A New Year’s  Christmas Cactus – FOTD – 1-4-19

The buds have been big since before Christmas, but this cactus waited until the New Year to bloom. I suppose that would make it a New Year’s cactus?

The buds were pink and the bud which has not yet opened is also dark pink, but after opening, it seems more red than pink. In any case, that’s what the camera picked up.

The leaves are translucent, so how red or pink the blossom appears depends on the light.


It was a sunny day. I had to wait until the sun wasn’t directly on the flower. I need the brightness of the sun, but in full sun, parts of the flower burn out and processing the pictures becomes problematic.

Very close

It’s easier to wait an hour until the sun has moved to the west a few degrees. This time of year, it doesn’t take long for the sun to move along.

These are all macros because that’s the lens I had on the camera. Besides,  what’s the point of having a macro lens if you don’t use it to photograph flowers?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

24 thoughts on “AND SO BLOOMS ANOTHER CHRISTMAS CACTUS – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. Honestly, it has been a LOT of work to get used to my macro lens. They are moody lenses and don’t always focus the way you expect them too — especially because they have more than one point of focus — there is a long focus and a very close focus. Sometimes, the lens gets lost and doesn’t know where to focus. It’s easier if the light is strong and you have a sharp edge to work with, but when everything is soft, it’s hard to convince the lens that it’s a macro and not a medium long lens. It took me a lot of practice to MOSTLY get it right. Mostly. But not always.

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        1. Things grow for me. I think it’s like cooking. You have “kitchen sense” and you know how to feel your way around a kitchen, even if it isn’t yours. Plants are like that. You sort of feel your way around them. Some do very well … and some don’t. The ones that don’t do well, you don’t grow. You find something that will grow in the light you have in YOUR house. Plants can be very funny about light. The right light is really 90% of growing them. The rest is watering when they need it and not when they don’t!


    1. I realize that I grow pretty much all my own flowers. Messily mind you. Nothing neat or orderly in my world but things do grow for me. They always have. I tell people it’s my special brand of benign neglect, but I think it’s also timing. Knowing when it’s the right time to move or rotate or water something and when it’s time to chop it way back. Some people sort of “feel it” and others just don’t. My mother could grow anything. She believed you had to grow plants in groups because they talked to each other. Who was I to argue?

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