On the last day of spring the Yucca plants are about to bloom, and the Prickly Pear Cactus plants are blooming. The Yucca flower only open at night, and if I am lucky near a full moon when a large white moth is attracted to their scent. The deer really like the Yucca flower shoots, and will often eat them before the flowers even open unless I protect the plants. The Prickly Pear flowers only open after the sun is out, and then only for a day. There were not as many bugs in the Prickly Pear flowers this year. The deer ignore these flowers
It rained early in the evening, and then again early in the morning so I wasn’t able to leave the cameras out as long. I also reduced the shutter time to 30 seconds on the Fuji X-H1 camera due to sensor noise. I am wondering if the issue with the sensor noise is the temperature outside?
Blue Jay’s and Northern Cardinals at my bird feeder. I don’t think that these images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens are as sharp as the ones taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 600 mm f/4 lens. Part of the issue may be that the images with the Fuji camera were taken hand-held vs. on a tripod for the Nikon camera.
Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.
Afternoon walkabout. The zucchini plants were getting too big in the Garden Towers because they were using too much water, and their leaves were blocking sunlight from the other plants. I attempted to transplant the zucchini plants. After a day they still seemed to be alive and still flowering. The Garden tower (level 1 (top) — tomatoes and carrots; level 2 — various lettuce; level 3 — various herbs; level 4 — peppers and peas; level 5 — zucchini (now gone) and swiss chard; level 6 — broccoli and cauliflower. The blue jays have become the dominant bird at the bird feeder, even though they are too big. It is funny to watch as they have to take the sunflower seed away and find somewhere hard to break it open, whereas the cardinals and house finches are able to open and eat the seed just with their beak. The only wildflower for the day is a daisy.