From 2006-2008, videographer Samuel Orr lived in a quiet little cabin in Indiana while filming for several nature documentaries on the natural history of the state for PBS. Orr filmed the area in and around his little cabin, which was in a beautiful part of the woods “on a finger of private land that stuck into the middle of a large nature preserve.”
“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. I was able to film many of these subjects for the documentary series, including some that nested on or near the house,” he said.
He began experimenting with time-lapse photography, shooting still images of the same scene, day after day to note changes.
“One afternoon, as fall approached, I wondered what might happen if I set a camera up and took pictures everyday from the same window. I might be able to get changing seasons and blend them into a film,” Orr remembered.
Mind you, Orr did not use time-lapse video; he used time-lapse photography. That means that he set up a camera on a tripod and over the course of 16 months, he took photos — tens of thousands of them. About 40,000 to be exact. And he made them into the movie you see below.