Macro Monday – In My Windows Today

I guess everybody knows this little beauty as Epiphyllum

…but its real name is Schlumbergera truncata (false Christmas cactus as a house plant

This is my beloved yellow lady!

WPC: Out of this World

Out of this world...I love this expression and all it stands for. Ben, at WordPress, turns us towards the ordinary things and experiences surrounding us, and the enigma they emanate if you look closely…

In the header, an ordinary tulip, but something out of this world when seen close-up.

My yellow cactus flowers are very beautiful, but one day when watering this plant, I saw its reflections in the marble  below. I took at least 30 photos of it that morning.


A Walk In the Cactus Garden

In fact maybe the most astonishing one I have ever seen – and I visit in every country and every city I go…But this particular garden is very well thought through, which shows in its architecture and its natural environment. (It was a Swede that started it, Sventonius.)

So, the Canary Islands’ Botanical Garden, situated just west of Las Palmas, in Tafira Baja, is well worth a visit – and not just because of its cactus garden. Let us go, tomorrow!


Nattens Prinsessa – The Princess of the Night

The Queen of the Night (Nattens drottning, Selenicereus grandiflorus) and The Princess of the Night (Nattens Princessa, Epiphyllum oxypetalum) are two species both flowering during night time. Both of them with big, white flowers emitting showers of exquisite scent. The flowers are almost identical, but the stems are different. 

My flower – the epiphyllum originates from Mexico.

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I was sent a leaf last year from my blogging friend Maria, at MariaYarri, and now, for some weeks, a giant bud was growing, fast, by the day…

We went to Riga for a couple of days, but I was constantly thinking about the fact that I might be missing out on this glorious event. But I was so lucky…

Yesterday we arrived home again – the bud was rising and now measuring about 20 cm.

Suddenly, towards evening, my daughter called from the living room that the Wonder was happening…an about 25cm large flower was unfolding.

I cut the corners short – meeting the flower from behind it looked like a star or a rocket…I was totally mesmerized by it and could not leave the room but for my cameras.

The lovely scent filled every corner, every tiny space of the room, and the two of us were both sinking into a trance…

…I simply had to catch this moment…tried the flash…but no…

It had to be natural…and from every thinkable angle. True beauty – I could not breathe.


…another world

We stayed with her through her best, 2-3 hours, but went to bed when she started to fade and lay back her petals.

This morning – she was gone.

So grateful for this moment we had together. Nature is magnificent in all her splendour.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Perspective

The perspective was difficult as well as interesting last night – my Epiphyllum ( ”Princess of the Night” in Swedish) opened its giant bud and unfolded magnificent scent and beauty. Here’s my daughter trying to photograph her despite the strange angle because we were afraid of moving the plant.

So, the perspective is …in many ways unusual.