EVEN MORE CHRISTMAS CACTUS

I must admit, this is the most amazing bloom I’ve ever gotten from any of my cacti. Not only are there a lot of flowers — new flowers replacing earlier flowers — but the flowering is lasting a long time.

This morning, while I was fixing my coffee and toast, I realized there was sunshine in the dining room. For the first time in weeks, the cacti were brightly lit. I was torn. Eat my warm toast  –or take pictures of flowers.

Of course I took the pictures because you can make toast any time, but sunlight on flowers is a brief moment. Later, my toast was cold but the pictures came out great. All that bright sunlight let me get some use out of my macro lens.

Macros are such weird lenses. They either do amazing, fantastic work … or they make you crazy with frustration. This was one of the good days. I used a different kinds of processing to catch both the colors and the complexity of the blooms.

Flower of the Day



Categories: #Flowers, #gallery, #Photography, Art and special effects, Macro

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21 replies

  1. Toast be damned! Sorry but I couldn’t resist. Our pleasure, sorry toast!

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  2. And they are indeed beautiful. I believe I’d have done the same. What a thrill. Beautiful, vibrant and joyous.

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  3. I’m loving your cactus flowers. 😀

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  4. You have to love those Christmas Cactus. They are gorgeous. Do you think we are going to get a break in the weather?
    Leslie

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  5. What beautiful pictures of blooms! They make my poor attempts look shoddy…and I take a LOT of pictures of my flowers. Of course, I am using my phone. lol I have never gotten a Christmas Cactus to bloom, what’s the secret?

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    • The secret is letting it dry out COMPLETELY before watering it. Dry as a bone. Then water and let it dry again. Keep it by a window and prefer a room where people don’t turn the lights on a lot. Natural lighting helps it establish blossoms. But a phone isn’t going to get you great macros. Sometimes, even a macro lens doesn’t get you great macros 😀

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  6. Beautiful captures- worth postponing the toast!

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  7. Glorious shots – i’m glad they came back after your break! 🙂

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  8. I am glad you let your toast get cold, a wise choice

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