Tuesday, July 31, 2007

LIFE MASK

LIFE MASK 1
The death mask was not unusual in the past, preserving a person`s likeness at death.
This mask is to celebrate the life of a bloom which has a very short life. It does make up for it`s little time here, by having the most entrancing scent, and a large crown of petals surrounding a crowd of worshippers at the alter of fertility.
At Planet Earth, you may browse the images individually or watch them as a slideshow. Most of the images were taken as long exposures of 4 secs, or 8 secs. & bathed with light from a simple flashlight. They are taken as an experiment in light & also to honor it`s commitment to the dark. The blooms open in one hour just at sunset. They put out a gorgeous scent to attract a certain moth to them, & as the mid-morning sun warms up, they fade away. I started with this one short cactus years ago & was hooked on them after the first bloom a few years later. Now I have 8 or 9 of these cactus, & get about a dozen blooms a year from them. Some of these images are from years past but some are from tonight & they will not be around tomorrow at noon.
Enjoy them while you can.
In just a short amount of time these blooms accomplish what old oak trees accomplish in a hundred years, yet they are both equal in their purpose, to be part of planet earth.
Have a long life, please.

12 comments:

olivia said...

Good morning Head.

Your poem Floating Stars is lovely ...

I think besides the hairy crab, photos of these flowers are some of the first that we talked about ... I love how the petals are individual and the way they fall ... and of course the IBs are fantastic ... :)

I hope you're feeling better today!

Knucklehead said...

Good morning Olivia,
My vision is getting better.
Yes I remember sending out these blooms. I`m always as enthusiastic about them as ever. The scent is what makes their beauty ao hypnotic to me, but without the aroma they have an incredible power, maybe because they are so short lived they have to pack a punch.
Time to change the peom, thanks.

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