Flower Event at the Garden

I was on hand to photograph the Titan Arum, or Corpse Flower blooming for the first time at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC. I have to admit I have an inside source; my neighbor, Mary Duke, posted information about the flower on her Facebook page.

Titan Arum or Corpse Flower with Flash
Titan Arum or Corpse Flower without Flash


The flower is the Amorphophallus titanium flower, commonly known as the Corpse flower,  blooms once every 8-10 years.  One of the largest at 6 feet tall, the flower emits a smell that people say reminds them of a dead animal or corpse.  The bloom lasts about 48 hours.  As for the smell, I did not smell anything putrid while I was there. But I did notice a slight odor. Other admirers told me that the smell comes and goes.

I used a Nikon D810 camera, 70-300mm lens, with 1/1200s at f/4/5, 70mm, ISO 2000.

The plant is a native of the island of Sumatra. It is housed in the Orchid Pavilion at the DSBGGardens.

In the following photograph I used a SB900 flash with my camera set-up and tripod along with a few basic post-adjustments like cropping and color enhancements in Lightroom. The background did tend to darken when I used the flash.

Titan Arum with Flash
Titan Arum with Flash

I plan to work on my flash technique so that I can improve the fill-flash on my photographs. I’ll keep you posted.

Hope you enjoy.

4 Replies to “Flower Event at the Garden”

  1. This is totally great, Phillis, I need to get out there and get a photo! i love its colors and that it is a great up close and personal loook at it!!

    1. Hi Cris,
      We should get out there together and have lunch one day!

      Thanks for comments! I think the flower is closed up for now.


  2. Amazing flower! I think I like the one without flash although both are very stunning pictures.

    Bob D

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