It's easy to forget plants are alive. We hardly ever see them move. But they're always twisting, stretching and unfurling right under our noses. Most of us just don't have the time or patience to sit through their slow-motion ballet.

Thankfully, though, Czech photographer Katka Pruskova recently had some time to spare — or at least her camera did. She set up her Canon 5D Mark II on a tripod and placed about two dozen flowers in front of it, one species at a time, letting each bloom at its own pace. The camera shot more than 7,100 photos during that 730-hour span, then Pruskova compiled all the images into one dramatic time-lapse video:

For more information about how exactly Pruskova did this, check out the clip's Vimeo page and this detailed explainer from her personal website.

Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.

Petal to the metal: Flowers bloom in time-lapse
Watch 730 hours of blooming flowers squeezed into less than three minutes.