1. A secret garden comes alive in a symphony of music
Journey through a blooming garden of dancing flowers in this incredible four-minute video. Visual effects artist and filmmaker Jamie Scott spent three years shooting the stunning springtime imagery in this continuous motion time-lapse. Paired with a beautiful musical score, this is one you'll want to watch again and again.
2. Fire, ice, and ink turn flowers into stunning works of art
Watch blooming flowers interact with fire, ice, and ink in this gorgeous time-lapse by Thomas Blanchard. The vibrant beauty of the blooms is highlighted in dramatic fashion as they transition through the four “seasons” represented by each element.
3. Insects waltz with flowers in a delicate dance
Umwelt is defined as "the world as it is experienced by a particular organism." It's a word often used in relation to ethology, the study of animal—and human—behavior. This short experimental film by Yoshiyuki Katayama is a composite of time-lapse videos of flourishing flowers with real-time insect imagery.
4. Cactus flowers bloom in a mesmerizing explosion of color
Did you know that cacti have flowers? Filmmaker Greg Krehel captures 15 varieties of stunning Echinopsis cactus blossoms in this incredible time-lapse. The process happens overnight, and the flowers last for only a day, with a peak period occurring for a mere hour or two.
5. Flowers open their petals in dozens of uniquely beautiful ways
Witness how dozens of different types of flowers unfurl in this stunning time-lapse video from filmmaker David de los Santos Gil. He used 5,000 out of 50,000 shots of his floral subjects for the final video, which was filmed over a period of nine months.
The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.