Flora and Fauna: Pollination in Ultra Slow Motion

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An excerpt from Louie Schwartzberg's nature documentary, Wings of Life, captures hummingbirds and insects pollinating plants in gorgeous slow motion. 

The filmmaker describes his inspiration for the film on his website:

I’ve been filming time lapse flowers, continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 35 years. To watch them move is a dance I will never get tired of. Their sensual beauty immerses us with color, smell, taste and touch. Yet, like most of us, I took for granted the miraculous romance between flowers and pollinators—a synergy that, in fact, keeps this planet alive. The beauty of their relationship compelled me to film their behavior. Who could resist? It truly is the ultimate love story, for it nourishes the very essence of life.  

He has also given a TED talk on the film:

For more work by Louie Schwartzberg, visit http://www.movingart.tv/.

Thanks to Garance Franke-Ruta for the video. 

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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