They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the case of time-lapse photography there might not be any words that can describe the thousands of images that have been compiled to create such awe-inspiring videos as the ones below.
These videos have been sped up to give us a view of things we might not otherwise ever see, and they offer us a new perspective of the constant changes happening around us that are so easy to miss. From the movement of tiny corals to breathtaking landscapes, they instill a sense of wonder and offer us a stunning reminder that we’re not separate from nature.
By now most people are probably aware of coral reefs and other microorganisms living under the sea, but even if we saw them up close, we would miss most of what is happening in these microscopic ecosystems. For the “Slow Life,” Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland, created a mesmerizing time lapse video by painstakingly compiling 150,000 macro shots to give us a glimpse into the underwater world of corals and sponges.
Stoupin cautions on his blog that his intention was to help inspire people to support marine conservation, and to protect places like the Great Barrier Reef, as opposed to endorsing collection of these precious lifeforms for the aquarium industry.
Project Yosemite was started in 2012 by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill when they set out to capture the beauty of Yosemite National Park, one of the largest roadless areas in the US. After releasing their first video that year, the two set out again. They hiked more than 200 miles over the course of 45 days to bring us Yosemite HD II, which captures even more breathtaking scenery as the landscape in the park changes throughout the seasons.
Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were protected in 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant. Last week, nature enthusiasts celebrated the park’s 150th anniversary.
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