Squirrel hidden among the blossoming tulips on April 8, 2024. A sunny morning led me to Brookside Gardens for some newly blossomed flower photos. My original intent was to re-create a shot from several years ago with a variety of colors in the tulip patch, isolating a lone color from the other. The small patch only had red tulips planted and the other patches nearby were a mix of white and yellow - not giving enough of a color difference for a stand-out shot. There were two squirrels on the perimeter of the white and yellow patch, happily foraging on the ground. They were occasionally sticking their heads up around the perimeter. I waited a short period and they eventually went further into the tulip patch, allowing me to get some shots with the unbloomed tulips obscured in the foreground.

I continue to be impressed with the sharpness of the Nikon 180-600. While having a nearly 8 foot minimum focusing distance requires careful positioning, it allowed me to photograph some unique flower shots at 600mm.

Lens - NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR @ 410mm on Nikon Z8