eastern prickly pear time lapse

by Kaylah Stroup
eastern prickly pear flowers

Another time lapse! This time my newly acquired Eastern Prickly Pear! The Eastern Prickly Pear is exactly what the name suggests – a cactus that grows in the eastern part of the United States including Ohio! That’s right, we have cacti that grow outdoors here and manage to survive the snow. To be honest, I didn’t know this until a few years ago!

The house next door to my apartment has been uninhabited for quite a while now. I noticed shortly after we moved in that there was a massive patch of these cacti on the side of the house. I’ve admired them for years. Each summer beautiful yellow flowers explode from this flower -er, cactus- bed. I finally decided that ‘borrowing’ a couple of pads wouldn’t hurt anything, especially since no one lived there.

I had no idea how quickly they grew! While looking up the proper care, I actually found a video that said during a growing season they can triple in size! Wild! I don’t quite think we’re at three times the starting size yet but I did get a bunch of flowers already and that’s darn exciting.

There are just under 500 photos here condensed down into 38 seconds. I shot them over a period of a day and a half. Based on my other time lapse experiences, I definitely expected this to take much longer but the flowers opened so quickly! Such a beautiful treat!

eastern prickly pear flowers

So much smaller of a plant less than a month prior to flowering!

eastern prickly pear flower timelapse

sources –shutter releaseCanon 35mm 1.4LCanon 6DDolica Proline tripod

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Sian August 25, 2020 - 5:52 am

Survive the snow?! Maybe it could give me some tips! I’m also a total sucker for yellow, so this prickly pal is a dream.

I’ve been loving your time-lapses – it’s so satisfying watching plants stretch and bloom with the sun. It’s making me want to get my hands on an intervalometer and give it a go myself (-:

Sam August 25, 2020 - 11:01 am

shot over a day and a half? Amazing!!! What a cool cactus!

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