Time-lapse movies of plants
February 22, 2005 12:42 PM   Subscribe

Plants in motion Time-lapse movies of plants doing plant-like things, such as growing, nutating, opening up, and being smelly. [requires quicktime]
posted by carter (23 comments total)

 
Sweet. Great find.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 12:49 PM on February 22, 2005


But it's a double... I knew it looked familiar.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 12:53 PM on February 22, 2005


Double, but I only remember because of how great the site is.
posted by gwint at 12:53 PM on February 22, 2005


By the way, has anyone ever smelled that Amorphophallus titanum in real life ? I am intrigued.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 12:55 PM on February 22, 2005


Ack! Different index page URLs ...
posted by carter at 12:57 PM on February 22, 2005


Reminds me of a (short?) story about some non-environmentally concious Westerners taking this compound used by some indiginous peoples that slows down their metabolism/conciousness and they get attacked by plants.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 1:03 PM on February 22, 2005


This is very, very cool! I have always loved time-lapse photos and movies. Excellent (re)find!
posted by fenriq at 1:06 PM on February 22, 2005


Ok, I now think vines are completely creepy.
posted by grimcity at 1:07 PM on February 22, 2005


Beautiful, thanks! Does anyone know of an ordinary digital camera that can be set to take these kinds of photos?
posted by fuzz at 1:14 PM on February 22, 2005


Does anyone know of an ordinary digital camera that can be set to take these kinds of photos?

if you have a webcam of some sort, you can use a program like ChillCam to capture sequential images at any interval you choose, which you can then piece together into a movie (more info on that in this ask mefi thread),
posted by mcsweetie at 1:22 PM on February 22, 2005


The nutation video is the greatest thing I've ever seen.
posted by rafter at 1:28 PM on February 22, 2005


mcsweetie, thanks for that info and the link to the AskMe thread. Good info that I've been thinking about for a while now.
posted by fenriq at 2:17 PM on February 22, 2005


Very cool, reminiscent of David Attenborough's The Private Life of Plants, which is really worth seeing if you haven't already.
posted by greatgefilte at 2:28 PM on February 22, 2005


fuzz asks: "Does anyone know of an ordinary digital camera that can be set to take these kinds of photos?"

My Canon S400 can be set up to capture pictures every 15 seconds (at full 4Mpx resolution) using Canon's Remote Capture program. I could set it for an even tighter time lapse, if I reduced the size of each photo.

Remote Capture comes at no extra charge with the camera, and is installed on my desktop computer (XP). I connect the camera to the computer using the supplied USB cable, set the frequency and total number of pictures, futz with the camera settings if I need to, and send each picture directly to the desktop, bypassing the CF card in my camera.

I recently purchased an AC adapter for my camera, so I don't have to worry about swapping batteries every few hours - I can keep the time lapse photography going for hours if not days (and I have!)
posted by seawallrunner at 2:55 PM on February 22, 2005


[this is (still) good]
posted by davejay at 3:04 PM on February 22, 2005


Wow. That's good.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 3:12 PM on February 22, 2005


Plants are people too.
posted by recurve at 4:41 PM on February 22, 2005


if you use option+back arrow you can watch them shrink! (alt on windows i think)
posted by splatta at 5:26 PM on February 22, 2005


i love the spiral movements of the morning glory. what a wonderful dance. great post (even if it's an encore).
posted by moonbird at 6:01 PM on February 22, 2005


The sunflower nutation video is almost scary. They look like hungry little chicks (but they want light, not worms). We're hungry!
posted by painquale at 6:33 PM on February 22, 2005


painquale: I was going to post that as "sunflowers gone wild" :P

I found the morning glory vine rotating quite creepy.
posted by delmoi at 10:35 PM on February 22, 2005


wow, plants 'nutate'? i learn a new word every day...
posted by wessatong at 2:10 AM on February 23, 2005


Wow, truly fabulous site...never saw it first time round. Thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:49 AM on February 23, 2005


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