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Old June 2 2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

I leave that here, just for the beauty of it....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3361789.html

A good piece of art makes you appreciate what it means to be alive, and Indiana-based cinematographer Samuel Orr's spectacular short film about cicadas does just that.
In order to make the video, Orr, a 42-year-old natural history filmmaker and time-lapse photographer, told The Huffington Post he's spent the past six years filming more than 200 hours of cicadas in various stages of their life cycles in a handful of midwestern states.
The effect is nothing short of amazing.
By using a series of still photos to piece together time-lapse sequences of the cicadas shedding their shells, Orr shows the oddly beautiful but ultimately tragic lives of cicadas, which live for up to 17 years underground in order to spend a brief six weeks in the open air before perishing. The footage is set to powerful music by composer Dexter Britain.
As The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal points out, to watch the cicadas' wings unfurl (around the 2:20-minute mark) is to see one of the glories of evolution.
Orr, who filmed through a microscope to get some of the close-up shots, hopes to make an hour-long documentary with his footage; the video above is just a preview. (He's started a Kickstarter page to raise $20,000 for the project.)
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Old June 2 2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

I remember faling asleep to their sound.
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Old June 3 2013, 12:08 AM   #3
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Re: The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

That was a super neat video. What a weird life cycle these insects have.

Animal instinct is one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp, that evolution not only affects the way that creatures look, but that it tells them what to do. It's truly impressive.
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Old June 3 2013, 01:09 AM   #4
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Re: The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

Cool video.
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Old June 3 2013, 03:41 AM   #5
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Re: The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

Yes, pretty cool, thanks for posting.
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Old June 5 2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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Re: The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

Anyone think that this is where the sound effects guys for TOS Star Trek got the original sample for the phaser? Sounds a hell of a lot like it.
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Old June 9 2013, 06:13 AM   #7
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Nice video. Thanks for the link.
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Old June 10 2013, 11:02 PM   #8
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Re: The Return of the Cicadas - 17 years they hide...

Something interesting I learned today about cicadas. They're part of the Cicadoidea super family and there are approximately 2,500 different species. Most have a 2~5 year life cycle, but then there's the Magicicada genus of North America, which is the one known for having an extraordinarily 17 year long life cycle (their appearance happening to be this year).
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