Terje Sorgjerd, a photographer and filmmaker from Norway, captured this amazing time lapse movie from the top of El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. “The Mountain” captures the heavens in a way I have not experienced it. And what may have seemed like a disaster at the time, Sorgjerd captured a large sandstorm backlit by Grand Canary Island and the movement of the Milky Way. It makes for a remarkable scene about :30 seconds into the piece.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “to produce the images, Sorgjerd captures still images for up to five hours, and then combines those stills into a time-lapse sequence lasting mere seconds. He says he increase the photos’ color saturation to enhance their colors.”

As a amateur photographer who is particularly fond of landscapes I am in awe of the beauty that Sorgjerd has captured and shared. It’s both inspiring and majestic. With Earth Day 2011 just last week, these scenes celebrate the wonder and beauty found on this little blue planet and makes me want to explore every corner of this great Earth.

Since I was a child I’ve been excited to see the Aurora Borealis, or the northern lights. The way the curtains of light dance across the northern hemisphere must be a beautiful sight. As a bonus, Sorgjerd has captured this beautiful phenomenon as well in his piece “The Aurora”. One day I hope to stand on El Tiede and experience the views myself, as well as see the northern lights with my own eyes.

You can find Terje Sorgjerd on Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo.