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Freaky Flowers: Vibrant Timelapse Features Dozens of Gorgeous Cacti Blooming

By Hanssie on July 11th 2015

There’s a website called Watching Grass Grow, where people can tune in and, well, watch grass growing live via webcam. Really, they have more Facebook followers than I do. While watching greenery grow doesn’t seem all that exciting and also like a large investment of time, the Echinopsis Cactus actually bloom overnight and the flowers only last one day.

According to cactus enthusiast turned cactus photographer, Greg Krehel, the flowers that bloom from this cactus only are at its peak for about an hour or two. Looking for a way to preserve its beauty made Krehel turn to photography. Having never owned a DSLR before, Krehel quickly purchased one and learned what he needed to create the beautiful images. In the following timelapse, Krehel documents a dozen blooming cacti from his collection. When they look like they are about to bloom, he brings them inside and sets his camera on them.



The flowers are vibrant and colorful, a gorgeous display of nature. They are so vivid that Krehel uses Photoshop “to reduce the intensity of the colors [the] camera captures. [He has] reduced the color saturation in every timelapse clip in this video by a minimum of 10% and some by 30% or more in order to have something that wasn’t just completely blown out.

Amidst a stark black backdrop, the flowers come to life in this captivating 4 minute timelapse. To read more about these beautiful plants, check out Greg Krehel’s website here.

Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom

[from EchinopsisFreak on Vimeo].

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Peter Nord

    Surely ‘freaky ‘ doesn’t really apply to these beautiful flowers. I live in forest country which this year seems to have rain every day. We don’t have cacti. It was a pleasure to peak into another’s environment. For freaky try the different kinds of mushrooms that daily pop up in this rain.

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  2. Bill Bentley

    Excellent! I love cacti.

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  3. Zeralda LaGrange

    That was amazing. Thank you for sharing this. It was almost hypnotic.

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  4. Scott Trombley

    A very cool timelapse. Thank you for sharing!

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