I Love Two Weeks of Blooming Joy
Two Weeks of Thanksgiving Cactus Blossoms
My Thanksgiving Cactus kicked into gear during a drought it suffered when I was away for a few weeks.
The poignant blooms surprised me with their unexpectedness and the variations in their shapes.
I decided to post a photograph of the first buds on my facebook page, as documentation. The photo was no great shakes of an aesthetic piece - just a snapshock that said "yep, I bloomed." I posted it the first evening.
Next morning I was stunned to see how fast the bloom was developing and the change was remarkable, so I took another picture, and I was hooked.
Each day for two weeks I've shot the cactus blossoms, and have fallen in love with the variety of shapes and styles of blooms. Maybe I got carried away, but this is the kind of transportation I enjoy. Hope you find your pleasure here too.
photo credits: All Photos by Leslie Sinclair I made this lens on a MacBook Pro with Retina Display
The Documentary Photo That Started It All
1st Day of Blooming Joy
Feeling the need for respite from the dreadful state of world, national, state and community affairs, I plunged into this photography journal with delight. Each day's bloom seemed more splendid than that from the previous day. This is the first full blossom, and it opened so rapidly.
2nd Day of Blooming Joy
Where yesterday there was only one flower, today there were two.
Favorite Watering Can for Indoor Plants
With this pot I can direct the right amount of water to right spot in the pot.
It looks charming and will last a lifetime. I've had mine for 20 years.
3rd Day of Blooming Joy
Each blossom carried a special appearance.
4th Day of Blooming Joy
I inherited this cactus plant from my mother, who was an over-waterer. Her three cacti suffered root rot, so she pinched off stems and planted them in one pot.
5th Day of Blooming Joy
Each day I was surprised by the variety of stances of the blossoms.
6th Day of Blooming Joy
7th Day of Blooming Joy
I began to pair some of my favorite objects with the blossoms.
8th Day of Blooming Joy
Sometimes you want the window light behind the flower to catch its delicacy.
9th Day of Blooming Joy
All three colors are blooming at the same time.
10th Day of Blooming Joy
White is the biggest challenge to photograph.
11th Day of Blooming Joy
The retro cup set seemed a perfect fit for this stunning flower.
12th Day of Blooming Joy
Today's gentle look.
13th Day of Blooming Joy
Today blossom rests on an artpiece of mine.
14th Day of Blooming Joy
An elegant Asian feel from the iron teapot.
2 Weeks of Blooming Joy
I continue to get a few more photographs from this small plant, more than I had envisioned.
Learn to Grow These Flowers Videos
Is This Something You Want to Do?
Can You Grow Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Cactus Too?
Yes, they have the most splendid blossoms.
Resources on Growing Thanksgiving & Christmas Cactus
Resources for Photographing Flowers
Photo & Painting
I paired a painting in progress with the white cactus blossom for this photograph.
You Can Do This Too
Follow the sources I provide here, or use your own camera and plants...
I used both of these cameras in this series. Find them below, at eBay and Amazon.
Pentax K10d Takes Fabulous Color Photos
The Pentax K10d produces predictably reliable photographs with a fluid range of colors.
The Pentax Q Delivers
My favorite mode on the Pentax Q is the close-up feature. It delivers well defined colors and sharp images with facility. I used it interchangably with my Pentax K10d and love them both.
Love This Leather Case
I love the versatility of this leather case. It is easy to snap open the sides, for impromptu photos, when you wear the camera on the strap around your neck. To remove the memory card for uploading to my laptop, I need only unsnap one snap - leaving the lens still covered and protected.