My trip prep is gearing up and I don't have a huge amount of time to devote to research for here. So I think what I might do today is relay a couple videos.
Really awesome videos. All by the same guy: German filmmaker Gogol Lobmayr. He's made a series of three videos over the years which he calls the 'Fascinating Nature' series.
This one, the original 'Fascinating Nature', was made in 1996.
Lobmayr struck again in 1999 with the 53-minute 'Colors of Earth'.
In 2004, he made 'Seven Seasons'. Budget another hour and a half.
He's currently at work on a fourth project called 'Wonderful World', slated to run 100 minutes. Hooray for that.