Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Cardinal Moment

I get excited about the endangered golden-cheeked warbler which occasionally graces our gardens in summer.  And our escarpment black cherry and big red sage (Salvia penstemonoides), small salvations from extinction. 

Yet I'm so accustomed to the cardinals thronging our yard that my eyes skip past.

 But today I had a cardinal moment, 
And remembered the beauty of now.
 What everyday gift are you seeing today?

 Copyright 2009-2011 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

9 comments :

Birdwoman said...

The cardinals are beginning to sing their spring-song, a glorious gift in the midst of winter and a reminder that spring is coming. Soon.

yogurt said...

Cardinals are one of nature's daily gifts, I agree. The other day there were three red cardinals perched on the utility wire. I guess they were having a neighborhood meeting :)

deb said...

Cardinals are always a delight. We only see a few , so it's always exciting. Well to certain people I guess:)

dianne said...

It is such a beautiful bird with its bright red feathers, I have not seen one here.
It is so hot here and I am looking at some clouds in the sky and hoping it will rain.

xoxoxo ♡

Ms. Moon said...

I have never seen as many cardinals as I am seeing in my yard this year. It's just mind-blowing.

Rosey said...

When we lived in Michigan, we used to see Cardinals frequently. Now that we are in CO, we get to see Stellar Bluejays. I miss those red birds! A friend of mine used to call them lipstick birds, because the female has a red beak.

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

Cardinals always remind me of my mom. She loved them more than any other bird! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy La Ferle said...

Red birds have a magical significance to a poet friend of mine, so I always feel that something wonderful is about to happen each time I spot one. They look especially pretty against winter snow here too...

Me said...

These bright little birds have always been dear to my heart. My daddy always said "A cardinal means a sunny day," and I always repeat those words when one flies by. They're rare enough here to not be seen every day, common enough for once a week or so. Always pleasantly bright and beautiful!