Cactus Flower Opening Mini-Movie

Night blooming cereus cactus flowers are so beautiful!  They open at night in summer here in Florida.  This year I decided to make a movie of a flower opening.  I used the Wingscapes’ Timelapse PlantCam ( to take consecutive 1-minute pictures of the bloom all night.  Afterward the PlantCam automatically stitched the photos together into a movie.  Then I used Windows Media Player to speed up the movie 4X into a 15-second film (Apple’s iMovie works too).  It was a fun project, and there are endless other ways to use the timelapse feature for nature photography.

Cactus Flower Movie Setup

Cactus Flower Movie Setup

Night Blooming Cereus Cactus Flowers Blooming

Night Blooming Cereus Cactus Flowers Blooming

Night Blooming Cereus Cactus Flower and Turtle Statue

Night Blooming Cereus Cactus Flower and Turtle Statue




About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Cactus Flower Opening Mini-Movie

  1. mrsbearfoot says:

    That is really neat!

  2. Very, very cool Pam. This is professional grade stuff, and you are truly a whiz. I keep promising myself that I will do more with video, but somehow I never beyond the playing around stage. For a blogger, video is a good arrow for the quiver. Well done. ~James

    • Pam says:

      Wow – thank you so much! It is well worth the effort – it does actually work. I am looking forward to trying it out again. When the light was on all night, it attracted an amazing number of bugs. A little spider decided to take advantage of it and made a web. Wish I had gotten that on the timelapse!

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