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Cardinal Rule

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).

 

There were several cardinals (and other birds) munching on the birdseed that other hikers had left along the trail for them, but they were the most skittish -- every time I'd get close enough for a decent shot, they took off. Until........I took a few shots of this fellow in a dogwood bush (see below), and he suddenly decided to oblige by flying up on the railing beside me and giving me a brief photo op.

 

There's just something so cheery about seeing a cardinal against the grey palette of winter....

 

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Uploaded on December 30, 2007