See what it’s like when a strangler fig explodes with life

Rhinoceros hornbills eating ripe figs

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In under three minutes, a year in a forest

Samuel Orr has been good enough to publish online this time-lapse video he shot from a house in a nature reserve near Bloomington, Indiana. He stitched it together from 40,000 images he took over a 15-month period. It’s a wild and beautiful place. On his website, Orr says: “I’d often look out the window and see turkeys, deer, flying squirrels, vultures, possums, huge orb weaving spiders, and a dizzying array of songbirds and woodpeckers.”

The result is a stunning portrait of the seasonal cycles that breathe life through every layer of the forest — and the soundscape is a rich as the view. Here Orr describes creatures we can hear.

“I tried to put in wildlife songs and calls appropriate to the season.  For instance, the honking during what is late winter are Sandhill Cranes, which used a migratory flyway that passed directly overhead.  Many of the calls were recorded on sight, others were from elsewhere in Indiana.  Animals heard include migratory songbirds, spring peepers, tree frogs, cicadas (periodical and annual), turkeys, coyotes, elk, and wolves.  While there are no wild wolves or elk native to Indiana anymore, but for hunting long ago they would still roam the surrounding hills.  Maybe they’ll be back some day.”

You can read more about his work at Motionkicker.com