Friday Floral – Weekly Challenge: Threshold

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.

pink cactus flowers

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!

pink cactus flowers

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.

pink cactus flower

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.

 

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  7. Bob

    Tammy ….You never cease to impress me with your professional talent…..I love to view fantastic photos.

    YOU are an ARTIST…..Proud of ya…..

    bob

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