Saturday, the Moonflower vine that I have in a pot along the side of the house had a bud that looked ready to bloom. Around 8:00 pm I went outside with the camera and waited patiently. The second photo shows the flower open as much as it did. I have watched videos on the internet and have seen Moonflowers open up in under a minute's time. I was hoping this would be the case with mine and I could catch it on video, but that didn't happen. I'm not sure why this bud didn't fully open.
My wonderful boyfriend patiently held a flash light for me as we sat in the yard waiting to see the bloom open. It was approaching midnight and the flower hadn't changed in over an hour. I decided to call it a night and retire for the evening. Each time I woke up in the night I would shine the flashlight out the window to see if maybe the flower had opened, but it did not. At about 5 am I woke up one more time and wet outside. It looked the same.
Although the flower didn't open all the way up as I had hoped, I was graced with a spectacular view of a sky full of stars just before the dawn. Orion was there in all his glory making it known that the change of seasons are near, while the Dog Star shined brighter then anything else in the sky. I was spellbound as I always am when I look up at the stars.
Here are some images I shot of the Moonflower - before, after and some black and whites in between: