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Tuesday - Echinopsis Goldie's Cactus Flower 3594

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posted by Ethan Winning alias Ethan.Winning on Tuesday 6th of July 2021 05:59:35 AM

Native to South America, Echinopsis spachiana is sometimes known as hedgehog cactus, sea-urchin cactus or Easter lily cactus. Whatever it's called, it was one of the hardest I've tried to photograph. I was walking toward another flower that I'd heard had just bloomed, and was at least a month early, when I look up this tall stalk (trunk) and there was this blossom which had opened within 45 minutes of me passing before. The light was great, but it was at such an angle that it made the petals translucent or I was going to face the problems I've mentioned before: some cactus flowers are waxy and have no definition until their life cycle is almost over. I shot this one flower over and over from as many angles as I could, and I came back after 30 minutes, and it seemed to be closing. Because it was three feet over my head, I couldn't get a good perspective, and I got this one image where the there's a hint of the style and stigma (the yellow parts). I love the overall pastel lavender and purple tips of the petals closest to me. Cactus flowers are seemingly more complex than all those I've seen at nurseries or cultivated gardens. Oh, they have the same parts but the colors are deeper or brighter or more "diaphanous". And, you can't just find one and shoot. Angles, light, temperature all play a part. Glad I reconnected with my first digital subjects. Btw, I called it "Goldie's Cactus Flower" because as I recall, and this is a long time ago (circa 1961), there was a movie called, "Cactus Flower," which starred Goldie Hahn. I think it may have been her first movie. She wasn't great, but a favorite actor, Walter Matthau was! I would hate to see it again: few things are as I remember them.



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