Slow dust devil lifts plastic sheets off of a strawberry field

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50 Responses to “Slow dust devil lifts plastic sheets off of a strawberry field”

  1. jackie31337 says:

    It seems amazingly gentle, just slowly revolving like that, but it still has to be pretty powerful to lift those plastic sheets (which are probably heavier than they look).

  2. Tokay says:

    That almost looks like magic. The fabric must be so light to be lifted by such a slowly revolving thermal. Beautiful…

  3. jmdaly says:

    walking into a forming tornado no matter how seemingly benign is never ever smart, pretty though yes.

    • OldRipbeak says:

      It’s highly unlikely that this is a forming tornado. Tornadoes are typically spawned by supercell thunderstorms and are often accompanied by high winds, heavy rain, and lightning. The dust devil in this video is just that: a dust devil that just ruined some farmer’s day. ;)

    • emmdeeaych says:

      Tornadoes are formed by rotating storm clouds, of which there are none in this video.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you truly want to experience this video, watch it while playing the N. Korean My Kindergarten teacher song.

  5. JayConverse says:

    Top THAT, Cristo!

  6. Snig says:

    I wonder how many of us have walked next to a similar wind phenomenon and didn’t know it was there as there was no sheeting to illuminate it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    god hates plastic farming

  8. Editz says:

    There’s only one cut of music for flying plastic:

    http://www.tubedubber.com/#AxRT60-kw78:lm5ZtxIFOzg:0:100:0:0:true

  9. Alan says:

    If Salvador Dali choreographed a ballet, it’d look like that.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Symbiote and Ipo: On the other hand, if those acres of white sheets might be a very good thing: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/in-a-climate-quest-the-roof-as-white-knight/

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, I loved this so unique and beautiful, I want to have this on a large screen with the room dark and Classical music, maybe you could enter this in an art festival or something…

  12. youdiejoe says:

    Sometimes there’s so many strawberries in the world you feel like you can’t eat them all, like your heart’s going to cave in.

  13. Dave Faris says:

    Too slow; Didn’t care.

  14. Jake0748 says:

    Holy Crap! Amazing!

    How dopey was the cameraman to walk that close to the flying plastic pieces though. Was he hoping fro a trip to Oz?

  15. Brian Nemo says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. It something that you could never anticipate or control, or recreate, yet are lucky enough to witness and be a small part of. Really love this. Real thanks to Gever and Mark on this. Thanks.

  16. Doran says:

    It was quite lovely. I couldn’t help though thinking of the farmer eventually coming out and saying “Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.”

  17. Anonymous says:

    I cued it to :30, turned off the sound, then started it and Strawberry Fields Forever at the same time. It actually syncs pretty well, especially at the 3:50 mark when the guitars kick in.

  18. tsm_sf says:

    Here’s your soundtrack

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Y6d2hpkDo

    (Apoptygma Berzerk – Everything We Know Is Wrong)

  19. The Hamster King says:

    Next, a house of cards caving in. Then someone being buried alive. Then, fireworks!

  20. PallidaMors says:

    My (somewhat) minor critique is that for half of the movie I wanted to know why strawberry plants were filling half the frame, instead of that incredibly cool column of awesomeness. Beyond that, what a neat thing to not only witness, but capture on camera.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I accidentally put Catch 22 – Musetta ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxRT60-kw78 – first time listening to it) to play while watching it and thought it matched perfectly.

    The video per se is beautiful, but lacks a soundtrack, in my opinion that’s the one.

  22. doingsitups says:

    Mesmerising, thanks for the post! And for the person who shot it too. It just look so surreal, at the end the strong wind sound as he went closer to the center, that was nice.

  23. mamayama says:

    Gorgeous, but dangerous. The cameraman was foolhardy walking that close at the end; an errant drift of plastic could’ve wound him up very quickly, wrapping him a tightly bound, possibly hermetically sealed cocoon. He dodged that bullet, but I hope anybody who might copy his camerawork stays at a safe distance…

    I was blissfully imagining the Blue Danube Waltz as the soundtrack, til he got too close and my inner orchestra faltered while the conductor yelled, “Get AWAY from that, you idiot!!”

  24. rikomatic says:

    Amazing!

    Where is the Double Rainbow guy for commentary when we need him?

  25. Anonymous says:

    that. was. AWESOME! I could have watched that all day.

  26. Anonymous says:

    “No strawberries were harmed during the making of this film”

  27. darren says:

    > I cued it to :30, turned off the sound, then started it and Strawberry Fields
    > Forever at the same time. It actually syncs pretty well

    It also syncs up well with Tenacious D’s “Swirling Plastic From Hell”.

  28. michael holloway says:

    WOW.

  29. desprez says:

    Sometimes you see things in real life, whether driving down the road, or like this video, and you think, “If I saw this in a game or a movie I’d totally dismiss it as not realistic enough.”

  30. Muse says:

    Absolutely transcendent! Yes it immediately made me think of the American Beauty scene as well. My vote for the soundtrack is L’origine nascosta

  31. caipirina says:

    My first thought was some nice waltz (chopin maybe) … and then my second thought was unfortunatelly Jaggety Sax … Damn you Benny Hill

  32. Ipo says:

    Beautiful!

    I think it was the farmer who filmed this.
    The camera man says, in Austrian*, a flavor of German, :”Now it takes the entire next fleece, that can’t be true!” and tells it to “git outta here”, “Geh, schleich di!”. That also explains while the cameras focus is much on the strawberries, it”s the filmers focus. He clearly is invested, and while amazed, upset.

    What upsets me is the heavy use of plastics in agriculture.
    Here’s a good example:
    http://tinyurl.com/6gemb9u

    *Yes, there are no kangaroos in the alps.

  33. damiro says:

    It is beautiful. I’m just wondering if the tarp was in place to cover a volatile chemical pesticide that was then carried into town.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Oh. excellent raw video.
    http://greatpicx.com/a-tornado

  35. platinum says:

    What a lovely sugar plum fairy! http://youtubedoubler.com/ldAn

  36. Ipo says:

    Beautiful!

    I think it was the farmer who filmed this.
    The camera man says, in Austrian*, a flavor of German, :”Now it takes the entire next fleece, that can’t be true!” and tells it to “git outta here”, “Geh, schleich di!”. That also explains while the cameras focus is much on the strawberries, it”s the filmers focus. He clearly is invested, and while amazed, upset.

    What upsets me is the heavy use of plastics in agriculture.
    Here’s a good example:
    http://www.grid.unep.ch/activities/global_change/atlas/images/espagne.jpg

    *Yes, there are no kangaroos in the alps.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Yes, your comment was commented out because of the URL shortener. Your second comment was commented out because you used the name of the URL shortener when you asked if that was the reason.

    • narddogz says:

      Austrian you say?

      Julie Andrews spinning with the plastic would be the icing on the cake!

  37. Ipo says:

    My post originally continued with:
    What upsets me is the heavy use of plastics in agriculture.
    I tried to link to a pair of satellite images of Almeria, Spain for a shocking show and tell.
    Alas, I failed. I can’t figure out if policy or a technical issue prevented my link. If you care to, do a GIS of the underlined words.

  38. DollSubtle says:

    A tornado? In a no-fly zone? These strawberries need more protection.

  39. Michael Smith says:

    It looks like absolutely fantastic thermalling conditions. I reckon you could launch a paraglider just standing on the ground and fly for hours.

  40. Paul Coleman says:

    It looks to me like that is Agribon (or something like it). It’s basically a fabric spun from polypropylene (yes plastic), that is used as a frost protection blanket or insect protection. As an organic farmer, I can tell you that this is a much more sustainable way of keeping bugs from destroying my crops than chemical sprays. I also reuse what is in decent enough shape to re-use from year to year. I expect he’s upset because it isn’t that cheap and if he’s using it for either he’s going to have to salvage/untangle it and hand roll it back out. That doesn’t look fun.

    The above information aside, that was absolutely beautiful to watch.

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