The second one was taken just about Midnight, when these flowers were wide open....It is rather dark, but it is the best I could do without shining a light on them and possibly scaring them into thinking it was Daylight!!! (lol)
The third Video was taken the next morning....almost 12 hours later...And they were completely closed up, which is what they do. One night, once a year.....That is it. And if you miss it, well then....you have to wait another year to catch this amazing "happening"! I said it on the video...These flowers are Magical. In point of fact, they are 'Other Worldly'.....
And then....here are some actual still pictures of these Beautiful Flowers....They are truly special...I would go so far as to say...They Are Some of the Most Spectacular Blossoms I Have Ever Seen, In My Life!
More To Come......
Naomi, they are just magnificent, and I am so glad you caught them in both video and photos.
Oh Naomi, Thank goodness you didn't stay indoors all day!!
Imagine all that effort for one night of glory.
I'd never heard of these before. How wonderful to witness these special moments in Creation.
Thanks for sharing the pics and video.
Terrific photos! I hope you'll blossom that well next time!! xx
Just amazing, truly magical this Night Blooming Cereus, Naomi! Great videos and photos! You did a good job here!
Have a nice weekend!
Those are stunning. What a clever idea for a post to show those three videos. You have such an eye for these things Naomi. Well done!
What a natural magic moment we are witness too - this was so beautiful and the moving when it was blooming came out very well Naomi. Thanks for sharing!
Wishing you a great end to your week :-)
Thank you so much for showing me that beautiful flower. I have never heard of it before. And how wonderful of you to video it for me to view as well as the wonderful photos of them.
I am at a lose for words, except to say, thank you, thank you, and thank you again....
doesn't God have a fabulous imagination! *grin*
It never ceases to amaze me that there are flowers that only bloom at night..!! I remember these but it's still simply amazing! Great shots as always Naomi!!
today, as I lokk from my sisiter's rooftop patio garden, I can see past century city and all the way up to the Getty, you must be up there somewher.. please could you gooutside and wave???
tonight I head back up to big bear to care for my own plants, and bird. it been a nice break, here at the beach.
Always love your pictures....
Those are so beautiful it kind of made my stomach hurt, like I'd had too much sugar. Oh, Naomi, thank you so much for sharing this. (hugs)
So, how do you know they're about to bloom or was it just a matter of being out there every night for a week??
Those are some spectacular photos of those lovely flowers!
How amazing are those flowers, flowering at night? You've captured nature wonderfully again.
I had never seen anything like these night bloomers. I can't believe this happens only once a year! Amazing! You're introducing us to a whole new world! Thanks for the before and after footage! It's excellent!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful display! I have had a night bloomer since my high school Horticulter class. My mother and I kept them till she passed a couple years ago and now i have them back and her thanksgiving cacti also. A few years ago I was given some different cuttings and one was a cacti that I thought I was killing , well it is like your cacti. this year a little fuzzy nott appeared and then it grew. Well, I was so enveloped with the bloom buds of my other night bloomer, I missed my madusa's bloom!! :( I called it Madusa because of the way it went crazy in the pot I planted it in. Your Buds, blooms and all are really amazing. Come visit my display. I took the photoes with my camera phone, I need a new way to capture these amazing blooms.
I have never ever seen this before and imagine blooming at night!! so cool and you snap these at night??? Don't forget your beauty sleep pal :D
I love these flowers so much! Ours had not bloomed for a few years, but bloomed in May so beautifully. It happened to be the night/day when we had a cold spell and it was rainy and overcast the morning after they bloomed, so they stayed open several more hours than I thought they would. But I do love these and they are definitely magical!
Naomi.......these are stunning photos! I have never heard of this flower before, and I LOVE the story behind them.....one night of blooming and then pffft..... It does seem otherworldly.
thank you so much for sharing the night of the blooms.....
Very cool pix, Naomi! I've never see those kinds of flowers before.
They are beautiful Naomi! I had one of these plants and it was so awesome to see it open so lovely and then the next morning there it was closing and hanging down. Truly amazing plant!!
These blossoms are INCREDIBLE! I have never seen such a thing before. You took great videos and photos, well done!
So if these flowers are only open one night, they must be expecting to be pollenated by some kind of night flying insects, perhaps moths? There wouldn't be bees out at night. I'll have to do an internet search to find out more!
Thanks for introducing me to these gorgeous and fascinating blooms, Naomi!
As one who feels much more vibrant and playful after the sun starts going down I have nothing but respect for these "night bloomers"!
Utterly amazing is the phrase that kept going through my head as I watched your video and heard you explain these very mystical flowers! Imagine! They only bloom ONCE a year for such a short time. I was not familiar with these at all, so thank you so much for sharing them with us, Naomi.
I couldn't help but think of them symbolically as SO similar to life......."One brief, shining, moment!"
Yes...these are truly amazing!
Oh, they are gorgeous! What sumptious large blooms and so beautiful. It's incredible that such an unassuming looking plant could bloom like this. Your photos and videos are wonderful. I particularly love the close ups :)
Another magical show. Thank you for staying up to catch their Cinderslla moment. Such a glorious moment and they look so sad and folorn at the end. Bit like life really:)
I love that I get a zoology or botany lesson whenever I visit! ;) You'll have to visit the boys' site sometime. Number 2 is his old self. We like to think that is a good thing! LOL!
That is amazing, I have never seen them before.
ONE NIGHT ONLY is running through my head now lol
It's amazing that those little fuzzy things become those splendid flowers! You really did capture them this time in all their glory.
It is so odd that they only last one night per year.
It makes them rare and even more special.
Glorious. Nature never sleep. What a pity that these bloom at night and no one to enjoy them...but there is one...who did! Thank you Naomi. You're a wonderful person to be sharing these with us.
What an interesting flower!
People always comment on my little "ice plants", they are a succulent and mine has the hot pink fringe-y flowers. They open up in the day and close back up at night - most people don't realize they do that.
Lovely flowers ... but the bees are freaking me out!
I'm glad I found my way back here thanks to Pat's blog. Once again, you've reminded me to enjoy the small things around me --outside my window. You've had such a rich life. I enjoyed the bees, the hawks and Huckleberry Farm.
Honestly, that first close-up and the ones that followed brought tears to my eyes. Such an exquisite beauty.
Hey Naomi, I have one night blooming plant and it only has about five blooms each year. If I don't go out back the early morning of the bloom and miss it...it's so disappointing to miss it. But it is really amazing that it only blooms once like that. Your garden is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.
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