Echinopsis. A big word for a for a type of cactus. But not just any type of cactus. It describes a South American flowering variety, which, under the right temperatures, yields huge, colourful, multi-layered blossoms. And while the plant can bloom over and over again, most of the individual flowers last only a day after opening.Photographer Greg Krehel owns about 100 echinopsis cacti, and uses his talents here for good, and not evil, to capture their rapid blooming in time lapse images. Gorgeous, and slightly off putting (it takes a second to get used to seeing plants moving), you can watch as dozens of flowers unfurl their velvety petals, in vibrant shades of orange, pink, and purple. Welcome to spring!
Text by L. Kimberly Leung