Spooky waving plant attracts attention: “Hi! Come look at me!”

Have fun watching these observers freak out over what they find along a woodland trail.

Here is part two when they return and it’s still going strong.

Several of the commenters on YouTube and on Live Leak have hit on what the answer is to this odd behavior. Notice a few things: the shape of the leaf and the slight breeze that is moving the vegetation behind this plant. It sticks straight up and has an airfoil structure. Therefore it is catching the slightest of current which perhaps is it’s resonating frequency making it… resonate. The same thing happens, unfortunately, with bridges. Other commenters noted they have observed this in plants in their areas as well.

Here is one example of someone explaining the physics:

[...]It has characteristics that allow air pressure to be lesser on the windward side and higher on the leeward side, thus creating movement in a direction only held or forced by the fulcrum, which in this case is the plant stem itself keeping it adhered to the ground and thus causing mandatory motion with no where else to go.
-via LiveLeak.com – Mysterious swaying plant.

Also, I noted in the comments that people GOT MAD when the explanation was given. They wanted it to be a creature signaling you from underground, a haunted forest, a nest of spiders, etc. Why can’t this really amazing and fascinating thing be appreciated for what it is – nature just doing something weird and beautiful.

And, just to note, because we study such things, there aren’t any Tacoma Narrows bridge disasters anymore. Yay science.

  7 comments for “Spooky waving plant attracts attention: “Hi! Come look at me!”

  1. Bob
    April 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I guessed it, but it is an awesome effect. It reminds me of the singing bush in The Three Amigos.

  2. Karl
    April 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Aspen do something similar, hence the name “quaking aspen.” The leaf blade and the petiole are at right angles to each other, so the system moves in the slightest air currents.

  3. RDW
    April 14, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Just a guess, but I think those might be called Wild Ginger. It’ll unfold.

  4. RDW
    April 14, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Strike the previous guess. I think it’s a Penny Wort.

  5. April 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    What I find most spooky is that the observer repeats, “There’s no wind,” when I can see other plants being moved by wind in the video while he says that. It’s so easy for us to blind ourselves to what we don’t believe and believe in what we want instead.

  6. April 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    In the first video, the camera man states that nothing else is moving around the plant. If you look at all the branches and plants in the background, they are moving as well but with not as much force from the wind.

  7. Brian
    April 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    We had a similar thing the other night. Passed the g/f’s work, and we *both* “saw” a young black man in a hoodie, texting on his phone on the porch of the office. I could even name the color of his hoodie- dark blue. It moved like a person, and looked like a person.

    It was a banana plant, moving in the breeze.

    We have no explanation for what we saw…. shared hallucination? Darn good pariedoila(sp)? Ghost? (hadda throw that one in. :-D) Seriously… we are completely stumped how we both saw what we did- so similar.

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