The Cardinal Came To Visit Us This Weekend…

Nope, not THAT Cardinal!

We have a family of cardinals that live in a nearby tree. They like to drop by every day for the sunflower seeds we put out during the winter.

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After missing a few opportunities, we started leaving the camera by the window. When I heard the cardinal Saturday (pictured left) I grabbed the camera for a rare photo shoot. 😉

He was looking for left over seeds from the Ferris Wheel Feeder that was tipped over and left draining after the previous day’s rain.

You might have seen the Ferris Wheel Feeder video that I posted after the last snow storm.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIf you follow me on twitter, you might recognize the image on the right. It’s the very first picture I took of the cardinals in my neighborhood. It was a huge surprise for me to discover we had cardinals in South Philly. Seriously, I’ve lived in (or around) Philadelphia all my life. I have never seen a cardinal in the city.

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This last picture is my favorite from Saturday. The border around the image was not added. I was shooting the cardinal through some house plants. I also had the blinds down because I was trying not to scare the cardinal away. The final result is pretty cool.

There are some superstitions surrounding birds that appear after the death of a loved one. Some believe that birds “sometimes appear as envoys from the spirit world — fleeting emissaries of loved ones who have passed on to the other side.” I like that idea. It would be nice to think that my friend Fran was just dropping by to say hello. Most likely, it was just a member of a family of cardinals picking through the debris, looking for sunflower seeds to feed his family. Either way, it was nice to see him.

As the adage goes, it’s the little things in life that sometimes make you the happiest. For me it’s true. I may not win the Powerball anytime soon, but as long as the cardinal comes to visit once in a while, I’ll be happy.

Oh, and I took a short video too! 🙂

Accidental Art

I was going through an image folder today, clearing out the duplicates and deleting the mistakes when I stumbled upon this colorful little gem.

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This is what happens when you accidentally hit the shutter while your camera is set for long exposures.

If you look closely you can probably identify the objects in the picture, but I think it’s more beautiful if you don’t know.

CAUTION: Amateur photographer at work.

While visiting The United States National Arboretum, love snapped a pic of me trying to be creative.

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photo: ADignorantium

No, I wasn’t playing Hide-N-Seek. I was trying to get a low angle shot of the amazing National Capitol Columns.

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photo: ADignorantium

These huge columns, originally from the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol, sit atop a hill within the National Arboretum. The reflecting pool was not in service on the day we went, but it was breathtaking nonetheless.

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photo: ADignorantium

Speak Softly And Carry A Big… um …sword?


A view from the back of the George Gordon Meade Memorial Statue in front of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse of Washington DC

(sculpted by Philadelphia born artist, Charles Grafly)

photo by ADignorantium

Is Mother Nature Asleep?

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Is Mother Nature Asleep?

Spring begins in three days, but it’s barely 40° outside!

Did Mother nature forget that March is supposed to come IN like a lion and OUT like a lamb, not the other way around?

I’m posting this picture to remind Demeter that Persephone is due to return any minute now. So please, get you act together! Bring on the sun!