Bloom for one night...

Along the low stone walls of my daughter's school in Honolulu
thrived a snaking cactus hedge that bloomed gloriously once a year.
Each bloom for one night only!
We would see them just beginning to wilt yet still beautiful
as I dropped her off at school in the morning.

photo: Alicia Otis, in Santa Fe

Night Blooming Cereus are also referred as Honolulu queen or Queen of the night. 

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