Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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.