Have you ever seen a time-lapse video of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly? It's truly fascinating, and a transformation we rarely get to see up close. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, you don't often notice your kids growing little by little or your garden gradually blooming — until one day, you take a minute to catch your breath and are astounded by all the changes you see. Nature's pretty amazing like that, isn't it? Taking time to stop and appreciate the tiny changes as they happen can be eye-opening — and if you're ready to go down a rabbit hole, there are tons of time-lapse videos on YouTube that will simultaneously soothe you and mesmerize you, strange as it may seem.
Time-Lapse Video of a Plant Growing
If watching sped-up footage of plants grow is your thing, the YouTube channel GPhase is for you. Though whoever is running the channel has only uploaded seven videos so far, it's nearly impossible to tear your aways away from the videos that are available. The most popular video GPhase has posted so far — the video above — shows a cross-section of soil with a little kidney bean. At first, the bean spouts tiny roots before slowly emerging through the soil. As leaves being to grow, it looks like the kidney bean plant is dancing. "HOLY FRIJOLES!! [Holy beans]" a user commented on the video. After 25 days, the kidney bean seed has mutated into a towering stalk with bright green leaves — nothing like the small oblong bean from *which it came — but you get to watch it all unfold in under a five minutes.
Time-Lapse Video of a Flower Blooming
There's also footage of beautiful flowers blooming, which is just the pick-me-up you might need on tough day. You won't be able to stop yourself from smiling while watching, but we dare you to try!
Time-Lapse Video of Insects
If you don't have a weak stomach, GPhase also uploaded a 20-minute video of ants clearing sand from a hole, a spellbinding, seemingly choreographed process that's been set to peaceful music. (It almost feels like a clip from Planet Earth.) There's also a video that shows what happens when you leave a piece of bread in water for 16 days. Not surprisingly, it starts to mold — which is horrifying to watch but impossible not to.
The next time you have a minute to browse on YouTube, we seriously recommend watching one of these time-lapse videos. They're mysteriously soothing — seriously.
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