Wordless Wednesday

#WW A single cardinal

Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Life after a month of A2Zing is slowly returning to normal.  At the end of February, I spied a gorgeous cardinal outside my kitchen window. I was certain by the time I returned with my camera and appropriate lens in hand he would be gone but he wasn’t.  My cleaning fairies were on strike, so pardon the image quality it isn’t the best shooting through a dirty window but I got the shot and let those fairies go shortly after. lol

Isn’t he a beauty?

I think he was looking for his mate but she was no were insight. It’s magnificently vivid color stands out against the gray winter morning inciting a bit of glee in this gal. A flash of bright colors really makes the world cheery, doesn’t it?

Birds are difficult to capture and I’m always amazed at the talented bird photographers’ sites I’ve visited. I tip my hat to them. Incidentally, earlier in the month, he returned to our backyard with his mate. They were perched in a redbud tree but I couldn’t get my camera in time for that picture.

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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • stevebethere

    Wow! great shot and view from your kitchen window mine looks out to a telephone exchange and a main road LOL ..that’s London for ya heheh!

    Have a cardinaltastic weekend Cathy and sorry I am so late this week 🙂

  • Linja

    Nice bright bird! I don’t see the dirt. I think if you press the camera on the glass, the dirt doesn’t show unless it’s a big piece. I’ve got spider webs on the outside of my window right now so I need to clean them.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Linja, Hmmm, I wasn’t pressing against the glass but I was really close with a telephoto lens so maybe that’s why the dirt isn’t visible. Thanks for stopping by!

  • John Holton

    I grew up in Illinois, where the state bird is the cardinal, but in all my years there I never saw one. Since moving to Georgia, I’ve seen hundreds of them, male and female. Beautiful pictures.

    • Cathy Kennedy


      That’s interesting my home state of West Virginia’s state bird is also the cardinal. Tennessee’s state bird is a mockingbird. I don’t like these birds because they’ll attack you if you get close to their nest. I remember being at a shopping plaza on the west side of town. I walked by a small grove of trees and this bird came out from nowhere scaring the lie out of me. That’s when I learned that mockingbirds were notorious for having this behavior. Thanks for stopping by today!

  • Arlee Bird

    Beautiful shots. I used to see cardinals in my mother’s yard in Maryville. I don’t know if there are cardinals in California, but I’ve never seen one here.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • Cathy Kennedy


      We have cardinals in the area all year round and we’re fortunate to see them more frequently at certain times of the year than others. I’m not sure what’s the determining factor unless there’s something in our back yard they like to eat. Whenever they do show it’s always a pleasure. We used to see bluejay a lot but we don’t see them too often.

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Oh, I’ve had that to happen plenty of times but usually, when I’m home they fly off while I’m fetching my camera. I can leave it out hoping it’ll return but never does. I lucked out this time, though.

    • Cathy Kennedy


      It’s my pleasure to share and I’m happy that I got a couple of decent shots. It seems like I darted away after taking these shots to get a longer lens but when I returned he was gone. That’s the story of my life. lol

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Yes, I was really luckily that he stayed around long enough for me to get my camera and a chair. I had to elevate myself so I could shoot out the top window pane. Thanks for visiting!

    • Cathy Kennedy


      I’m delighted you joined me today. There’s too much thick foliage in our backyard now but I’m sure the pair of Cardinals I saw made a home nearby. I’m looking forward to the day that I can create a place in my yard for birds to feed so I can watch and photograph. Who knows maybe I’ll get pictures of some squirrel, too.

    • Cathy Kennedy


      Birds capture my eye but I rarely get a chance to photograph them. I got lucky this time. I admire anyone who photographs birds because of how hard I know that catching the at the right moment. Thanks for stopping by and linking up, my friend!

  • Thomas Anderson

    Hi, Cathy!

    Great going, dear friend! You snapped two excellent shots of the lone cardinal visiting your yard. The brilliant red plumage pops against the wintry background. Your pics remind me of my father’s nature photography.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear friend Cathy!

    • Cathy Kennedy


      A cardinal really pops against the gray of winter and it’s always such a thrill to see. Usually late winter, we begin seeing more colorful birds serving a reminder that spring will arrive soon. Thank you for comparing my nature photos to your father’s. 🙂 Have a good afternoon!

  • Birgit

    This is a great shot! I think he was wanting his picture taken:) I don’t see any dirty window in sight. Now I have to check out your last drawings for the A to Z. Thoroughly enjoyed your creativity and hope to see more.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Birgit, I’m glad my dirty window wasn’t picked up but I’m sure if the photo was enlarged (please don’t – lol) it wouldn’t look as clear. lol It’s funny you should mention that he wanted his picture taken. DH said something along that line. He’s always saying something sweet like that to me. 🙂

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