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I Love Two Weeks of Blooming Joy

Updated on July 1, 2014

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

The Documentary Photo That Started It All
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

Jatex International 24317 Hammered Watering Can
Jatex International 24317 Hammered Watering Can

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?

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

Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

The Pentax K10d produces predictably reliable photographs with a fluid range of colors.


The Pentax Q Delivers

Pentax Q 12.4 MP CMOS Sensor Kit with 8.5mm 1.9 AL [IF] Prime Lens(Black)
Pentax Q 12.4 MP CMOS Sensor Kit with 8.5mm 1.9 AL [IF] Prime Lens(Black)

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

Pentax 85226 Q Vintage Leather Case (Brown)
Pentax 85226 Q Vintage Leather Case (Brown)

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.


Do You Grow Blooming Cacti?

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @LauraHofman: Thanks, it was such a beautiful treat for me to see all those blossoms.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Beautiful photos! Our Thanksgiving cactus is blooming like crazy now...lovely salmon/peach blooms.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Pat Goltz: Wasn't I lucky to receive this plant - actually 4 in one.

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Such a beautiful plant! Thank you for sharing. I like Pentax a lot, too.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love seeing the photos day by day. I feel inspired to try something similar. Thank you.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Beautiful photography! :)

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Lovely photos. It's nice to have something flowering in the house.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. I've also bought cacti so that I could take photos of them. It makes flower photography easier.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Your photos are beautiful. Isn't it nice to have your own flowers to photograph?

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      How lovely! I really admired your photographs of cacti in bloom and enjoyed my stay very much.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      You have excellent photos in this lens, and a great presentation. Blessings.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @aesta1: Thanks. Until this blooming period I also didn't realize the plants would bloom for so long. It was so wonderful to experience.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Two weeks of joy. I did not realize the flowers last that long. These are really pretty.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Two weeks of joy. I did not realize the flowers last that long. These are really pretty.

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      Spirality 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos! My favorite is the 4th day of blooming joy.

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      gamecheathub 4 years ago

      Your photos are absolutely breathtaking. More please?!!!?

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona


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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @pheonix76: Thanks. OMG, you are so right. I'll edit the lens eventually. And I guess I should call it cacti, because it's a grouping of plants in one pot. nice point.

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      Thanks for sharing your lovely photos with us! The plants in your photos are actually "Thanksgiving cacti" or Schlumbergera truncata -- "Christmas cacti" (Schlumbergera bridgesii) don't have pointed leaves and have red blossoms. Your plants are beautiful! :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Love-squidoo: Thank you so much. I was very surprised by the richness of the plant's blooms this year and took photos every day. I used a Pentax K10d and a Pentax Q.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Thank you for the lovely Christmas Cactus photography journey!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      your pics are very perfect!!

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      Love-squidoo 4 years ago

      That is really nice and refreshing lens ... you shoot all these photographs ?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      The Christmas Cactus is really beautiful! Such lovely photography shots!

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      WellesleyWA 4 years ago

      Thanks for this Lens...reminds me Spring is on its way..

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Thanks for walking us through your Christmas cactus bloom cycle. These are beautiful.

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      slyounkin1 4 years ago

      the photos are so beautiful, thank you

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      So beautiful!

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      aylsbillones1 4 years ago

      Beautiful flowers..

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      My uncles' house in Palm Springs, CA had a cactus that bloomed once a year for just a few days. I was fortunate enough to visit when the blooming occurred. It was, as you indicated amazing.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      I love all flowers. I have gotten some ideas from you. Thanks for sharing. The photos are just beautiful.

      Squid Angel Blessed!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I LOVE Christmas cacti!!!!!! Thanks for reminding me!!! :) Blessed!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very beautiful pictures. It's exciting when a Christmas cactus does bloom. It's worth the anticipation.

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Those are some beautiful pics!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      lovely pics

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      A-Marie 4 years ago

      I would love to get 2 weeks of blooms from those flowers. Nice pictures.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I'm nuts about cacti and have them in all shapes and colors. Winter bloomers and Summer bloomers. Some are very old, they belonged to my old neighbour and his son gave them to me after his father passed away. Come to think of it, that must be 22 years ago now. Geez, how time flies. However, I never got them so full of flowers like he did. He must have had really green fingers. Blessed.

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      toronto-wedding 4 years ago

      Your fresh flowers made my day

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      kellygibson 4 years ago

      Nice flower photos.

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      JoshuaJDavid 4 years ago

      Cool flowers and nice lens. I like how you did it.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Nice photo collage!

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Your plant is amazing. Blessed :) and Happy Valentines day!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Lovely plants, thanks for sharing these pretty images.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Great lens, fantastic flower photos. A joy for our eyes!

      Two thumbs up!