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.
Prickly Pear cactus fruit came early and didn’t last long because of a lack of rain.
I took this image yesterday in a private garden which obviously doesn’t allow Javelina 🙂
This Janusia vine had more blooms this year than any since we’ve been here as is evident by all the winged fruit on them now. Look for it when you’re hiking in the Preserve! A fall color shot if I ever saw one 🙂
Keep an eye out for fruit on Mammillaria. If you’re lucky, you’ll find one with a full circle of these neat little fruits. They’re pretty tasty, by the way.
Finally a photo of this fruit for my archives! I’ve been trying to get one for a couple of years so I was very excited to see this yesterday. I had heard there is only one moth that pollinates the yucca but I didn’t know about the incredible set of circumstances it takes for the pollination to take place. It’s no wonder we rarely see the fruit. If this kind of thing interests you, click on the following two links which will tell you all about the Pronuba Moth.
The Yucca and the Moth
The Case of the Yucca and the Pronuba Moth