Really spectacular photos of that exquisite flower.
I have had trouble with some little moth certain years. Not sure where it came from but can be very difficult to get rid of. Finally found some traps for the male of the species (I feel badly attracting him with the false scent of a female) but life is hard, even for this little moth which is quite pretty if it wasn't such a pest. Haven't seen any for a long time now. Good luck getting rid of your beetles. I surely don't want them.
So you have to be quick to capture these photos right? How do you know which night they will bloom? Great pics, even if they were from last year...
Sorry to hear about your invaders but if you pop across to my blog there just may be a few posts up about something that will make you smile... *wink wink*
oh nooooo you missed them this year?? How could that happen? I'm so sorry you missed them... they are soooo gorgeous and special
As always, great photos. Thanks for acquainting me with that plant. I've not heard of it before.
With such a brief window, it is remarkable that you got those wonderful pictures. I remember my mother telling me about them in Key West but never had the privilege to catch ours in bloom. Thank you.
I do love these and I know what you mean about missing it! I had a plant for many years, I made a big effort to not miss them but it was too often I've find the spent flower the next day. The plant got so large that it bloomed a lot, such a beauty, such a thrill and then one day it suddenly died, I never knew why. Thanks for the memories!
I believe nature sings because you have the artist's gift of letting us see it through your eyes. In anyone else's hands, it would be just a flower. In yours, it's something to be experienced, remembered and treasured.
Thanks for this, Naomi. I needed a dose of rare beauty today!
What an exquisite flower and great pictures. I also like that quote from Tennessee Williams. I don't recall having heard that one before and obviously I never saw that play, although I have heard of it.
You take such detailed pictures Naomi! I love the idea of a night-blooming flower. I don't think I ever knew they existed!
It is a shame that those flowers only bloom and show their splendidness one night per year. I guess that is what makes them extra special too, so I shouldn't complain. Luckily, you've captured so many great pics of them, so that when you do miss their opening, you have the pics to see from other years.
I enjoyed your Musso and Frank posts!! You really gave that place a marvelous tribute. I love the interesting stories about your connections with Robert and Sondra Blake, Jack Nicholson, and Sharon Gless and her wonderful husband. What a great tradition Musso and Frank has become in the lives and families and friendships of so many people over the years. I plan to eat there again!!! As for the Low Cal Plate... I won't be ordering that.
Thanks for sharing a memorial tribute for Bill Hunt.
I planned to do a 9-11 tribute, but did not do so.
We lost so many lovely people on that sad, sad day.
I know we will never forget the losses suffered.
I hope you are doing better these days. If you get a chance, send an email and let me know how you are doing. I hope your health is stronger and things are improving overall.
Life has been too busy for us lately. I prefer things to be less hectic, but that's how things go from time to time. Courtney is all settled in her new place that she shares with two college friends. Taylor and the Reverend are doing well also. It's good to visit here at your blog again.
I think of you often and hope to see you again one of these days.
Oh, how I'd love to have one night with that flower! It's incredibly gorgeous and like nothing I've ever seen before. I'd film it if I could...all night. Wow! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us, Naomi!
I have to admit it is beautiful and I have seen one before if I remember right but just dont remember where right off hand.. Troubling times are here and we are all feeling them in our own ways arent we???? Hugs my friend and I hope you find peace in these beautiful flowers you present us.
Wow what an amazing story behind this flower. I'm so pleased you managed to get photos of it last year.
The quality of the photos are incredible as always.
You'll have me buying flowers at this rate!
These are truly lovely Naomi and do, indeed, look like a cup and saucer! I had a Cereus once and was amazed at that wonderful flower that only bloomed that one night a year and the next day it was gone. Nature is so awesome!!
Great pictures of the lovely bloom!!
So sorry about the beetles bugging you. You had the ants and now these. Enough already!!
Take care of yourself Naomi. Have some truffles!! :) (((HUGS)))
You seem to be having a midsummer night's dream, I fear.
So you must stand tall and speak the words of the bard, Naomi dear.
Resolutely declaim in tones loud and clear.
BEETLES BLACK, APPROACH NOT NEAR!
Your presence is most certainly not wanted here!
(lol) (I hope)
the fat lady
I'm sorry that you missed them this year, Naomi, but these photos are just exquisite and the blossoms are a "symphony" of beauty.
I hope your beetles will be eradicated soon.
What fantastic shots of a gorgeous flower!!
They are all lovely but my favourite is the third one down - it blows up so beautifully.
Loved the quote. If ever there was a flower that epitomised Blanche I think that would be it- perfection for one glorious moment and then down hill all the way. Poor Blanche.
I really hope the pesky beetles are small and that they will be eradicated without mercy - the wretches.
Thank you for the beauty:)
Oh! What a treat to brighten up a very gray and rainy day out here on the opposite coast. I love all your flower pictures, but this one was a burst of much-needed sunshine. I wonder, does it have a scent? I don't know whether cactus flowers generally do or not.
Hope the bugs scatter pronto! I'll bet Sweetie is having fun chasing them, though.
I really did enjoy them. So lovely.
I never tire of looking at your beautiful flowers. Flowers are among some of my favorite things.
Just beautiful photos Naomi! Your picture's flowers will never stop to amaze me! The night blooming Cereus looks fantastic!
I am sorry that some beetles have invaded your house...
PS: Flora asks me to say thank you for your nice comment on her post! I know you like so much Flora! Flora is very special and a great companion for me and for Carlos too. I am sorry she could not to know how many posts I did for her (LOL) and that she has such a great friends in Los Angeles, like you and Sweetie too!
Have a nice weekend!
N, what and exquisite flower this is, and so interesting!! Wonderful photo shots!! Thanks for sharing this!
isn't it amazing that something so wonderful just appears for one night
I saw the light in the flower, that made me happy
Truly beautiful. :)
What a gorgeous flower!
I wonder why they only bloom at night, and only once. There must be a reason. Maybe to attract a certain kind of nocturnal insect that pollenates them? I'll have to google it! If I find the answer, I'll let you know.
Wow Naomi, what a beautiful flower...How lucky can you be to have one in your back yard...I love your flower garden....Hope you are feeling well.
I can FEEL how soft they are!
One night only? That's amazing!
I am a long time reader and mostly a lurker- but I just felt compelled to tell you how much I adore your blog!!! I love your posts and I aspire to be like you and your lovely friends. As I traverse my forties I am cherishing my female friends and look forward to spending the next thirty to forty years feting our lives.
Thanks for such a lovely blog. I also loved your posts about Europe, love your show posts and covet your amazing plant and art collection.
What amazing photos you took Naomi! They are so rich in detail and you managed to capture the beauty of that flower. Loves it!
What a BEAUTIFUL flower and I love that it blooms at night. I wish I had one just like it!
Like a bride or a first holy communion.
these are absolutely beautiful, Naomi
So beautiful it makes me want to weep, truly. It only blooms at night? Just exquisite.
Pesky beetles? Oh no. Where are they coming from?
You are so gifted, I wonder do you really know how much? You work your magic on us you know. I would love to see all your gorgeous photos in a book. Can you imagine? How could we make that happen?
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