I’m watching this guy. Shot this last night 3:30 a.m. Doing my best to make it for the grand opening.
Do you know the night-blooming cereus? It is a flower most strange and magical. It blooms for a few hours, only at night. By morning it’s wilted. It has a mild, almost-lemony fragrance and, when completely opened, it is the size of a human hand with fingers spread wide. The bud starts from the side of a leaf that looks like a succulent. The size of the stem and blossom when mature, dwarf the leaf and the leaf’s stem. This image is the beginning of the opening, which usually takes about a half hour. More cereus images to come.
I bought this beauty because she made me think of my Mom, who used to smoke and would have loved this red woman-creature. Every September since my Mom died, I put Devil Woman on the table with vases of fresh flowers and fruit, chocolate and dinosaurs. The dining room table becomes my Mom’s Day of the Dead shrine. I don’t want anyone to forget her. Devil woman would have made my Mom laugh, and maybe sing.