Best nature videos for meditative zoning out - bees, birds, fish, waves
October 21, 2021 7:19 AM   Subscribe

Please recommend long, relaxing videos for meditative zoning out - bees, clouds, oceanscapes, aviary cams.

I like to sit outside and watch bees, but there aren't always bees hanging out when I want to sit and watch them. Please recommend good, calming, meditative videos to watch to relax and clear my head.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium webcam videos are terrific for this, but I'd also like to see some bees, some clouds, some waves crashing on rocks, and similar nature scenes.

The Aquarium's aviary videos are my current favorites - lots of individual birds hanging out, preening, walking around.

Preferences (none are hard requirements, just preferences):
* really good quality video
* no logo overlay
* no slow motion, no sped up footage
* long stretches without a camera change (the BBC Oceanscapes are great, but they do cut to other scenes a lot)
* video is at least 15 minutes long

Travel videos of the countryside could be okay, as long as there's a lot of greenery.

Youtube and online streaming are best, but good DVD recommendations are also very welcome.

Thank you!
posted by kristi to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite has a whole list of livecams. I can't personally recommend one because I only watch them infrequently but you might have fun searching.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:13 AM on October 21, 2021 [4 favorites]

The escapista's Beach and Still sections are playing exactly what you need, right now. Click the caption to get back to the YouTube source. It was introduced in the blue, here. Essential.
posted by Rash at 8:41 AM on October 21, 2021

Panama bird table
Ecuadorian hummingbirds
Rosie’s Pan (there are other African wildlife cams which have more frequent big game and stuff, but this one always seems to have the most atmospheric audio)
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 9:28 AM on October 21, 2021

Ocean Voyager Live Webcam from Georgia Aquarium
Shark Lagoon Cam powered by at Aquarium of the Pacific
Pipeline Cam powered by at Banzai Pipeline, Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii
posted by TrishaU at 9:46 AM on October 21, 2021

Handsome Nature YouTube channel is where I got sucked into the saga of BLACK SQUIRREL. (Spoiler alert: BLACK SQUIRREL will rage all other squirrels because they bigger and badder. Chipmunks will hang by, unaffected, because they just here to pack they cheeks.)
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 9:59 AM on October 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

you want Moving Art series on Netflix
"Experience nature's art as filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg highlights the beauty that lurks in oceans, forests, deserts and flowers."
posted by mrmarley at 2:16 PM on October 21, 2021

The film Microcosmos has several long scenes, one in particular I remember is a mosquito emerging from the surface of the water from its egg (chrysalis??), verrrrry slooooowly. Generally a fairly chill documentary about bugs and small-scale critters. You can just turn on some music and mute the narration. I actually made a custom soundtrack to show it to kids back in the day so I could narrate instead XD

These long, uncut train videos showing a complete south to north trip of the Nordlandsbanen are great too.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:25 PM on October 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

This may sound odd, but what about getting an aquarium? I've often zoned out watching a snail patrol through a miniature world...
posted by The otter lady at 10:06 PM on October 21, 2021

Check out the Minnesota DNR Eagle Cam. It'll come back in November, streaming live constantly through the following summer. In the meantime they have a number of video highlights from previous years. They're only a few minutes long, but it'll give you an idea if it will work for you or not.

Since you're into aviary videos, consider doing a search for 'Videos for cats'... Here's a great example. It's just an 8 hour video, good quality, of close-up birds mostly feeding on seeds, and there are plenty more available with more birds, squirrels, mice, etc. YANAC (You Are Not A Cat) but they might work for you.
posted by SquidLips at 5:47 PM on October 22, 2021

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