Cardinals

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I love cardinals.  As a photographer, I have this dream picture in my head of a cardinal in the snow.  I’ve never gotten the exact shot I’m hoping for, but fortunately these beautiful birds visit my garden often so I’ll have a lot of chances in the future.

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It’s usually the male cardinal in my imaginary perfect picture, but since I’ve been photographing these birds, I’ve noticed how beautiful the female cardinal is also.

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Actually, that’s one of the things I’ve grown to love best about photography.  I’ve always loved birds, but since I’ve been photographing them I have learned so much more about them and noticed so much more than I ever did just observing them outside.  The female cardinal always just seemed like a drab bird.  But looking at a photo I can really see how beautiful that bright red beak and red feathers are against the brown background of her body.  Whereas the male is definitely the attention-grabber, the female has a subtleness to her beauty that is really spectacular.

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Oh, but that male!  He does play the role of attention-grabber really well!

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