Night Blooming Cactus
August 30, 2009
- Oil on Canvas
- In the Paley collection
Memory fails me when I try to recall who gave me this plant (a cereus type, perhaps lemaireocereus thurberi?). No other plant gives me cause to throw a sunrise party. When there’s a bloom, the party starts about 6am with donuts and coffee. By 9am, the flower begins to wither. Twenty-plus years ago my neighbor, Julia, Laura and I stayed up all night taking time-lapse photos of the flower opening.
This painting sets the cactus above the Missouri River with the full moon setting.