The tallest part of this plant is only 25 inches high, and yet the flowers measure around 8 inches across. The flowers close up quite a bit during the day, and then come out more fully at night. I took this shot under a moon lit sky.
We have counted over 60 buds. Once the first batch drops, another grouping will emerge.
This side view shows newly formed buds that will appear as flowers in the next few days.
I have neighbors and cars who stop by and ask to photograph our cactus. I tell them to be quick. We only experience flowers for a week or so, and then they are gone until the following spring.