Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays!  By the middle of the workweek, I know that I'm ready for a pick-me-up, for some inspiration -- and for that reason I decided to post a nature photo or quote each Wednesday.  Perusing works of nature writing and photography helps me reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature, which is something we all can benefit from in the middle of a busy, stressful work week! 

This Wednesday, I wanted to share a breathtaking time lapse nature video that I stumbled across recently.  Simply titled "The Mountain," this film created by Norway-based TSO Photography has garnered more than two million views on YouTube, and it is easy to see why.  Watch for yourself, and be sure to enlarge to full-screen to get the full effect!

Ahhh... now don't you feel a tremendous sense of peace? Time lapse nature films have a dreamy, enchanting quality about them, and reveal patterns and movement in nature that are impossible to see in real-time: starry skies wheeling overhead remind us that our planet is in constant motion as it spins on its axis; the rolling and churning clouds are reminiscent of waves on a stormy ocean; evening shadows chase sunlight across the landscape until it disappears into the horizon; tree branches quiver and tremble in a breeze too faint to be noticed with the naked eye.

These types of films perfectly portray the beautiful unrest of the natural world as so eloquently described by one of my favorite nature writers, John Muir:
"This grand show is eternal.  It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising.  Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls" ~ John Muir
Also check out Project Yosemite, which captures the beauty of Muir's own beloved Yosemite National Park in stunning high-definition time lapse photography.

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