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Mother Nature Rages in These Inspirational Time-Lapse Videos

By Jules Ebe on June 15th 2013

I am always struck by the immensity of nature and, well, how puny we, as humans, are in comparison. In the following videos the force and beauty of Mother Nature is contrasted with the different ways that man-kind around the world attempt the share the same space. In the following videos, we are confronted with the weaves of human nature and Nature herself as they intertwine to create scenes that are both inspiring and devastating. Enjoy.

A Supercell Near Booker, Texas

Captured by Photographer Mike Olinski during one of his many visits to the Central Plains, it is both terrifying and stunning to watch these magnificent structures swirl in the sky. As you look closely, in a few frames you can see what appear to be homes or barns in the distance, and in a few of the night scenes a busy highway rushes under the weight of the billowing storm.

Technical details: Canon 5D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm 2.8

Video credit: Mike Olinski

Everest – A Journey to the Top of the World

While most climbers slept, Elia Saikaly attempted to capture some of the magic that the Himalayan skies reveal during the night hours. Mother Nature is queen of the mountain, and yet that does not stop hundreds each year from trying to become her king. In watching this, it is hard not to think of the climbers as a series of ants trying to scale the Earth’s tallest mountain.

But not all of this was a stunning, glorious visual story. It was also a staggering tale of triumph and death.

“Emotionally, I knew I had to move past him, but as I tried, I just collapsed right next to him. A part of me felt as though a small piece of me just died. Tears flow down my cheeks and I can feel my eyelids starting to freeze shut. “I’m sorry for your sister, I’m sorry for your mother, I’m sorry for your father, I’m sorry for your cousin.” On my knees next to a dead body, I feel as though I am absorbing the pain of so many who would soon learn of this man’s tragedy.”

Technical details: Canon T3i, Canon 5D Mark II

Video Credit: Elia Saikaly

(To read more of his story, click here.)

This is Africa

Shot during a visit with his sister who was volunteering with a community development organization in Uganda, Benjamin Dowie shares intimate moments captured during his trip. Though the following is not solely a time-lapse film, I find myself taken aback by the awe-inspiring scenes. So many frames could be stills found within the pages of National Geographic.The entwined relationship of man and nature is set against the scenes of poverty, joy, and the African sunrise. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.

Uganda and Tanzania with two of my siblings to visit my sister who was volunteering at the time for Jenga, a community development organisation in Mbale, Uganda

Benjamin says of his work “I love to create beautiful things – videos that are organic, honest, spontaneous, real, unique, elegant, simplistic, pure, and hopefully moving.” Well Benjamin, you most definitely have succeeded.

Video credit: Benjamin Dowie

Thank you to all the artists for sharing their view through the lens with us.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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