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Tom In Arizona
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Hi All...

These are two cactus flower buds getting ready to blossom.This species only blooms at night. You'd probably never look twice at the cactus when it's not in bloom, but during a 12 hour period its buds produce beautiful flowers that are about 4-5 inches in diameter. One of the many beauties of the Sonoran Desert. I'll also post a picture of what the full bloom looks like, but I thought this view of the buds was a special look at what's about to happen during total darkness.







Good luck to all this week...there are some special shots posted so far.

Tom



May 13, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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Tom - very cool shot.


May 14, 2013 at 02:24 AM
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I love this shot. For some reason it reminds me of "The Little Shop of Horrors" Fantastic!


May 14, 2013 at 01:59 PM
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Nicely done Tom!

Greg



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Hi TheBart & Amateur Couple...

Thanks for your nice comments.

And, here's the result of the all-night blooming glistening in the next morning's sun. The blossom lasted about five hours and then withered away. The left over bloom was later eaten by a passing javelina which seem to love these tasty morsels. Nothing's wasted in the desert.







Thanks again.
Tom



May 14, 2013 at 02:39 PM
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Hi Greg...

Thanks for your comment...very much appreciated especially given your photographic talents with flowers. I always click on your postings.

Tom



May 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM
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Simply beautiful Tom..both buds with that stunning lighting and the bloom..Gorgeous!

Carolyn



May 14, 2013 at 02:52 PM
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Man, I would have a conundrum in deciding which to post, both being great shots, but that open bloom has a special quality to it, especially with the skill used to maintain the detail in those whites, which are easy to over-cook!

Greg



May 14, 2013 at 03:19 PM





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