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That D$%! Cardinal Captured

Photo Friday is my day to share my photographs of the moment and my thoughts associated with them. I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoy sharing them.

The same day I was shooting pictures for The Singer post, I spent the weekend outside with the dogs.  May was a month of gorgeous weather in Louisiana: cool, breezy days with bright sun.  If you think of lemonade and a slow life, that was the feeling this May weekend had.  As the dogs roamed the yard sniffing out treasures, chasing The Greedy Squirrel, and generally causing their own brand of mischief, I sat on my back porch with my camera and my Nook reader enjoying the day.  Just after taking pictures of The Singer, who should appear on my back porch but That D$%! Cardinal!  And I finally captured him…digitally that is.

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He popped onto the back fence pretty as you please.  I quietly put down the Nook reader.  Steathily picked up my camera.  Quietly began snapping pictures.  The dogs were enjoying laying in the sun and rolling in the grass too chase him away.

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He turned his head and gave me a hard stare. I knew what that meant. “Stay right where you are, and maybe, just maybe, I won’t fly away.”

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I suppose hunger got the better of him as he didn’t fly away after giving me his death stare. Instead, he hopped on over to the bird feeder and gave it a considering look.

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And like an Olympic diver choosing how to spring off his board, he looked down from the fence and contemplated his next move.

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I gave him a 10 for dismount, but only 7 on his landing. I wasn’t sure if he was going to stay on it at first. Better luck next time, Red.

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Grabbing a mouthful of food, he munched away happily.

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Until he turned again, and gave me that death stare. I imagine he was saying, “I’m in your backyard. Eatin’ your food.”

My response? “Good. That’s what it’s there for.”

As the saga continues, I will be sure to update you.

Happy Friday everyone!


  1. Meg says:

    Hey Jenn!

    Birds are the hardest wild animals to photograph it seems. You were very lucky to finally get the cardinal! The colors are awesome!

    • Jenn says:

      It certainly seems like they are the hardest animals to photograph. They aren’t trusting animals, ready to just hang out and let you snap a picture. Thanks Meg for the compliments.

  2. MOM says:

    YEAH !!!!!!!!!!! Finally.

    • Jenn says:

      I know right?! He likes the new feed alot too. The cardinal was chasing other birds away from the new feeder today.

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