Watch Cherry Blossoms Suddenly Explode Into Life in This Stunning Timelapse Footage

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It’s that time of year when Mother Nature puts on her best fireworks show with pink and white cherry blossoms. By now your Instagram feed is probably clogged with endless shots of cherry trees, but this spectacular drone footage captured by Jack Johnston is still worth your time.


Shooting timelapse footage with a flying drone is tricky because you need to recreate the exact flight multiple times. Battery life limitations mean you unfortunately can’t just leave a drone hanging in mid-air for days on end. But by blending the footage from multiple flights in post-production, you can make it look like reality is speeding up.

Johnston captured countless aerial timelapses of cherry trees blossoming in Japan for a BBC Springwatch special, but compiled some of the best shots into this minute-and-a-half highlight reel. It’ll either delight you or make you sneeze. Or both!

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Think! aka anotherburner111122223333

Hmmm... I kinda take issue with you calling it timelapse. If you ask me, the artist had it closer by calling it “Drone Lapse Times”.

The times being utilized here are only really 2 time samples; blatently obvious on the shots with people (fade in!). Timelapse uses many time samples. The blending in digital post production might be cool, bit I would shy from classifying it as timelapse.