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Red Cardinal

May 11, 2017

Every so often I see this red cardinal around our house. When I first noticed him, he would be on the ficus hedge at the side of the house and then later, I noticed him in a tree that’s on the neighbor’s front yard across the street. The contrast of the green tree and the very red bird is something that caught my eye. Things are very, very green around here, from hedges, to shrubs and bushes, and trees so a speck of bright red color will catch your eye if you pay attention. I usually pay attention – at least when it comes to things in nature. 

My kids think I’m weird because I get such pleasure out of these little things… the way the breeze flutters through the trees, the way an egret skims the surface of the lake, the way an anhinga comes up out of its depths with a fish speared in its beak, the sound a squirrel makes when it sits in or under a tree nibbling on a nut… I could go on but don’t want to bore you. 

Instead, I’ll share a few photos of the red cardinal…

According to Native American tradition, a cardinal is a sign of monogamy and if you are ina relationship you may experience renewed romance and courtship… The number 12 is also associated with the cardinal since you can see the bird all 12 months out of the year and it’s a sign of good things coming your way in 12 hours, 12 days or at noon/midnight. 

Another meaning associated with the cardinal is that it is a loved who passed away coming back to visit you. 

I’ll take either one of these and will enjoy seeing my little red friend whenever he comes to visit. πŸ™‚


xoxo, Susi

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  • Claudia | ImagesByCW May 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Unlike your girls I completely understand why you are loving those little things. They are important. I love the speck of red the Cardinal provides, beautiful.

    • Susi May 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      I knew you of all people would understand. πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly May 16, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I adore Cardinals.
    I didn’t know that there was a tale of them being someone who passed coming to visit. That’s very interesting!
    Cardinals used to be my elementary school mascot. In our gym they painted it to have boxing gloves on. It looked super bad ass. So naturally, I’ve always thought that cardinals were wicked little birds. But really we all know it’s the Blue Jays we need to watch out for….and Canadian Geese with their big old dog poop.

    • Susi May 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

      There are different lores attached to cardinals depending on where you look and what you believe in. Canadian geese are so funny. I love when they first arrive with their big honking sounds. πŸ™‚

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