What can I say, I’m a sucker for cereus cactus blooms, which open nocturnally this time of year for one night and one night only, closing up the next morning never to bloom again. As such, the local bees (and occasional carpenter bee) waste little time diving in to frolic in the flower’s funstuffs we until about  7 p.m. (the first four minutes). After that it’s just the progression of the petals opening wider.

I think the last cereus timelapse I posted here was of a bloom closing up at daybreak, so at least this time it’s different in that the above shows a bloom opening up at sundown.

As with any previous captures, this is a two-hour interval, in this case filmed August 23 from 6:03 to 8:03 p.m. at one frame per second via the timelapse function of a point-and-shoot Canon Powershot SD1100, supplemented by a tripod-fixed light source aimed on the blossom to provide illumination after dark.

Music via YouTube’s Audioswap feature:
Title: In And Out Of Days
Artist: C-Mon & Kypski
Album: Where The Wild Things Are