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Old May 14, 2007, 11:50 PM   #1
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This is a flash shot of necessity (so close range focus a hair off).... it is of a Night Blooming Cerius cactus flower.

They start about now and do it every couple of weeks until late October.... sort of the same schedule as hurricane season 1 month early ofset... though we did already actually have the A storm named this month :shock:.

The bloom is about 6" across (The cactus branch behind probably 4+", and each blooms for just ONE night only. (Though a large cactus could have dozens, so seems to bloom for a week as they don't all the same night, but each flower only blooms one night.

(Lens is Tamron LD 28-200mm)
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Old May 15, 2007, 12:01 AM   #2
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An interesting lesson on the blooming cactus and a great photo. I learned something new, thanks for sharing!


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Old May 15, 2007, 12:41 AM   #3
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Thanks and here is a side view, and below is the rather phalic/asparagus like flower bud, that will likely bloom tomorrow night. (Judging by the lighter green showing it is starting to expand)

After bloom they slowly turn black, and then drop off, hanging by a thread that comes from the core of the bud/flower. (And they close back up to about the way the next one looks, now)

You can actually preserve them in bloom a day or so though by picking them in bloom and putting them in a fridge.
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Old May 15, 2007, 2:18 PM   #4
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Cool shot, better story. Didn't know that there were flowers that only bloom at night.

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Old May 15, 2007, 4:44 PM   #5
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Nice shots Hayward!

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Old May 15, 2007, 11:06 PM   #6
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Now as you will notice as I predicted last night.....

Upper one is already starting to blacken and will shortly fall off hanging by the thread, and tonight the lower one is blooming as I suspected by it's bulge last night.... again a one night only performance.
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For any still interested here is the withering string thing I was talking about at bloom withering....

Maybe to insure it doesn't blow off and ends up on the same OK ground the parent plant is growing on?
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