All week I have contemplated this week’s Friday Floral post. Which image(s) to share, possibly a story, how I made the image(s) or even a gallery.
Every Friday, WordPress has a Weekly Photo Challenge for all bloggers and this week’s theme is Threshold. Suggestions were given and when I read “something a bit more metaphorical like a flower about to bloom” it reminded me of some images I made last spring.
All three images are of Trichocereus Hybrid commonly known as Flying Saucer. This type of cactus is a night-blooming species with the blooms being about 6 inches in diameter. The blooms open at night and once the sun hits them the next day it doesn’t take long for the blooms to wilt. I was fortunate to be at the Desert Botanical Garden one evening just as two blooms were beginning to open.
This first image was taken about a half hour before sunset in a shaded area of the garden. The blooms are just starting to open.
I waited patiently and watched the blooms open, flashlight in hand that I keep in my camera bag, to illuminate the blooms as they opened. It is quite a sight to see, and would be a great time-lapse photography project!
Unfortunately, I was unable to go back early the next morning to make images of the blooms fully opened. However, a week later there was another bloom that opened that I was able to capture very early in the morning.
The cacti are already blooming and it won’t be long before the night-blooming species will be blooming as well. As with the wildflowers, the cacti are blooming earlier than usual this year which means the scorching summer will be here soon.