Call it the seven wonders of the time-lapse world. Nothing is quite as sublime as nature, and the filmmakers behind the following seven videos set out to prove it. Time-lapse videos compile thousands upon thousands of images over a certain period of time, creating a beautiful visual portrait of a particular place over the course of a day, month, or even a year. We've collected some of the most stunning time-lapse videos currently on Vimeo, inspired by the wild beauty of the natural world.
Cerro Paranal, Chile, the setting of this time-lapse, is an astronomer's playground. The sky is dark and transparent, and the atmospheric conditions are steady — the optimal conditions for viewing a starry sky.
In the Land of the Northern Lights
It's easy to see why this environmental phenomenon is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The brightly colored auroras shown in this time-lapse were seen from Tromso in northern Norway.
This footage, short by the crews of International Space Station Expeditions 28 and 29, was taken from August to October 2011. The amazing time-lapse sequence includes several Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis sightings all over the world.
El Teide, which is Spain's highest mountain at 12,198 feet, is the location of the Teide Observatory and also of this stunning time-lapse.
Altissimo. Changes in Pace.
The Swiss Alps are an awe-inspiring backdrop in this time-lapse, which show clouds rippling over the mountain range's highest peaks.
The volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted two years ago, wreaking havoc on the travel industry and leaving many visitors stranded. This time-lapse stands in contrast to the news footage of the Icelandic volcano erupting, providing a cinematic perspective to the environmental calamity.
This Autumn-themed time-lapse takes a closer look at Fall's most beautiful features — bright colors, falling leaves, and changing weather.