The Titan Arum "Corpse Flower" Fades by taffy

The Titan Arum "Corpse Flower" Fades

This morning's walk with friends in Chicago's Botanical Gardens gave us a chance to see the fading corpse flower. I missed the full bloom, but found the dying flower to be just as fascinating. The flower stands 6 feet tall and is apparently quite spectacular when it blooms. It blooms every 4 to 5 years, a single flower that lasts one day. When it blooms, it apparently has quite a horrid scent (hence, the name). It takes another 2 months to fade and go dormant and then the cycle starts again. So you can imagine what a big deal it was this year when it was clear it was going to flower!
Here's a chart of what it looks like throughout the life cycle if interested: https://365project.org/taffy/the-also-ran-ph/2017-06-06
Elegant and love the way you've got it 'going towards the light' Fav!
June 7th, 2017  
Weird and wonderful! It looks like a piece of sculpture.
June 7th, 2017  
This is fantastic .. I have seen one of these plants at the Auckland Winter Gardens but never seen it in full flower... I have smelt one of its smaller cousins so can imagine the smell.. fav
June 7th, 2017  
Outstanding shot and processing, a fav for the oddity ;)
June 7th, 2017  
This is really fantastic on black, as if reaching for the sun rays. Beautiful.
June 7th, 2017  
I love, love, love this capture of the fading flower and how you processed it. It is beautiful. I saw it's little cousin a couple of weeks ago, also in a botanical garden. If you are interested. http://365project.org/mona65/365/2017-04-04
June 7th, 2017  
Great image the decay shows some interesting textures. On a few occasions I've made my wife keep flowers that are dead just so I can photograph them as they decay! Fav
June 7th, 2017  
I have seen this plant on TV I think they have one at Kew Gardens in London. The smell is supposed to be awful so you did well to miss that phase! Your image is wonderful! You have captured the decaying plant and made it beautiful especially the way it is reaching for the light! Superb processing Taffy as always! Fav!
June 7th, 2017  
I was going to say the same as Julia
June 7th, 2017  
Stunning picture.
June 7th, 2017  
I believe there were queues to see this extraordinary flower at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. Not too sure about the smell though.
June 7th, 2017  
Wow, interesting shapes! Never heard of it but intrigued now.
June 7th, 2017  
Absolutely fascinating! Wonderful shot, almost abstract! Fav.
June 7th, 2017  
Wow. That is just the best ever flower shot! I love it. Such amazing detail in the fading bloom.
June 7th, 2017  
I have a few of these - one of them hoping the corm is the right size for producing a flower next season :)
June 7th, 2017  
Isn't nature incredible?
June 7th, 2017  
Amazing and thanks for the information about this flower - incredible.
June 7th, 2017  
My immediate reaction was it's a monument to the fallen, done 'Soviet heroic realism' style. WOW, Bravo, FAV.
June 7th, 2017  
fabulous clarity on this interesting specimen
June 7th, 2017  
Stunning capture. Fav
June 7th, 2017  
great capture
June 7th, 2017  
Those rays in tbe background are just incredible. This is magnificent.
June 7th, 2017  
Fabulous photo Taffy... a really wonderful image
June 7th, 2017  
Your pov and processing give this an almost 'other worldly' feel. Excellent shot Taffy.
June 7th, 2017  
Your processing is amazing - makes it look really weird, different, interesting and special!!
June 7th, 2017  
@taffy Wow! Fav! That reaching for the light is so wonderful and almost dramatic. After being away for a couple of years, I a happy to follow you again, Taffy :-)
June 7th, 2017  
Unreal - an incredible photo.
June 7th, 2017  
Wow! Such an unusual flower, and handled with your expertise = a framable shot. Faved
June 7th, 2017  
Oh my! 6' tall! This is such a great shot!
June 7th, 2017  
Simply brilliant
June 7th, 2017  
You have posted the bloom before though if I remember right. Neat shot.
June 7th, 2017  
Fantastic, I have seen one of these flowers at the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne and yes they really do stink to high heaven. A huge fav.
June 7th, 2017  
Fascinating plant and beautiful image :)
June 7th, 2017  
It looks like a sculpture! Lovely capture!
June 7th, 2017  
Awesome image with excellent details, tones, textures...such a painterly look to this shot
June 7th, 2017  
Beautiful detail Taffy.
June 7th, 2017  
Amazing. And even more beautiful on black. Thank you for the explanation - fascinating.
June 7th, 2017  
Awesome shot. That must have been really something to see.
June 7th, 2017  
Amazing flower and gorgeous capture! Fav
June 7th, 2017  
Great capture. Fav!! 😀
June 7th, 2017  
Nice shot. We have one of those at our conservatory here in Edmonton
June 7th, 2017  
Super detail and capture, it must be a sight but not for the faint hearted, I've heard about it but never seen one. It's maybe just as well it's kept as a botanical specimen!! Fav
June 7th, 2017  
How incredible to see this sight xx
June 7th, 2017  
This needs to be scratch and sniff. Did it smell?
June 7th, 2017  
fav,
June 7th, 2017  
Very interesting. I really like the way the light glistens and adds to the composition.
June 7th, 2017  
Beautiful find and capture.
June 7th, 2017  
Cool shot and processing. Nice colors too.
June 7th, 2017  
Great shot and edit, lovely tones and light
June 7th, 2017  
Love your pov and tones. Great shot. Fav.
June 7th, 2017  
Wonderful detail and focus.
June 7th, 2017  
Amazing detail, love the tones.
June 8th, 2017  
wonderful closeup .... I got to see one in full bloom a couple years ago in DC
June 8th, 2017  
Outstanding.
June 8th, 2017  
so cool. love the info - have never seen / heard of this flower before
June 8th, 2017  
Simply magical.
June 8th, 2017  
This is really beautiful. It makes a good fine art image.
June 8th, 2017  
Very interesting looking plant. Love the textures and light rays.
June 8th, 2017  
Lee
Just incredible detail.
June 8th, 2017  
Well dane.
June 9th, 2017  
@lesip I would love to have seen it in bloom! I can't believe we missed it, after watching it off and on all year.
June 10th, 2017  
@stimuloog Nice to see you back! Thanks for the kind words!
June 10th, 2017  
Magnificent and I feel like saying glorious
June 11th, 2017  
How superb! I saw a corpse flower in Adelaide in January, and was amazed how large it was. It's hard for a photo to do it justice.
June 12th, 2017  
Fabulous! fav!
June 13th, 2017  
Awesome. I wonder why your photos haven't been showing up in my stream? Last one I saw was the falls. I figured you must be so busy you weren't posting. Very strange
June 18th, 2017  
@jgpittenger Hi Jane -- It's nice to know that you missed my postings! Yes, life has gotten in the way...leadership retreat, then the Hamilton 'reunion' weekend with friends, then my mom's to help her with move into independent living in a retirement/senior facility (a move that hadn't been going well), then a day to make more arrangements for our renovation project in August, and today we arrived on Beaver Island. I can already feel the tension fading away, even though it's 1:00 a.m. here and I'm still unpacking! I'm hoping to be back to normal and caught up sometime mid-week. Something had to give, and it ended up being 365/Beyond 365 Flickr, and even new Sandbox group, sadly, but not permanently.
June 18th, 2017  
But it looks as if you were posting here but the photos just didn't show up in my stream
June 19th, 2017  
@jgpittenger That's weird, definitely! The last one I'd posted was of the falls, so if you saw that one, you were up to date. And then I posted the frog last night. Still WAY behind, but making progress.
June 19th, 2017  
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