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© Andrea Petersen
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Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid...for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee...
Deuteronomy 31: 6

Befitting this cardinal bird
Is her determined expression..
Without having to say a word,
She leaves a lasting impression..

Courage is written upon her face;
Her plumed crest held high..
Thoughts drift thru' timeless space,
Of when she learned how to fly.

Since then she has moved on...
As she travels freely in the air....
There are more victories to be won,
For winter burdens she must bear!

Poetry by me, AJP

Yesterday we had frost condensation between the storm window and the plastic that we use to weatherize our windows and the glints from the frost spotlighted the female cardinal ready to fly from her perch on the side of the bird feeder...

Thank you so much Regenia Brabham for nominating this picture.
Thank you also Diana A. for the spotlight

22 responses

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    The frosty highlights add a very nice touch to an already spectacular capture! This is so beautiful..

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    This is awesome Andrea. I love the rim lighting. It has a ps textured feel to it but I can see you captured that naturally. You nailed the focus plane! Excellent detail! Great catchlight. A magic shot!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    She's so pretty! And so is the poetry. Male cardinals get all the attention, but I think the female has a special beauty.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    A beautifully captured shot! I really love the background bokeh, and the gorgeous winter colors. I agree with Don....the female is equally pretty!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    Bravo, an excellent capture Andrea!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful capture, Andrea! She is a brave one.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    outstanding shot, Andrea. I love the treatment! bravo!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    Another fabulous shot!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    What a sweet picture. Brave and cold......

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful composition!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    spectacular!! i don't want to stop looking, i love everything about this!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (8 Dec 2011):

    Thank you all so much for your kind words.. I agree with Donald that the female cardinal has a special beauty all of her own..I have recently seen this one just sit and gaze into space for the longest time on the feeder...I call her "the thinker." My late mother always loved the cardinals also...

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    Love this shot a whole bunch....bless this bird!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    So marvelous, Andrea. You have such a talent for producing excellent photos under less than desirable conditions! I love your poem and scripture all comes together to bring us another grand photograph!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    Gorgeous shot, Andrea! The winterized window offer a nice filter affect. You captured the details of the feathers expertly!

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (10 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful! Love everything the light..composition...I am so sorry to hear about your mother's demise..May her soul rest in peace!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Dec 2011):

    Thank you so much, Sandeep..Mother so loved Christmas...The only time I did not spend Christmas day with her was last year, but we came on Dec. 22nd before Christmas instead to avoid the traffic to visit with her at the Nursing Home..It is good to have those memories and yes, may her soul rest in peace...She gave me the gift of life and as life goes it is temporary on earth but there is life everlasting for the soul to have their final rest..

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (11 Dec 2011):


  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (13 Dec 2011):

    she is gorgeous..... great pov.

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (20 Dec 2011):

    GORGEOUS, I love everything about this stunning photograph!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (23 Dec 2011):

    This is priceless!

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