Sunday, April 19, 2009

Queen Of The Night

Queen of the night or Night-blooming cereus are the names of several genera & species of nightblooming cactus. It was nice to learn the various names like San Pedro (sounds very revered), Dutchman's Pipe(with a grave face), Red Pitaya (some nomadic tribe), Arizona Queen of the Night (Beauty Pageant) & Vanilla Cactus (reminds me of Ice-cream!!)
The nightblooming cereus is also known as the lunar flower, moon flower and luna flower. As the name suggests it blooms at night. This is the info that I could collect about it. Rest needs to be explored.
This is my humble attempt to capture its beauty... I always seem to be attracted towards the cacti blooms!
Hope you have a wonderful & blooming Cactus Monday:)


Kriti said...

Nice sketches!!

I have thing for cacti bloooms too.. maybe the rarity has got something to do with it.. or perhaps my rajasthan connection..

I can't tell you how glad i was to see a post on Cactus!!
Thank you!!

Keep up the good work!

Cathy S. said...

Great Art work, Thanks for visiting my Cactus Monday! I use to do pen and ink artwork and had to quit that hobby because of carpal tunnel on my hands. If you like to see what I have done in the past, I have posts
of my art on my blog.

I really like your blog's design!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A great sketch. Happy Cactus Monday.

Deepa Gopal said...

Kriti, Thanks..we share the same 'thing' for cacti blooms. If you like can surely join us on Mondays for more cactus pics:)

Outside,Thanks for your lovely words & for liking my blog's design. WIll surely visit you:)

Lisa, Thank you so much. HCM too!

Diane AZ said...

Lovely drawing, I like the close-up the best. I feel attracted to cacti blooms too. Good thing your artwork will last longer than the actual flowers. Happy Cactus Monday!

yoon see said...

Great attempt to a night blooming cactus that I only know now.
It's such beauty added with joy and passion bringing out the most delicated details with attention. Hope to see it in colour:)
Happy Cactus Monday dear deepazartz:)

Lynn Cohen said...

Lovely drawings of cacti Deepa, and I love your new banner as well!
Nice shade under those trees.

Deepa Gopal said...

Diane, Thanks. Even I like the close-up the best! True that my blooms will not wilt:)

Yoon See, Hope to put it in you said.

Lynn, Thanks dear:)

Teri said...

These are wonderful!! I am never in AZ when these bloom so have only seen photos of their beauty. I am looking forward to the color ones.

studio lolo said...

I love the movement of this! Very nice!


Susan English Mason said...

I'm on the lookout for a night blooming cactus. HCM!

Margaret Ann said...

This is my favorite cactus of all-the blooms simply magnificent...we have on in our front blooms yet though...HCM!

Nice series here! :)

Julie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pencil drawings! I enjoy doing them also! And the night blooming cereus are so alluring!!! HCM!!!

Lisa Rivas said...

Oh I love the Night-blooming Cereus, I did one the "Apple Cactus" A beauty indeed... these blooms a re something else! Love how you did all this research on the names... Great reference!

I really like your drawing... keep it going! HCM!!!

Me said...

Wow! there are so good... especially the zoomed one... u r a beautiful artist I must say.

keep sharing ur wonderful work.

Deepa Gopal said...

Teri, Thank you so much..will surely try the color.

Lolo & PL, Thanks & HCM to you too:)

M.Ann,Thanks. You are so have one in your front yard & enjoy its beauty is fab.

Julie, Thanks,thanks & thanks. Hope to see your sketch soon. They are alluring,aren't they?

Lisa, Thanks for liking it. I surely come for the Apple Cactus:)

Harshita, Thanks dear:)

Aniket Thakkar said...

Damn... I am late again! :-D

'San Pedro' reminded me of the son 'La Isla Bonita' which goes like... 'Last night I dreamt of San Pedro....' lovely song.

And lovely sketches for that matter. :-D

I love Acanthus a lot too... but dunno for sure if it falls under the cactus family. :D

Deepa Gopal said...

Aniket, Better late than Ne'er!!!
I haven't heard the song...I would love to:)
Acanthus, I think has spiny flowers & leaves but not sure about it's connection with cactus. Should check that out.

Amritorupa Kanjilal said...

DELICIOUS sketches :)

marianne said...

Nice sketches
And i love your header! Was is there already? Or is it new?

Have a nice day!

Deepa Gopal said...

L'girl, Thanks:)

Marianne, Thanks. The header is of my ol watercolors. You too have a nice day!

david mcmahon said...

I've seen some amazing flowering cactii.

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Wish you the same deepa....:)
Happy cactus Monday...:)
sketches were fine...paint them sometime who knows cactus could be more beautiful when colored... :)

Keep writing.... :)

Deepa Gopal said...

David, Welcome!

Mahesh,I am planning to color...few have said the same:)

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh! So beautiful! I love the composition, too, and the curvy cactus. I am moving to Arizona and will have to seek this one out. But I'm a little scared to go out in the desert at night....

Thank you for that great, great comment you left me! I LOVE your little girl. She has my heart in the palm of her hand. :)

Deepa Gopal said...

Bella, Its so sweet of you:) I think if u r moving to Arizona you'll have a wonderful time exploring all the cacti...& don't forget to chk out Teri who is an adept at it.