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Cactus flowers, 1 day wonders

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ztryfe, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    Yes, these bloom for a day, two days at the most for the echinocereus.

    Here is how it looks the day before:

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    pack of blooms inbound!
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Bloomed last night:

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    Echinopsis
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Close up of a flower:

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    Echinopsis
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    And they'll die out this afternoon.

    This Echinocereus bloomed yesterday morning:

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    Echinocereus
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    (Dont touch the buds... its for your safety)

    Here is how it looks once open:

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    echinocereus rubispinus
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    And obliged closeup :

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    Bloom, headshoot!
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    This one lasts twice as long, trice! if we're extremely lucky.

    Now for more durable ones:

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    We have a pack of blooms inbound!
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    This Thelocactus is gearing up for a penta-bloom, pictures to come, once they all pop!

    All taken handheld, with the Vivitar S1 105mm f2.5 Macro

    Update on August 12:

    Coryphantas have been putting a show lately:

    20351586436_8298794cbb_b. Coryphanta Retusa (yellower variant) by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Obligatory Macro:

    20198919590_924860768a_b. Coryphanta Retusa macro by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    These flowers last 2 days.

    the Gymnocalycium, not to be undone, bloomed too:

    19815829273_bc19331fa6_b. gymnocalycium mihanovichii by Ztryfe, on Flickr
    20510622422_6c00390a07_b. Gymnocalycium by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    20331430218_9f869b5c8a_b. Gymnocalycium macro by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Gymnocalycium flowers live for a longer time, 3 days!

    And a personal favorite of mine, a mammillaria solisioides, is full on bloom time:
    20331380410_e678e58b25_b. mammillaria solisioides by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    20519485615_120261ddaa_b. mammillaria solisioides macro by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    The solisioides blooms last about 2 days, but they come in packs, and staged packs, so its more rewarding than say, echinopsis, that blooms for just a couple of hours.

    Yet another update:

    The Coryphantha Retusa came up with a double bloom:

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    Coryphantha Retusa Double bloom!
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    Went full bokeh with the S1 Macro:
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    Coryphantha Bokeh Bloom
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    almost like an abstract picture!

    Update Sept 24

    f2.5, yes!
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    Mammillaria pectinifera dream
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

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    Mammillaria pectinifera blooming dream
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2015
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

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    IMO, all good shots there...2, 5, and 6 are my favs
     
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  3. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    I am somewhat proud of 2 and 6, they came out really well, thanks !
     
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  4. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I'm really liking what you're getting out of that lens.
     
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Dave
    They are quite neat how they bloom so rapidly.
     
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  6. DigitalD

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    David K Fonseca
    Nice set! Ive heard of these but I don't think I have ever looked at them this closely. Don't have these in South Florida :p Awesome!
     
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  7. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Nick
    Wow, very nice set of flower photos! Great colors, nice work :)
    My favs are the two close ups and the #7 :thumbsup:
     
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  8. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    Attached Files:

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  9. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Yes it did!
    Are these hand held shots?
    Nice work.
     
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  10. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    Thanks!

    Yep, all hand held.

    The penta bloom lasted just a day, one of the flowers opened early.
     
  11. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Will
    Lovely! Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    New Update

    A different take on the Echinopsis bloom, this one was taken at 2 am, when it was about an hour into opening:

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    Echinopsis
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    I wanted to play the composition more on this one, in favor of the time of the bloom, the cactus and the flower opening, feedback?

    My Astrophytum myriostigma pop'd a triple bloom:

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    Astrophytum Triple bloom
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    And this unidentified guy, (Gymnocalycium ?? the spines say otherwise, but the clumping... I am not sure on this one), surprised me with a tetra bloom, again, this lasted only a night, flowers were dead in the morning.

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    Gymnocalycium??
    by Ztryfe, on Flickr

    They smelled like mango / peach :)

    Handheld, with the Vivitar S1 105mm f2.5 Macro
     
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  13. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    *bump, just edited the first post with some more images., hope its ok (in case you're an admin reading this)
     
  14. SpaceManSpiff

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    Eric
    Wow, love these! Digging the Mammilaria! I have been doing quite a bit of "cactus macro" myself since getting my micro-nikkor lens --isn't it crazy how short time they bloom? I see a flower one morning, and most often unless I return the same day --they're bloomed out. So ephemeral. Around here, some folks have Tricocereus (sp?) in their yard with massive flowers.

    Are you using a flash for the daytime shots?
     
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  15. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    Thanks Eric!

    There is another Mammillaria I like as much, and have, but its quite young and has bloomed just sparingly, google for Mammillaria pectinifera, its a pink version of the solisioides.

    The Trichocereus genus is under heavy discussion, most folks group it into Echinopsis, I have some neighbours with huge specimens and bright, large and ephemeral crimson flowers, I'll stop by and take some pictures later.

    Nope, no flash, all handheld with the Vivitar S1 105mm Macro, I bet I look somewhat odd taking these :D
     
  16. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Will
    So gorgeous! That lens lives up to its reputation.
     
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  17. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    another bump, added ├╝ber creamy shots of a pectinifera bloom, f2.5 is really sweet on the S1 105mm Macro