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.
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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