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The Beauty of Pollination

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in My Blog | Leave a comment

The “Beauty of Pollination” is another incredible preview video from Louis Shwartzberg at Moving Art.   He originally showed this at a Ted Talk in 2011 and since then it has had almost 27 million views!  It’s from the film Wings of Life, which takes us on an adventure to reveal the world that is right in front of us. The film is narrated by a flower (Meryl Streep) and teaches the importance of flowers in nature and how they impact all living things.

The feature length movie was produced by Disneynature, and is available on Amazon.

Research has shown that viewing soothing images of nature reduces stress: measured by lowering the pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure. This natural beauty will inspire – help us to become more “in spirit,” renewed and reconnected. ~ Moving Art Blog

If you live in a big city or your the demands of life keep you away from nature, this might be a good interim way to bring nature and its healing into your home.  Just a thought!

 

 

Time-Lapse Photography of Flowers

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in My Blog | Leave a comment

I became fascinated with the art of time-lapse photography after watching Louie Schwartzberg’s Ted Talks ‘Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.’ and ‘The Hidden Beauty of Pollination’.  You can find other examples of this type of photography on YouTube or just by googling ‘time lapse photography flowers blooming’, but I’ve enjoyed Mr. Schwartzberg’s images most, not just because his images are incredible, but because of his message.

We Are Part of Nature and We Have to Take Care Of It

pinkspotswebHis message is that we are part of nature and that we have to take care of it.  It’s a simple message and not a new one, but he spells it out beautifully in his Ted Talk and demonstrates it with a video that includes his stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied the observations of Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Flowers Can Be a Portal Into Nature

LongwoodDahlias_20130911_0483-1webWhile the video itself isn’t specifically about flowers, it begins with flowers.  For me, that’s the significance of flowers – they can be a beginning because it’s hard to dislike flowers, and the more you know about them, the more you want to know about them.  Their beauty captures us and can be a portal into nature, creating a fascination about a specific aspect of nature or a quest to understand more about the world around us.

We Protect What We Fall In Love With

LW_APRIL_2013_3_1424webTo steal Schwartzberg’s words about flowers, “They open our hearts and make us realize that we’re part of nature and we’re not separate from it.”  Schwartzberg goes so far as to say that, “Beauty and seduction, I believe, are nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with.”  So, the more people we can get to fall in love with flowers and nature, the more people there will be to protect our planet.  That’s really what it’s all about.

Nature.  Beauty.  Gratitude.

DSC_0100-1yellwebAlthough his photography encompasses more than just flowers, he has much credibility as a flower photographer, given his claim that he’s been shooting time-lapse flowers continuously nonstop 24 hours a day, seven days a week for over 30 years.  That’s a lot of flowers!  Even still, he says, “To see them dance is something I’ll never get tired of.  Their beauty immerses us in beauty, taste and touch.”

Their beauty is something I never get tired of either.  The more I learn, the more I want to learn.

Here’s the ‘Nature. Beauty. Gratitude’ video from ted.com.  Enjoy!

 



 

You can see more of Louie Schwartzberg’s work at Movingart.com

 

 

 

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