Plants in motion
October 19, 2003 8:15 PM   Subscribe

Plants in motion is a comprehensive archive of time-lapse movies (Quicktime format) of plants germinating and growing, flowers opening, tropic responses and circadian movements. Some of the video is quite eerie. The plants really seem...erm...alive... The site also has a guide to making your own time-lapse film.
posted by Jimbob (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
pssst. the plants, they really are, um, alive.
posted by quonsar at 8:17 PM on October 19, 2003

Mmmm. Next time I'll include <creepy sarcasm> tags around the text, q.
posted by Jimbob at 8:18 PM on October 19, 2003

Poor little brocoli--couldn't even run away.
posted by NortonDC at 8:26 PM on October 19, 2003

It's a beautiful world we live in, a sweet romantic place.
posted by yhbc at 8:36 PM on October 19, 2003

I loved the dying daylily.

[this is good]
posted by Ptrin at 8:36 PM on October 19, 2003

There were obviously not filmed in my garden. After all, my garden only produces dead, brown plants. (oh, except for weeds, those flourish.)
posted by piper28 at 8:37 PM on October 19, 2003

I for one welcome our time-lapse plant overlords
posted by fatbobsmith at 8:50 PM on October 19, 2003

These are terrific. Anyone else have some nifty time-lapse sites to share?
posted by gwint at 9:46 PM on October 19, 2003

[this is good]
posted by dg at 11:06 PM on October 19, 2003

gwint - set your wayback controls for twelve days ago, for Hyper-Toronto.
posted by Guy Smiley at 11:46 PM on October 19, 2003

Anyone else have some nifty time-lapse sites to share?

Ok, it's not a site, but I recommend watching A Zed & Two Noughts as it features good use of decaying animals.
posted by gluechunk at 1:21 AM on October 20, 2003

The twining morning glory is both cool and creepy. Great link — thanks, Jimbob.
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:36 AM on October 20, 2003

[this is very good]
posted by Irontom at 10:51 AM on October 20, 2003

ages ago, I did an independant study project in high school about animation. I explored all kinds, including stop-motion. Using an 8mm film camera, that had the ability to shoot one frame per minute, I put it on a tripod in front of a tightly closed rosebud. For lighting, I used a single photo strobe unit. So, if you sat in front of the house that week, one of the rooms would flash into illumination every minute.

Unfortunately, the rosebud was very uncooperative, and refused to open for days and days, so I resorted to turning up the temperature in that part of the house to sauna levels. Within a couple of hours, the bud had opened, hyperextended, and then all of the petals fell off. On film, it lasted for about 4 seconds.

When I made the final presentation at the end of the term, it didn't occur to me to cut out the section of the movie where the bud remained closed, so my audience sat through 3 or 4 minutes of nothing happening, followed by what ended up looking like the bud just exploding.
posted by crunchland at 12:39 PM on October 20, 2003

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