Night queen flowers all bloom within a few days of each other. This tropical variety on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona decided it would be October 20th. The flowers open at night and fade away after sunrise, collapsing by mid day. The plant is a cactus vine that grows as a hedge, and the spectacular flowers are four or five inches across and quite showy. There is a different variety in the Arizona desert that blooms in June. The Arizona variety has a bare stick-like stem, so the challenge is to show the characteristics of the plant and the flower all in one photo. I gave up.
The plant was growing by a busy street, so I started with a photo of the locale. That establishes that we are definitely not dealing with a desert plant.
I want to show the cactus vine “foliage” and the way the blossoms quickly fade.
Of course the showy flowers are the center of attraction. I tried a number of combination of blossoms and various angles. Backlighting of a single flower worked the best.
Now the job is to put it all together, perhaps with a spliced panorama that shows the flower, the hedge vine, faded blossoms, and the street. Not a chance; that’s too much to juggle. The flower wins over the textbook lesson on night queens.
Perhaps I can work out a plan for capturing the whole scene and go back next October 20th.