Friday, February 24, 2006

I want my plant TV!

A long time ago, I saw a Star Trek episode where the crew encountered aliens who lived at a different frequency. I may have this backwards, but I think the aliens moved so quickly that no one knew they were there. And until problems struck, our heroes were happily oblivious to the existence of the others.

The Plants In Motion movies remind me of that episode. Since plant movement occurs much more slowly than movements we can easily observe, we tend to think that plants don't move. These movies prove that idea wrong. Filmed with time-lapse photography, these short movies show seeds germinating, beans dancing to circadian rhythms, twirling vines, flowers bursting out with passion, and many other activities that we simply don't see because they happen at a different rate.

I think a collection of these movies on a DVD, with a good soundtrack, could be a lot of fun. It wouldn't have quite the impact of Jumanji or Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but it still might inspire a deeper appreciation for the plants in our lives.

As for the background music, my vote goes to: "Feed me, Seymore!"

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Blogger Musically yours said...

I think you have a brilliant idea. It would make people, especially students, grasp onto the idea more readily. Especially in our short-term, fast-paced mindset. Very informative and interesting Blog. Best wishes.

12:33 PM  
Blogger dlamming said...

Wow, that is so cool! :)

2:13 PM  
Anonymous David Harmon said...

I'm pretty sure I've seen some time-lapse movies on the Discovery Channel et al....

Oh, and IIRC the Star Trek episode involved stranded humans who'd been "sped up" by drinking the local water. Easily fixed, once enough of the crew had been accellerated to operate the Plot Device.... :-)

7:46 PM  

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