The Resurrection Plant

Geologic time is very hard to understand. The Cosmic Calendar, which condenses 13.8 billion years into a single calendar year, helps us try and make sense of the time frame between the Big Bang, which takes place on January 1, and everything that has ever happened in the history of humanity, which all takes place in the last few minutes of December 31. At this scale, there are 438 years per second, 1.58 million years per hour, and 37.8 million years per day.

Somewhere in that vast expanse of time, a majestic plant called the Rose of Jericho evolved. Through the magic of time lapse photography, we can watch it open and close in the rain and create new life:

If you love time-lapse photography, check out this new Microsoft research on hyperlapse photography.