Milky Way over Yellowstone National Park.
Credit: Neal Herbert (NPS), flickr.
“Time-lapse” photography is the term used for shooting events at a much lower frame rate than will be used when the sequence is played back. By using this method, photographers can capture gradual or subtle changes--things we don’t typically notice while they’re happening--and produce a chronicle of the world’s hidden flow. This practice has been used to great effect to capture sunrises, sunsets, huge storms and even the secret lives of plants; all ‘common’ occurrences that become mesmerizing once we’re able to watch them at a pace that suits our sped-up brains.
Some of the best time-lapse films show the seasons and daily rhythms of national parks and other wildlands, from drifting fog to meteor showers to gently wind-blown branches suddenly brought into vital focus.
Take a look at the list we’ve compiled below…and be inspired to get out into nature.
Yosemite National Park (California)
via Project Yosemite
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks (Utah)
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming/Montana/Idaho)
Zion National Park (Utah)
via Matt Bowen
Joshua Tree National Park (California)
via Gavin Heffernan
Arches National Park (Utah)
Big Bend National Park (Texas)
via Sundance Kid
Acadia National Park (Maine)
via John Fouse
Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
Redwood National Park (California)
via Roman Khomlyak
Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Tennessee)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
Denali National Park (Alaska)
Badlands National Park (South Dakota)
via Doug Michaels
Olympic National Park (Washington)
via Glenn Wadsworth