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Uploaded: 12/12/05 5:21 AM GMT
Cardinal Country
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This was taken from my deck during a blinding snowstorm the other day. There were 11 male Cardinals and 10 females feeding. This guy is looking up, wondering how he will ever find room at the buffet table! Many, many thanks to Doug (AlphaDog) who helped me with some slight post-editing due to the low light conditions that I shot in. Critique/comment friendly format. All are welcome. Thanks and enjoy :~)

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+mayne
12/12/05 6:21 AM GMT
So beautiful Mimi. The centered composition works well with your deck rail. The snow gives the image some blur. I like the inner glow although the lines extending in from the corners are a bit distracting. A great holiday image:-)
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Darryl
::verenabloo
12/12/05 8:20 AM GMT
This is very beautiful...of course the red with the white is perfect..a blinding snowstorm? wow..Ive gone thru some of those when I used to live in North Dakota..in 40 below zero weather..but I was snug inside..I like this photo very much, but i do wish those lines were not there going out to the corners, it makes the birdie look like he is in a box...but other than that its a grand picture!!
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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love..............
::J_272004
12/12/05 10:54 AM GMT
Great shot mimi... love how he stands out against the background.. the colour and lighting is great, like how you have the frosted look around the edges... very lovely.... ohh and thanks for throwing the snow storm =) im feeling cooler now.. =D
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"I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" / Jimmy Dean
::laurengary
12/12/05 11:53 AM GMT
Hi Mimi ! Love this image, nothing like that bold cardinal red in a snowstorm, is there ? I don't mind those lines from the snow at all, or the edging, I like your whole shot. A very pretty image !
Lauren
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Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right.....Three Lefts Do ................. MY GALLERY
.BRIX
12/12/05 1:27 PM GMT
very nice and softle shot!!!!
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“Suspiros etereos se abrazan con un beso eterno” Enjoy My Gallery
::Morwyn
12/12/05 1:40 PM GMT
Beautiful capture.. I love the framing, it highlights the bird and softens the edges..
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One bead at a time
.alexis518
12/12/05 2:28 PM GMT
Mimi, an absolutely fabulous capture! The softness around the edges works so well with the almost white-out snow storm. Well done!
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We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give.
&trisbert
12/12/05 3:14 PM GMT
What a beautiful enigmatic image Mimi. Now why would any self respecting bird be out in such a storm.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
agnostico
12/12/05 8:06 PM GMT
What a beautiful shot, Mimi. I like the red of the poor fellow against the background. In such weather conditions I realize how hard to survive is. What a life! Thanks for sharing your lovely picture.
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::AlphaDog
12/12/05 10:18 PM GMT
Mimi, I really like how this turned out. The slower shutter acutally brought out the direction and adds to the intensity of the snow fall. I really like how the snow direction and the cardinal are perfectly vertical. He looks uncomfortable but defiant.
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.foofoo
12/12/05 10:55 PM GMT
This is absolutely beautiful. Well suitable for framing. Has definitely gone into my favs.., :)
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.bjb
12/16/05 1:39 PM GMT
I have found a beautiful holiday image that will serve my desktop well all winter for that matter. I can safely say a new all-time favorite of yours for my tastes. The contrasts are wonderful. I love the centered shot with the soft framing that gives it a subtle depth as well. Unique and appreciated. ;)
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When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance... Leanne Womack
::marilynjane
12/17/05 6:26 PM GMT
Hi Mimi, this is absolutely beautiful! How nice of Doug to help and expert, smiling! I love it! Congratulations to both of you for presenting us with a very happy and well done photo! Together you make magic! Darryl is so right, the colors blend splendidly!! Perfect in every way and into my favs dear friend! High marks from me with pleasure! Sincerely, Marilyn
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.Mudpuppy
12/22/05 4:42 PM GMT
Absolutely lovely. This is a really great picture. I sure that poor little guy was able to get into the buffet too. Fabulous border and the capture of snow falling is wonderful. Great, great image !!
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"Holy, holy, holy is the lord God Almighty - the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come."
.mesmerized
12/22/05 5:43 PM GMT
Wonderful closeup and capture of this most beautiful of birds, Mimi...I hear them around me but seldom see them and certainly not so close as to get a good shot like this...had it on my desktop one day when I had no time to stop and comment...good job, my friend, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.:Pat.
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Christmas is just plain weird. What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree in your living room eating candy and snacks out of your socks?
::dreamer100
01/02/06 6:03 PM GMT
That beautiful natural soft filter wiped out any distraction in the backgroud and still left you a lot of detail and color impact. Great seasonal shot
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::madmaven
01/18/06 9:24 PM GMT
Very beautiful Mimi! I wonder and am amazed at how such delicate birds survive in such conditions that we'd surely perish in! I love cardinals! This is just gorgeous!
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.auroraobers
01/22/06 5:03 AM GMT
I absolutely love it! This is a wonderful picture.
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.June
02/01/06 3:23 PM GMT
I see this one was very popular.
This is just gorgeous Ma!
Love it, why didn't you show me this somewhere else? LOL
JuneBug
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"A picture is worth a thousand words"
.ezulwinikid
02/09/06 6:08 PM GMT
Oh this is so lovely! What a beautiful bird, its amazing how tough they are and yet they look so fragile! Thank you for sharing your world...
Deborah
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.diajea
02/21/06 12:20 AM GMT
OMG, this is soo beautiful! Lovely capture and that is one heck of a good editing job....gave it such a nice effect....very creative. I wish we had cardinals in the NW...never saw one except in a picture...thank you for sharing yours,
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.ted3020
02/27/06 11:24 PM GMT
This is so beautiful. You happened to be there at the right moment. That picture says a lot even if you were just looking at it. Thanks.
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bennyeau1
03/07/06 2:34 AM GMT
He's so sweet. I like the way there's
a bluring to the picture. He looks like he's thinking
things over. A pretty desktop for me :)
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mattie
03/20/06 9:34 PM GMT
This is such a wonderful shot. I love it!
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John 10:27
wooden
03/22/06 7:35 AM GMT
nice catch
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.LynEve
04/23/06 9:38 AM GMT
I think this is quite a masterpiece - so simple and pure. The soft framing adds to the loveliness of it. A favourite for sure :)
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Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see the shadows. It's what sunflowers do - Helen Keller
::sasraku
09/01/06 9:40 AM GMT
Love it....

Mark.
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Sasraku
::kwaters
10/20/06 4:46 PM GMT
Just came across this while enjoying the various bird photos. This is like something from a Christmas card ! ! Absolutely beautiful -you had a great eye for composition on this!!!
Kat
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+photoimagery
10/31/06 2:30 PM GMT
Mimi, I've used this image as a desktop at least 25 times since you first posted it and it just keeps drawing me back.
Of all the images I've saved over these last few years this is the one that I keep coming back to.
It's 23 degrees F this morning and I think I'm going to use it again.
I never put it as one of my favorites but I'm going to right now.
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::PatAndre
12/16/06 4:04 AM GMT
Hi Mimi,
Ran across this one while rummaging around the site. Somehow, I missed seeing it. This is fantastic. This image causes a reaction in me and when an image does that, you have been most successful. The thought of this poor bird getting pummeled by the snow really moves me. Thks so much for providing food for them. Great image and a keeper.
Pat
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.0930_23
09/06/07 1:10 PM GMT
Any photo that has a Cardinal as the centerpiece is going into favorites. I found this while looking at your gallery. I'm fairly new to site so I'm just learning. Great post and composition. Hope Redbirds aren't left out this year.

Ron
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I'll meet you at the edge of the sunlight, just behind the shadows. The Ghost
::LakeMichiganSunset
05/18/10 11:01 AM GMT
Excellent detail in your picture...Beautiful color on the little cardinal..I am amazed....I can't even get to the window before they fly away...
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