Gosh it feels so great taking photos every week! Even with the sun and heat of summer as my enermies, the photo sessions still fill me with a great sense of satisfaction and joy - somehow the heat and sun aren't as bad as they seem during my photo sessions even though we usually go out during the middle of the day.
I haven't had much quality sleeps over the last few days (or the entire week for that matter), the heat was so unbearable that I had 2 almost sleepless nights - followed by sleeping from the moment I get home the day after due to exhaustion...
Yesterday was a day like that. I slept for max. of 2 hours the night before as I tossed and turned in my bed trying to find a cooler spot, so the moment I got home around 6pm I went straight to bed and fell asleep. A phone call woke me at 11pm, it was my dad on the other line, his news brings my sleepy mind straight back to full alert: his friend's Queen of the Night flower is blooming!
Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum), is a flower with many names. It is known officially as Tan Hua in Chinese, but also known as Yue Xia Mei Ren (Lady Beneath the Moon) or Wang Qing (Lost Emotions - it is said that the flower possesses such beauty that one cannot help but forgetting everything to admire the flower. Another story is that if one wishes to forget a painful memory, you can achieve this by eating the flower of this plant). In China, the blooming of the Queen of the Night is seen as both a rare and short lived occasion. The flower opens only at night and for a short period of 2-3 hours before it wilts away. The flowering process is easily missed if the plant isn't monitored every day during the budding period.
I found out that the Queen of the Night is of the cacti family, that's why its flowers are very similar to the torch cactus I photographed late last year.
The first photo is shot with my Canon IXUS 70 compact camera, depth of field is quite amazing for a compact camera.
I'm not sure why but the depth of field from my Canon 500D with the 18-200mm lens (photos below) does not achieve great depth of field, only one small part of the shot can be focused.