5 Awe Inspiring Time Lapse Videos of Nature

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.

Slow Life

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

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.

Click to the next page for the wonder of snowflakes, a breathtaking shot of the Milky Way, and more!


Snow. Whether you love it, hate it, or start out loving it and then just get really sick of it, it never stops being fascinating. Russian filmmaker Vyacheslav Ivanov, captured the magic and intricate details of snowflakes forming into their unique individual shapes and elaborate, symmetrical patterns, through a combination of a camera and microscope at 25 frames per second.

Ivanov explains that the video actually captures a snowflake sublimating, or turning directly from a liquid to a gas, which is then shown in reverse.

The Mountain

Norwegian photographer Terje Sørgjerd, of TSO Photography, trekked up Spain’s highest mountain El Teide to capture both the mountain and the Milky Way. Footage taken over seven days shows the terrain, the sky above, a sandstorm rolling through the Sahara Desert, billowing clouds and towering trees, and also offers a stunning view of the beauty of our universe.

Hawaii Volcanoes

Photographer QT Luong has a gorgeous portfolio and an impressive resume, having photographed each of the 59 National Parks in the U.S. In his first time-lapse video, he captured stunning footage taken mostly at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in a unique “sea-to-summit” project.

“The volcanoes of Hawaii are such a dynamic landscape that to tell their story, I felt inspired to interpret them through motion using time-lapse and DSLR video,” he wrote in the video’s description.

From flowing lava trickling into the ocean and clouds parting to expose the Milky Way, to capturing what’s considered “the most beautiful sunrise in the world” from the top of Haleakala, one of the world’s biggest dormant volcanoes, Luong has certainly brought the volcanoes to life.

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 months ago

Oh my!!

Christine Jones
Christine Jones8 months ago

Superb. Thanks so much for sharing.

Cynthia no frwd B.
cynthia B.about a year ago

Beautiful and flat out awesome
thx for sharing

Suzan F.
Suzan F.about a year ago


Janis K.
Janis K.about a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

Heather Black
.about a year ago

Yep, nature is a wonderful thing!

Dave C.
Dave C.about a year ago

thanks, can't count how many times I've watched the Yosemite video.

Karen S.
Karen S.about a year ago

Beautiful, thanks.

Kate R.
Kate R.about a year ago

Beautiful, thank you for sharing! I especially loved the corals & the snowflakes... mountain scenery has never really been my thing.

Marija Mohoric
Maria Mohoricabout a year ago

ty for sharing