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. 🙂