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From acorn to oak - time-lapse reveals all

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 02:39

May 19 - The growth of a tree takes place so slowly that, in real time, it's impossible to observe. Six years ago, plant-lover and British film-maker Neil Bromhall decided to speed up the process with time-lapse photography and build a database of footage for all to see on his Website www.Rightplants4me.co.uk. His latest sequence follows the development of an acorn into an oak. Rob Muir reports.

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STORY: Film-maker Neil Bromhall collected an acorn in September, 2010 and planted it in an underground set next to a mature tree. He then programmed his camera to take exposures every two hours over the next eight months. It wasn't until March when the first shoot broke through the soil and the leaves began to form. Neil Bromhall is an accomplished cameraman and photographer. He has worked for many years for the BBC's Natural History Unit and won an Emmy for his work as a cameraman on Sir David Attenborough's "Private Life of Plants". But he's also devoting his spare time to his passion for plants and photography, with one simple goal - to encourage as many people as possible to take up gardening. Rob Muir, Reuters.

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From acorn to oak - time-lapse reveals all

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 02:39