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The Moonflowers are Coming!

Two moonflower blossoms beginning to open. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Two moonflower blossoms beginning to open. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Yes, it’s moonflower time here in south Louisiana! For me as a photographer, this is a special time that I await each year: the moonflower is one of my very favorite flowers to photograph. Right up there with the calla lilly in terms of its beauty and mystery. Yes, mystery: they bloom in the late evening and stay open till the early morning, just my time of day for shooting.

We weren’t sure we would get moonflowers this year. The vines were attacked by some type of bug early and have continued to look sickly. In spite of this, the buds have appeared and now the flowers are beginning to open.

A single moonflower blossom reaches toward the light. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

A single moonflower blossom reaches toward the light. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

I don’t know anything about the actual physical mechanism of this plant’s flowering process, but it seems we get these half-opened specimens for several days each year before any of them open fully. So we’re still just a bit away from the full, luxurious blooms that are coming.

The anticipation is a rich, warm feeling—some great photographic opportunities are almost here! Stay tuned.

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6 Comments on "The Moonflowers are Coming!"

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  1. David Joachim says:

    You’re not fooling’ me. Those are fancy dinner napkins you’ve folded up. Beautiful. I gotta get me some.

  2. They are amazing, aren’t they?

  3. BayouBill says:

    Andrew, how did you shoot this? Background? Lighting? Lens?

  4. DrTeeth says:

    If they flower at night, their pollinators must be nocturnal.

    After a little Googling, confirmed it; their pollinators are night-time moths.

    I love your photos that I get by email. Shame you don’t make a few high-res samples available. Loved your exhibition photos.



  5. Hey Bill,
    I’ll have to go back and check the exif info for that. It’s the 50mm macro, f2.8 @ probably around 1/40th sec., ISO 400, natural light.

  6. BayouBill says:

    I can see why you like that lens so much!

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