Friday, June 12, 2009

Art Blog: Here Then Are!

I am not a nature person. However, sometimes you just have to stop and look at the miracles happening outside. Yesterday’s post spoke of some cactus flowers in my yard. They only bloom only one night per year. So, I went out at 9pm and took these shots. They weren’t even in full bloom yet. I wanted to take shots later, but I fell asleep.
It is 7:30am now. The blooms have already wilted.
Such a short life for such beauties!

Night-Blooming Cereus
Queen of the Night ~ Deer-Horn Cactus

Peniocereus greggii
(Cereus greggii)


Kathy Hodge said...

Those are wild, they look like something you'd see on one of the planets on the Star Trek TV show. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Sheree Rensel said...

Kathy, Yes! Or remember that movie with the plant characters. Ahhhh, what is the name of that movie? Ahhh Little Shop of Horrors?

Terry ( said...

The store of these flowers is kind of sad but I wonder if that is only because we put a time period on things.

My hope is that the flower did not know it was only open for one night. Hopefully the flower
experienced a very full and rewarding life doing the exact thing it was created to do. Maybe it's only purpose was to give you those few minutes of enjoyment as you experienced it's life.

Humans have decades of life and often never get close to doing what they were created to do, even for one night.


Sheree Rensel said...

Isn't this the truth! What we would we do if we only had 24 hours of life?
These flowers seem OK with it. They look very happy and healthy! :-)

gilda said...

So beautiful! They remind me of fireworks bursts, which also have a very short lifespan!

Gayle said...

I couldn't wait to see your post with the open blooms, and I wasn't disappointed. Those flowers certainly compensate for their rare blooming with a fantastic display. Isn't Mother Nature grand?

JafaBrit's Art said...

wow, those are so beautiful, never seen anything like it.

namastenancy said...

Mad Flowers of the tropics! I lived in Florida when I was a teenager and I never saw this but then, I was a teen and probably had my mind on other things. Awesome flowers!

Sheree Rensel said...

Gilda, Gayle, Jaf, and Nancy, I totally agree. These blow my mind every year. I can't get over it. The only sad thing is looking outside and seeing the dropping dead blooms. Such a short, but beautiful life.

Martha Marshall said...

Sheree, that is a spectacular display! Mine are in a huge pot sitting in a back corner of the yard. I was sad the other morning when I went out and saw that two had come and gone already, unseen by any human!

I can never get enough of their beauty.

steven edward streight said...

Wow. Why not use nature in your art? I take flowers and paint on them, or other things, sticks, rocks, etc.