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The Cardinal Saga

I'm obviously enamored with cardinals and have photographed them often, so decided to make a gallery dedicated just to them. Growing up in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, I never saw colorful birds (or even fall color, for that matter) so was amazed when I first saw these brilliant red cardinals in our new home of Washington, DC (along with cockroaches, humidity and 17-year cicadas, none of which had I experienced before). Lately a male cardinal has been frequenting our alley, and I run to get my camera every time I hear him singing, which is what prompted me to give him his own stage on Pbase.
Mr. Cardinal and the iPhone
Mr. Cardinal and the iPhone
Looking pretty pleased with himself
Looking pretty pleased with himself
Success
Success
Fruitless search?
Fruitless search?
‘Have we met?’
‘Have we met?’
Singing his heart out
Singing his heart out
The cardinals must have finally found each other
The cardinals must have finally found each other
The white of his eye
The white of his eye
Cardinal at nightfall
Cardinal at nightfall
Singing to the moon
Singing to the moon
The talkative Mr. Cardinal
The talkative Mr. Cardinal
The subtle beauty of Mrs. Cardinal
The subtle beauty of Mrs. Cardinal
The inquisitive cardinal
The inquisitive cardinal
A gotcha moment
A gotcha moment
Intricacies of a cardinal's head
Intricacies of a cardinal's head
Gotcha
Gotcha
Looking out
Looking out
Back to Mr. Cardinal
Back to Mr. Cardinal
The pensive Mr. Cardinal
The pensive Mr. Cardinal
The handsome Mr. Cardinal
The handsome Mr. Cardinal
Here's lookin' at you
Here's lookin' at you
Impromptu
Impromptu
Return of the cardinal
Return of the cardinal
Contemplating the next move
Contemplating the next move
Bird on a wire
Bird on a wire
Mr. Cardinal poses for a portrait
Mr. Cardinal poses for a portrait
The elusive cardinal
The elusive cardinal
Red head
Red head
Mrs. Cardinal poses for another portrait
Mrs. Cardinal poses for another portrait
Mrs. Cardinal stops by for a bite
Mrs. Cardinal stops by for a bite
Eating and watching
Eating and watching