wings and things


on January 27, 2012

Well, Son and I have now figured out where the zoom button is on my new camera so this morning, when I looked out the back window to see the moonflowers blooming, I felt a sense of exhilaration. You see they only bloom once a year and they are breathtakingly beautiful and HUGE! As many of you know, I am very un-gardenish and fairly unobservant as well (Husband calls it tunnel vision), but nobody could fail to be drawn to the magic of the moonflower. Apparently, there are various kinds of moonflower but what makes them special is that they bloom at night, then, when the sun comes up, they close.

Many moons ago, Husband, before he was Husband, and before I even knew him very well (I was employed by his mother at the time – another story), grabbed my hand one morning and pulled me out the back door to see the moonflowers in full bloom, but closing their petals fast. I was absolutely enchanted for two reasons, the first being the flowers and the second being my hand in his. You see, while he was explaining about the moonflower, Husband-to-be didn’t let go of my hand. It was many moons later that our romance bloomed but that morning was, I think, the beginning.

Anyway, nostalgia aside, when I saw the moonflowers this morning I knew I only had a limited time to take photos before they closed up. And I knew how to zoom – yeeha! So I grabbed my camera and raced outside and turned it on, with my finger ready on the zoom button. But nothing happened. Then I looked at the black screen to see the message: replace battery. Argh! So, while Son is attempting to recharge my camera, I am watching those moonflowers close, one by one, and now, in the heat of mid-morning, I have lost the race.

Oh well, there are a lot more buds on the tree, bush or whatever it is, so tomorrow, at dawn, I will be ready with my camera, ready to zoom in on those elusive, fantastic flowers.


14 responses to “Moonflowers

  1. artfulanxiety says:

    Looking forward to seeing them 🙂

  2. There is always something not so simple about your simple stories.

  3. magsx2 says:

    Why is it that the battery in our cameras always seem to run out at the wrong moment, I think this is a world wide thing, and it doesn’t matter what type of camera you have. 😀

  4. bluebee says:

    You captured their beauty in this lovely story

  5. bahharvey says:

    Waiting for the pictures! I had these flowers at a house I once owned. I took the seeds and attempted to start them at my next house…but failed. I love them!

  6. pixilated2 says:

    I’ll be patient…
    ~ Lynda

  7. Lovely story (about your eventual Husband grabbing your hand) – really romantic and touching.

    The first time the flat battery thing happened to my little point & shoot camera, I went into the camera shop the next day to buy a spare, so that I always have a full battery in my camera bag.

    Same with the DSLR I bought in Dec 2010. I bought a spare battery the day I bought the DSLR.

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