13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Queen of the Night
The Queen of the Night. This flower blooms once, maybe twice a year (if you're lucky) for one night only. I call it the alien flower, because before it opens it looks freakishly odd. It'll begin to open around nine or ten in the evening, and by sunrise it will have already closed up. It's quite a blessing to capture the rare moment.
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||Nov. 20, 2015, 4:03 p.m.