Thursday, February 28, 2013

Friday's Fences: A Cardinal on the Garden Gate


As I was posting this I realized I posted a similar image a few weeks ago. I have not been out much at all for quite a few weeks other than those 'have to make' trips. The cold with gray skies overhead isn't appealing to me and not conducive to taking good photos. That leaves me with my own backyard and my feathered visitors. Much time has been spent trying to take their portraits. This handsome fella was more than willing to pose and since he choose the garden gate he gets his fifteen minutes of fame this week as a guest spot on Friday's Fences.
We had snow flurries off and on all day today with tomorrow looking like more of the same. With temperatures hovering about five degrees above freezing between now and the middle of next week and a chance of rain or snow each day I'm pretty sure a date out with my camera won't be coming anytime soon.
Janis, I hope you are enjoying your winter getaway!
Linking to Friday's Fences with Janis and Weekly Top Shot.

50 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

he's a perfect adornment on that fence. :)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I love the red and white - it's so vivid. He's a handsome model. I hope the weather improves for you, although around here, March is not usually worth looking forward to...

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

sure is nice of that fence to keep your name there... cool!! i love cardinals so i am a fan any time you share. fun!! ( :

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful red and white!

"Madeleines Pics" said...

Wow!
Gorgeous shot!

Leave It To Davis said...

Well, with a handsome face like that his 5 minutes may last much longer!!! That picture is just out of this world!

Red said...

These guys are always a hit. Nice shot on the white fence.

Marie said...

He's beautiful! Like Lace and red velvet!

Karen said...

It can't get much better than this - a beautiful red cardinal right outside on your beautiful white gate. Stay warm. xoxo

diane b said...

A great shot. Nice and sharp and a narrow depth of field. You don't need to go far to take great shots.

s.c said...

Splendid eyecatcher.Great capture here. Thanks for showing

Liz Needle said...

Beautiful contrasts. I love your cardinals. Would love to see one 'in the flesh' so to speak.

Leora said...

Marvelous! I have been getting regular cardinal visitors in my backyard, but they don't sit and pose like this for me. I love the look and the fence.

Linley S said...

A beautiful adornment to your fence.

Revrunner said...

Looks like the cardinal enjoyed your fence, too. :-)

Nicki said...

The red of the Cardinal against the white of the fence is simply stunning.

Tricia Hays said...

i'm glad he decided to get his picture taken, cuz I love Cardinals & he's a beauty! Just look at that face & the head feathers... looks like a mohawk! =)

Jan n Jer said...

He is certainly a great model for posing on that pretty fence. Love this shot!

Faye said...

Very accommodating. We see many cardinals but they don't light long enoung for me to fiddle with the zoom to get this quality of closeup. He sure looks great on this fence.

Know what you mean about getting out. I love winter but tend to be a hermit.

Betsy Adams said...

Love seeing the Cardinal sitting on the gate... Cardinals are just so gorgeous...

Hugs,
Betsy

Sheryl Thompson said...

My favorite bird! Love the photo!

DeniseinVA said...

It's a beauty Carletta, photo and the cardinal. I love the iron gate, it contrasts beautifully with the red.

Deanna said...

Oh that is such a delightful image, the bright red against the weathered white fence. Both are wonderful. I certainly can't blame you for not wandering with your temps. Stay warm, spring will come.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture you show with an incredibly beautiful bird ...... not a bird we see in these parts :) Hanne Bente

Meggie said...

Terrific photo....I love the contrast of red on white.

Une Angevine said...

magnifique

acreativeharbor.com said...

Excellent photo of a beautiful cardinal ~ Wow!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful contrasts in color and a great shot!

George said...

This is a marvelous portrait of Mr. Cardinal. We're having the same kind of weather, so I know exactly how you feel. Hopefully we'll see some blue skies by next week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Cozying up in the house during that weather sounds perfect to me! And post all the cardinals you want...I just about never see them in real life and I love them. The one today is posing beautifully.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

He is just darling, and his color and the fence are such great contrast!

She Who Carries Camera said...

fantastic perspective and lines, not to mention the brilliant contrast in colors!

Marie said...

I had to add...yes, when I read your comment about America's Stonehange, I had this post ready to put up and I knew it was the same show. We've seen every episode since it first aired about two months ago. I was so jealous you got to go to America's Stonehenge! I would love to visit a lot of the places he has on the show. I've been reading about some of them for so many years, and now I feel like I've lost my chance...too far away from most, and now retired and o n a limited income making travel harder. BUT the crosses being here in Tucson was SO exciting to me! I have something important I can actually go see! :-) I think they will let you see them if you make a reservation, so yep, I'll be checking them out! :-) Plus, I want to drive to the site where they were found. So glad we have this common interest!

Pam ;) said...

Sweet as sweet can be. The white iron make him even more handsome. Gorgeous shot Carletta.

Karen said...

All my bird photos are from my yard this year. I love this shot with the white gate framing this handsome guy.

Kay said...

Oh, what a beautiful guy! We don't get cardinals in the Pacific Northwest, so they're a welcome and somewhat "exotic" bird to see. (We haven't had snow this year but the grey, cold, yuck days are a challenge to photography, aren't they?) Visiting from Weekly Top Shot.

Ruth said...

Lovely shot Carletta, I'm staying in a lot too! hope it warms up soon!

edenhills said...

You can never have too many cardinal shots! Love this one on the ornate fence.

Pat said...

This is a gorgeous capture; not only because of the bright red bird, but also because the white iron fence is a little distressed. Thanks for making me smile this morning!

DawnTreader said...

What a magnificent bird. We don't have any that colourful here - we just have the snow and ice :)

Andrew said...

I can't believe there is such a bird on the planet.. they are stunning.

Tracey from Haiku.You.Do said...

Quite a beautiful capture of the red against the white. I feel the same about the lack of inspiration...can't wait for spring!

Cindy said...

Lovely Cardinal!! Looks great on the fence.

Nancy said...

So glad I stumbled onto your blog as it is full of beautiful photographs. Your captures are just breathtaking....Lovely blog..

Madge Bloom said...

Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on Weekly Top Shot #72!

Neal said...

Perfect....that is a really good shot. You're going to have to tell me your secret of training those bird. :)

RamblingRound said...

What a fantastic closeup! Cardinals are such striking birds, and I love this one on the gate.

kelley jensen said...

perfect

ladyfi said...

Great shots of your lovely visitors.

Rose said...

Another excellent shot! Such a sharp-dressed little man!