Oh, how lucky I was this morning to get a good look at this elusive cactus flower. This particular cactus (don't know the name of it) blooms only at night. I noticed the bud looked ready to burst into bloom yesterday evening, and told my husband to remind me to go outside after dark to see it. Naturally, we both forgot! But, this morning as I was backing the car out of the garage, my daughter said, "Look mom, your flower!" I got so excited that I put the car in park, jumped out and ran inside to get the camera. I knew that if I didn't snap it right then and there, it would be closing up before I returned home.
As you can see by the second photo, the flower was half-way closed when I returned home. Whew, so glad I didn't miss it!