenge, he is ready to teach all of us how to change, improve, and hopefully even lengthen our lives in just four weeks!

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National Geographic’s ‘Wild Seas’ Fills Us with Awe [REVIEW]

Marine Iguana (Photo courtesy Thomas Peschak Photography, Facebook)

I am amazed when I talk to people who have never been to the ocean. Then again, I have always felt like a product of the sea myself. From my childhood in Southern California to my time working in Massachusetts as an adult, the sea has beckoned to me like a siren. I love the feel of the sand underfoot and the waves on my toes. Even the briny scent of ocean air is heady to me. But most of all, I am fascinated by the creatures that live beneath the surface in all their technicolor splendor, whether they are breathtakingly beautiful or look like something out of the Alien movies. I love them all, which is exactly why I think everyone needs a copy of photographer Thomas Peschak’s stunning new book, Wild Seas. In it, he captures our imagination with 200 unforgettable photographs you need to see to believe.

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Discover Epic New Ski Runs in National Geographic’s ‘100 Slopes of a Lifetime’ [REVIEW]

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Strap on your skis and prepare for adventure with National Geographic’s 100 Slopes of a Lifetime. (Photo courtesy Canva)

If you’ve ever been skiing, whether you were learning on the bunny slopes or flying down a black diamond run, you simply have to close your eyes to be transported back to that one unforgettable day on the mountain. If you’re like me, I bet you can still smell the crisp, clean, pine-scented air. Or maybe you even find yourself involuntarily squinting as you recall how the blinding sun reflects off the snow like a million glittering diamonds. Most of all, I’m sure you will never forget the exhilaration you felt as you soared over the powder, the wind rushing up to meet you until you feel like you will simply take flight at any moment. Whether you ski or snowboard, you know that there is nothing quite so magical as being on the side of a mountain, soaking up nature, having fun with your friends. Now, National Geographic wants to ensure you experience plenty more snow days like that one, and with their new book they’re going to show you 100 Slopes of a Lifetime that will leave your mouth gaping open in awe.

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