A Wild Night in the Cactus Garden

April 23, 2013

The desert is a miraculous place, but one of its greatest mysteries is the force that triggers night-blooming cacti of all shapes, sizes, colors and varieties to explode into a profusion of blossoms on the same night. This year, that night occurred on April 23 — at least two weeks earlier than usual. The video below is composed of more than 80 photos taken at two-minute intervals of a coral echinopsis hybrid.