Opuntia basillaris flower opening/closing (March 2015)

In March of 2015, Peggy Fiedler, Kathleen Wong, and Lobsang Wangdu (UCNRS UCOP) visited the Granite Mountains in search of unique footage for their 50th Anniversary film highlighting the various reserves. In addition to some great landscape and wildflower photos (see below), Lobsang set up a time-lapse photo shoot (every 5 seconds, 7-9 am) on a robust specimen of Opuntia basillaris (beavertail cactus). He captured several flowers opening and closing, including two buds opening for the first time.  See the video here: https://goo.gl/photos/DGFtMMJ6FwpxUQTy8.