A 5-yr time-lapse work to capture the extinction of a rare tree species

The dying last Dwarf Beeches of Germany’s once-huge population are an eerie yet beautiful sight. An impressive nature time-lapse video you can’t miss, by Mike Coenen.

Mike shared with us the following details on his video:

As an impressionistic movie, the meaning is in the eye of the beholder. However, here is some backstory:
‘Süntelbuche’ is the german name for ‘Dwarf Beech’ – a kind of European Beech, indigenous to the Süntel massif in Germany, but almost extinct now. Because the trees refuse to grow straight, their wood has no industrial or economic value and so huge forests of them were cleared about 200 years ago. Only about 100 genetically pure trees survived the purge until today. All of them are now at the end of their lifespan and start dying. Over the course of five years I was able to adequately capture their beauty using time lapse techniques.

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