One of my goals during my landscaping project was to plant lots of “food” plants close to the house. I can see
this barrel cactus from 3 rooms so when this male Gilded Flicker flew in yesterday afternoon, I ran for my camera.
Canon 100-400mm at 400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter.
Click here to hear their calls.
Of all my Barrel Cactus, the red one is the most striking. It’s so brilliant, you can’t help but say WOW!
I had high hopes for a full circle of flowers but maybe next time. Here’s a few shots from yesterday.
Tech info: Slightly overcast day. Canon 5DMK2, Canon 180 macro lens, ISO 200, F/13, 1/125th sec, plus 1/2 stop.
Another tone mapped image but this time only one shot and with a little grunge look.
Plants from a nursery almost always come with extras in the pot. I usually pluck them out but in this case, I got lucky with this little Verbena. It looks really pretty surrounding the barrel cactus. Spread your little seeds, Verbena!
The red spines of this Barrel Cactus are an indication of the great soaking rain we had last night.