Today is the birthday of Henderina Victoria Scott, who shared her images of time-lapse photography of plants in 1904.
Scott exhibited her pictures at the British Association for the Advancement of Science. She described her set up and her method for taking the photos.
Then, she proceeded to show animated photographs of flowers opening and closing their buds, and expanding and developing into flowers. She also explained the movements of climbing plants and of insects visiting flowers.
None of her films or plates are known to exist.
Scott’s work allowed botanists and horticulturalists to see the changes that happen slowly over time in the plant world.