This plant, given to me by Dr. Wright Zheng, blooms just about once a year, and the bloom happens only at night for several hours. There is sort of a craze in Chinese culture, where the blooming symbolizes how transient everything in life can be—曇花一現, as they say. Anyhow, on this night, it decided to bloom. I’ve never seen this happened, so when it first gave the hint, I had my camera poised. I had fun playing with the lighting. While it slowly opened, its fragrance filled the entire floor of the house. After just a few hours, it was done.