The Northern Cardinal has long been one of my favorite birds. Red is my favorite color and so was fitting to fave this beautiful red bird! When I get a chance to photograph one, it usually creates a red blur in my image; they are so quick. I recently got lucky, I spotted this male a few weeks ago…..you can tell he spotted me too, a bit sternly.
And as usual, he quickly went to take flight, but instead of heading out of sight, this beautiful male dropped down to the grass and offered me a couple of gorgeous profile captures.
“When a Cardinal appears, an angel is near….”
Shortly after Mom’s passing just over a year ago, my daughter told me that someone had said to her, “when a Cardinal appears, an angel is near”. I had never heard this before! I thought it was neat and a feel-good gesture to comfort the heart. But although a long-time favorite of mine, I didn’t usually see many Cardinals…..
The next day I saw a male Cardinal. I had a warm feeling come over me, and I instantly thought of Mom, felt her love. A few days later, another Cardinal in the form of a craft bird maybe you’d put on a wreath that I found in Mom’s craft room. Not real, but I did say, “Hey Mom!” and felt upbeat as I continued to go through her things, sorting. Would you believe that lone Cardinal craft bird continued to pop up on me a few more times over the next few weeks, when I thought I had packed him away in one of the many boxes! It was always so nice to find him again. I would laugh, knowing Mom was laughing with me. If I doubted before, I now had no doubt Mom was there with me. Oh and by the way, Mom loved creating angels of all kinds, she was quite artistic.
I now see more Cardinals than I use to, and they let me know Mom is near with her beautiful angel wings.
So back to my Cardinal photos, maybe Mom scolded him for giving me such a stern look in that first photo, so he provided me the two nice profiles. 😉 Just a thought!
What an awesome feeling of comfort and joy I receive each time I see a Cardinal. ❤