Filmmaker Michael Shainblum has painstakingly pieced together 12,400 images to create this short film showing off California's beautiful deserts, mountains, and coastlines. You're definitely going to want to take the 3.5 minutes to reconnect with nature.

Shainblum says it takes a lot of effort to put together videos like this:

To create this video there were many nights sleeping outside, and many days spent in the wild to embrace the environment and get to know the surroundings. There is a common misconception about Timelapse shooters that we quickly set up cameras and go sleep in the car for hours at a time, which is far from the truth. We are constantly hiking heavy equipment through dangerous areas and spending time camping in uncomfortable situations, I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything else.


Some of the locations include Mono Lake, Anza Borrego Desert, Alabama Hills, Trona Pinnacles, Big Sur, Mount Laguna, Santa Maria, Yosemite, Gaviota, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, La Jolla Coves, Santa Ynez, the San Francisco Coast, and the Santa Barbara Mountains.

Sadly, Shainblum's grandmother, Alice Harpin, died during the last two weeks of shooting the video, which is why it's dedicated to her memory.

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