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