A Taste for Meat – Stills from Chris Field’s Biolapse
Biolapse is Chris Field’s brainchild. It’s actually a rather fascinating timelapse of carnivorous plants ‘hunting’ and eating their prey, though “hunting” may not be the most precise term to use since it involves actively stalking and pouncing on prey…
These carnivorous plants stay firmly rooted on the ground. What they actually do is ‘lure’ hapless insects into their ‘mouths.’ Gifted with neither fangs, claws, poison, or locomotion, these plants have evolved different mechanisms to trap insects. The Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) for example, has small trigger hairs located on its leaves. Touching these hairs will make the leaf snap shut, effectively trapping the insect inside.
The Pitcher plant on the other hand, has perfected the art of looking delicious to insects. In some species of the plant, the ‘lip’ of the plant is even lined with nectar to make it even more appealing. A closer investigation by the insect would lead to its slippery death inside the plant’s ‘pitcher.’
Chris Field, is a videographer who started out building timelapse equipment so he could go do timelapse. People eventually started giving him money to build even more complicated systems and Chris’s little hobby turned into a booming business – The Chronos Project LCC. These days, he finally has enough time on his hands to engage into his very own pet project. Biolapse took more than one year to prepare and film. Filming alone took him 106 days of straight shooting with 2 cameras. He said: “I have decided to pull myself out of the world and into the studio for some areas of timelapse photography that are greatly under-explored.”
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