The Northern Cardinal is probably the most iconic bird in America when it comes to Christmas. Perhaps its his brilliant red plumage and her golden buff beauty. Pair that up with an icy background with conifers and lights, or snow gently falling in the foreground, the result is nothing short of magical.
Here in south Texas near the coast, snow eludes us. Never mind getting loads and loads all at once, like the one recently out east near Buffalo.
Our temperate Gulf Coast climate means the background is either green or brown. The last time we got any
freakish decent snow was in 2009 and it all melted by the end of the day.
Northern Cardinals are residents of the Texas Gulf Coast, no matter what their name suggests. They are no less stunning in my own backyard and the couples and their offspring are very committed to one another. The problem is not with the portrait subject, per se. It’s the lack of “pretty” opportunities to capture this most beautiful bird in our most “blah” natural setting.
I’ll give you some examples.
Perhaps with a new long lens in my bag of tricks, I’ll can work a bit harder for that perfect Northern Cardinal shot for 2015. In the meantime — and better representing Peace, Joy, and Love of the season — I’ll borrow from someone else, who’s done a much better job capturing the moment.
Now that’s a Christmas card photo!
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