It’s a small thing

21 09 2017

It’s a small thing in comparison.

We have been without kitchen lights since a car down the highway hit a fire hydrant that spewed water into the air like a geyser that most likely affected power lines above. All that was corrected except the house solar system went down, and is still down. The solar people are coming today to take a look, and hopefully Pete can observe what they do so he can fix it himself next time. It’s a small inconvenience compared to the distress people are experiencing from natural disasters in other parts of the world. We count our blessings, offer prayers, and are reminded to prepare for emergencies.

And now, to put a smile on your face and brighten your day, here is last evening’s gift from our garden — a night blooming cereus blossom.

Night blooming cereus

August treat: night blooming cereus

22 08 2017

Spectacular night blooming cereus blossoms. Photos copyright 2017 Rebekah Luke

For the second night in a row I remembered to go into the front garden to view the night blooming cereus. Each bud opens up for one night only and will start closing at dawn.

I acquired cuttings of this plant from the historically famous hedge on the lava rock walls of Punahou School in Honolulu when I saw the gardener trimming the sprawling cactus one day. I pulled my car over and loaded the trunk with the pokey “arms.”

Tonight’s bloom is the largest of mine to date. I figured out that trimming encourages blooms and controls willy-nilly spreading. A layer of pohaku (rock) in a free form shape on the ground tells me where to trim so that the cereus is confined to a definite area.

Gosh, after tonight I’ll have to wait until next August to see the next bloom of these beautiful flowers.

Copyright 2017 Rebekah Luke

Two cereus!

6 09 2011

Night blooming cereus

A treat for us this morning at the studio! Two cereus! Night blooming cereus, that is. You can probably expect to see me post images of these cactus flowers every season. They’re so dramatic, blooming only at night for one night only and closing at sun up. I sometimes paint them. Here they’re mixed in with some bromeliads.

Amazing bloom

Copyright 2011 Rebekah Luke

Miss Marvelous discovers her toes

1 09 2009
In my garden for one night only, 12 night blooming cereus flowers like these

In my garden for one night only, 12 night blooming cereus flowers like these

I made two paintings with light today. One is of our granddaughter Ayla, and the other of night blooming cereus. Both were taken with my iPhone, hand held with existing light. The only adjustment I made was to the contrast on the cereus, as I shot it just a few moments ago, and it’s dark outside! The real artist, though, and I’m sure you’ll agree, is our Creator. Mahalo e ke Akua. ~ Rebekah

She's marvelous!

She's marvelous!

Copyright 2009 Rebekah Luke

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