A brilliant crimson male cardinal, all fluffed up against the cold winter winds, gazes out into the barren forest with a very resigned look on his beautiful face. He knows, as sure as if the weather man on tv had been whispering into his tiny ears, here comes the snow again. Though last weeks' piles of the white stuff have all but melted or blown away, it won't take long for this storm to compete with previous accumulations. Birdie knows, when they start out slow like this, almost anything can happen!!
This particular guy was my very dear friend, Pip, when we lived in Maryland. He was my daily visitor … more than daily. And his brilliant crimson colors are a testament to his loyalty to me and to the feeder that I kept filled with his favorite black oil sunflower seeds. I have read that the more colorful the cardinal's feathers are, the healthier and better fed he is. And I think Pip's beauty is a good example of that theory.
I took this picture in March of 2009 with the Nikon D40x and the 70-300mm Nikkor lens. A long time ago … and I still love snapping pics of our backyard feathered friends!
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December 4th, 2023
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