Nine hours of a Cassandra flower blooming
“Echinopsis” is the name for a large family of cacti that originally hails from the hills and mountains of South America, not the desert setting we often associate with cacti.
“Since I was a kid I’ve always loved succulents and cacti. One year I ended up at a local garden shop and picked up [a] cactus for my collection. A couple years later it put out these awesome flowers, unlike others I had seen. It just kept blooming. It really went to town.(…) My passion for the cacti themselves soon morphed into a passion for imaging them. Echinopsis flowers only last a day from opening to wilting, and are at their peak for only an hour or two. I felt compelled to capture their brief existence in some way and began to photograph the blooms in the hopes of preserving some dimension of their stunning beauty. The jump from still images to timelapse videos was a short one. One of my sons has a videography business. Seeing his commercial timelapse work motivated me to try creating timelapses to catch my Echinopsis in the act of blooming.” Greg Krehel
via [National Geographic]