There is a cardinal family living in my secret garden. They are the most tricky, elusive birds. Absolutely beautiful as well.
Every time I see them, I run to get my camera. It is almost like they have an instinctual distaste to be photographed. The moment I aim my camera at them, they fly away.
Today morning, which by the way is very gorgeous, I was standing in my porch beaming at the new cherry tomatoes that are coming out. And there they were. Both of them, very carefree, pecking around the plants. This was the first time I was able to see them at this close distance.
The male has one ruffled feather, may be he just had a fight. The female was quite content, just pecking without looking around. He did turn his head towards me and alerted his mate. But after some thought they decided to stay.
I resisted my urge to run back and get my camera. This time, I just watched them. They look even more bright and colorful under the deep blue sky, bright sunny day. Yesterday’s rain have left the leaves gleaming. I love this, and I can keep this image in my mind, without the need for a photo.
I am going to continue to try to get them in my camera. One of these days, I will, and I will share it. Until then, if you can read mind, come in my REM sleep today and replay it :-)