1030. What was that? Did you see it? There, there it goes again! Look! It can’t have disappeared.

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In the half light of dawn a quick flash of red had been darting back and forth just beyond the blue gazing ball. Whoosh! There is was again! Surely you saw it that time. No? Ohhhhhh, but I did! Even from 30 yards away the vibrant color and black mask of a male cardinal is unmistakable. Fully awake and focused now I could clearly see what the beautiful flash was, and yet sadly I had not obeyed the call earlier to get up and find my camera. After weeks of early wake ups, I just couldn’t make myself get up out of my chair; I was being lulled into a kind of stupor by the gray, quietude of the early January morn. Then I remembered the last line in Kalidasa’s Sanskrit poem, “The Salutation to the the Dawn. “Look well therefore to this day,” he said. So with a better late than never resolve, I started trying to untangle myself from a blanket and get up from my chair when all of a sudden the amazing crimson creature landed not ten feet away from me on the other side of my patio door. Lots of cardinals live in and around our yard, but until today none of them had come this close to the house. What a brave, cheeky guy was this one who had found and perched itself atop the blackberry vine I’d purchased last week. Though he tarried there a while, I was afraid to move for fear I’d shoo it away. So I eased back down in my chair, watching in awe and admiration until it flew off. Afterwards, I did go grab my camera in case the beauty returned again. Alas, however, it did not. Instead now it was only flying back and forth, along with its mate, from the feeders to the top of my rose arch outside Natalieworld

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Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. ~1 Peter 1:13 ✝

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24 thoughts on “1030. What was that? Did you see it? There, there it goes again! Look! It can’t have disappeared.

  1. Aww! The cardinal was always a winter site against the white snow. Beautiful childhood memory. I don’t go back east for winter at all. Do not like the snow that is why I live out west of Canada where cardinals are not a sight to behold. Perhaps one day I will see one again. Nice post.

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    • We seldom have much snow, but the first year we bought our house we had a lovely snow and that’s the first time I’d seen a cardinal against the backdrop of snow. It nearly took my breath away. We’ve lived here now over 30 years and we’ve had them in our yard ever since then. They are one of my favorite bird species. This time of the year when all the leaves are off the trees they are even easier to spot. I’m glad my post reminded you of a beautiful childhood memory. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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    • Oh, I love mine too. We have a small flock that come off and on all day to our feeders. I have two side by side so normally when the blue jays show up, they feed at one and let the cardinals and such feed at the others. Unless it’s one of their bossier days and more than one shows up. Then they run everybody off until they are finished. Hugs and red cardinal love to you too. Tumbleweed 🙂 ❤


  2. My husband never finished the greenhouse he was working on. It’s just chicken wire he was going to cover with plastic, and it has an open space at one end, at the top, that birds sometimes fly into. Once there was a male cardinal flying around inside it and couldn’t figure out how to get out. The mate was flying back and forth, mirroring his flight path, until I opened the door and they both flew away together. I could feel their relief.

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  3. I really liked your beautiful post where you just watched the gorgeous cardinal and didn’t take any photos, Natalie.♡
    I love all birds but shared on my blog and probably here, my Grandpa Mattson comes in a message from a cardinal. He has been with me since the November day he passed away in1980. My story was sent to Guideposts and they sent me a note that many people feel these winged beautiful creatures, do carry messages like angels. I receive special songs as you do, too. I painted a girl and boy cardinal for my Mom’s wall and put a copy on my blog. Red is indeed a bright color on the snow. Blessings to you and all.

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    • Yes, they are Raewyn. Wow that is windy. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a bird being blown backwards. However, once after fierce storm, a seabird appeared briefly in our yard. I sure hope it made it back from whence it came. 🙂 ❤


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