Watching a Lilac Tree

I just took a photo of the lilac tree in my backyard.

I drove a nail into the railing on my back deck. I braced the camera against the nail and lined up the left edge of the frame to the edge of the shed. I’ll add a new photo every day until the tree is in full bloom. Press the play button on the embedded slide show and watch the lovely lilac flowers come into bloom. If the results are interesting, I’ll eventually post a time-lapse video of the whole thing.

I’ve also planted sunflowers up against the shed and the fence on the right. The sunflowers can grow up to 4 metres (translation for American readers: that’s really high; think Day of the Triffids). I’m more interested in the sunflowers than the lilac tree.

UPDATE (Oct. 17/09): The slideshow has been removed and replaced with the lilac tree and sunflower photos. The final time-lapse video can be viewed at Time-lapse Sunflowers.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at

9 Replies to “Watching a Lilac Tree”

  1. Today was the warmest day so far of the Newfoundland summer. The buds grew almost twice their size. I usually take the daily photo in the morning, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the new growth.

    Oh my god, it’s so exciting.

  2. Thor is satiated. Do you take the photos at the same time of day? I was just thinking it would be neat to set up a camera vidieo or otherwise at market and do a time laspe of a morning at market. From bare building…to bustling commerce back to bare building….I gotta talk to you phillip….

  3. That would be easy to do. You could even do it on a lap top. All you need is lots of space on your hard drive and a secure location.

    What odds, I’ll do this weekend and post a video when it’s done. There’s not much to see out in my backyard, but we’ll see how it goes.

  4. This photo is from 2 weeks ago:

    From Lilac Tree (time-lapse)

    This is what it looks like today:

    From Lilac Tree (time-lapse)

    It’s getting there.

  5. This is what it’s looking like these days:

    From Lilac Tree (time-lapse)

    I was recently gone away for a week and a dramatic amount of growth happened with the sunflowers. That will kind of kill the gradual growing effect when I do the time-lapse video. Oh well. We’ll see how it works out.

    Next year I’ll take a crack at a more proper time-lapse video — of a more interesting subject.

  6. I created a time-lapse video of all this photos so far. It’s not as interesting I’d hoped. But I’ll keep it going as long as I can and eventually post a complete time-lapse video. Who knows, maybe I’ll keep it going for years. This is what it looks like today.

    From Lilac & Sunflowers