8 Soothing Nature Videos to Get You Through Election Day

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Prepare to be soothed.

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Look, you can only refresh FiveThirtyEight so many times. No matter what, you're not going to have a solid answer until tonight -- and even that's not guaranteed.

In the meantime, you need to distract yourself or you'll go crazy and eat lots of candy, as I have done. To help you get through, The Atlantic has put together this collection of soothing nature videos. (Be sure to watch in full screen -- both for aesthetic and election-blocking purposes!) 

1. Dauðalogn, by Henry Jun Wah Lee

As Atlantic video editor Kasia Cieplay-Mayr von Baldegg reported, the Icelandic band Sigur Ros commissioned a different artist to make a video for each track on their new album. Below is one of the best, filmed on the remote Japanese island of Yakushima.


2. The Wild Heart, also by Henry Jun Wah Lee

By the same artist as above, this video takes you around the American Southwest. He explains the process of making it here. (Election Day bonus! This one also made my heart swell with a bit of patriotism.)


3. Midnight Sun | Iceland, by Joe Capra

Iceland timelapse. That is all. (Okay actually that is not all. More information here.)


4. Purely Pacific Northwest, by John Eklund

Twenty-six thousand images from Oregon and Washington, stitched into four beautiful minutes.


5. Yosemite, Range of Light, by Shawn Reeder

More patriotism!


6. The Beauty of Pollination, by Louis Schwartzberg

Hummingbirds and insects pollinate plants in ultra-slow motion.


7. Earth, by Michael König

Our planet, as seen from the International Space Station between August and October of last year.


8. Where the Hell Is Matt? by Matt Harding

Okay, this one isn't strictly "nature" (whatever that means anyway) but it is nevertheless the perfect antidote to the anxiety of the election. See this beautiful essay by Ethan Zuckerman for more about Matt and his dancing. Enjoy!




BONUS CARL SAGAN

Every day is a good day to watch this video.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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