Time lapse photography can be very cool, especially when it features something like plants. It can open up (no pun intended) a whole world that simply cannot be seen by the naked eye. But who would be mad enough to leave their expensive camera outside for hours on end? Problem solved with this...
Hammacher Schlemmer have produced this clever little waterproof camera which is specifically design to capture time lapse movies of your growing garden.
It can focus as close as 20" away to illustrate petal growth or, with its wide 54" field of view, it can capture perennials as they grow to conceal your spent spring bulb foliage. The camera takes a picture at one of six pre-determined intervals (five seconds to 24 hours) and combines them into a single 1280 x 1024 resolution AVI movie file for easy playback on a computer. It has a light sensor that turns off the camera at dusk and back on at dawn, allowing for continued video capture each day. Movies are timestamped and stored on the camera's removable 2GB USB flash drive, which can take up to 18,000 pictures. The camera's weather-resistant exterior enables operation between 122° F and 14° F. Four AA batteries (not included) provide up to four months of operation (using the one photo/hour setting).
The whole thing is mounted on a stake for easy positioning. Take a look here to order one.