The changing of the seasons is a surprisingly global phenomenon. Sure, they may not get snow at the equator, but if you ask someone in, say, Indonesia if they have seasons, they’ll tell you they have four: mango, coconut, banana, and rain.
This GIF is a little more varied, a little more familiar. It shows the changes of a stand of mixed temperate Norwegian forest throughout a calendar year. Deciduous trees yellow, drop their leaves, then burst into chlorophyll-enriched life as the nearby pine stands stoically by.
And hey! You can buy a T-shirt with all the frames! Definitely a Morning GIF first.
It comes to us via the b0wties are cool Tumblr, originating in a now-dead time-lapse video from Scandinavian technologist Eirik Solheim on Revver. (A moment of silence for Revver, original home of the Great Mentos and Diet Coke experiment, among other timeless videos.) On Tumblr, it’s gotten 125 notes, and on Revver, who knows how many ephemeral views.
That’s the Internet for you. Sic transit gloria HTML.
Much like The Wizard of Oz captured a twister in sepia tone, East Coasters are snapping Hurricane Sandy-related photos and slapping on a filter to give them an old-time look.
A site called Instacane is sharing Instagram images ahead of the storm hitting the shoreline. Over the weekend, the site mainly showed snaps of prep work but is likely to showcase more photos of flooding and Sandy itself starting later Monday.
The site, created by Facebook employee Chris Ackermann and Peter Ng (who works within the New York Times research and development lab), was originally set up last year to track Hurricane Irene. The pair decided to bring it back “due to popular demand.”
The images on the site refresh every 10 minutes, and gives a genuine, on-the-ground look at how people are dealing with the so-called Frankenstorm as it bears down.
If Instagram isn’t your thing, you can keep a close eye on the storm as it approaches through a number of webcams.
The New York Times set up a camera on the 51st floor of its Midtown Manhattan headquarters. Even if Sandy doesn’t touch down near New York City, it offers a fresh look at the town’s skyline every minute.
A camera on the torch of the Statue of Liberty gives a peek at the NYC harbor. The swirling sound of wind makes the storm’s intensity clearer. Quartz and Gizmodo have lists of webcams to watch throughout New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland.
Dear John: It couldn’t last. Despite your impressive size, rapid approach, and astonishing press presence, it was never meant to be.
Tropical Storm John lasted less than a day (although that shouldn’t hurt his self-esteem) and never amounted to anything (but his mother still loves him, I’m sure), but before he fizzled out and settled into a depression like some emo teenager, he left us with this immortal GIF.
Just as for many a one-night wonder before him, the forecast was far more impressive than the reality. This GIF, uploaded to ForGifs just 22 hours ago, already has 26,775 sympathetic notes. Man, it happens to everyone.
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Tumblr curated by Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso), Aja Romano (@ajaromano) Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn), and Logan Youree (@loganwtf).