Watch Spring flowers take a colorful hold over Louisville’s neighborhoods

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The first day of Spring isn’t until Sunday, March 20, but Louisville is already beginning to see the first washes of color lining its streets.

Eric Stemen of Ocean Llama Timelapse & Video Production created the above film, titled Louisville in Bloom, showcasing the colorful beauty of flowering trees set against the architecture of some of Louisville’s most noted neighborhoods. And the entire film is set to a track by Kentucky’s own Ben Sollee.

“Photographing spring is a race against time,” Stemen wrote on his company’s blog. “For a fleeting moment each year trees become giant flowers, then transform into the way we see them the 11 months of the year, either with leaves or bare.”

Stemen's timelapse video equipment in front of the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on York Street. (Courtesy Ocean Llama)
Stemen’s timelapse video equipment in front of the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on York Street. (Courtesy Ocean Llama)

A normal timelapse video like this might take months to gather the footage, Stemen says, but he was able to shoot almost every day last April 2015 to gather the footage for this film. These colorful trees don’t stay colorful for long. After 30 days filming, Stemen whittled his 92 locations down to 66 that appear in the film.

Most of Stemen’s footage focused on Old Louisville and neighborhoods around Cherokee Park, where flowering trees are plentiful, but he also includes scenes from Downtown, SoBro, and other neighborhoods.

Stemen got the idea for the timelapse video after seeing a friend’s Facebook photo of a street in full bloom.

“Often when I think of a city known for flowering trees I think of Washington DC with their cherry blossoms,” Stemen wrote. “But if you want something a little closer to home with less tourists just take a walk through Old Louisville or around the Cherokee park neighborhoods, they are in incredible site to see.”

[Correction: An earlier version of this article neglected to note that the soundtrack to the film is by Ben Sollee. The article has been updated.]
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Branden Klayko

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Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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