Photographer and video artist Hal Bergman's time-lapse tribute to his home state of California is notable not just for its beautifully composed nature footage, but its incorporation of several of the Golden State's most iconic cityscapes.

"I'd estimate that this took over 1000 hours to film and put together," Bergman tells io9. Watching this film for ourselves, it's clear how much care went into its making:

Writes Bergman:

California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It's almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it's own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Continental United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It's most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra. More important than those facts, to me, is that I was born and spent most of my life here.

Complement with Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty's beautiful time-lapse video of California's Yosemite National Park:

[Hal Bergman]