Every time I see a Cardinal it reminds me of a story I know, about a Cardinal like the one pictured above and a young boy.
A brief encounter, an accident, and a boy changed forever, and afterwards this boy vowing to always be a champion for anything or anyone too small or incapable of defending themselves against something or someone bigger.
Cardinals are usually edgy when near people. In fact, they will give you a certain amount of room and then fly off into the brush.
This day, this particular guy, he allowed me to get within almost six-foot of him, which is extremely close for a bird of this kind.
He sat there, bobbing and adjusting his head to focus on me. I stood there and appreciated his beauty and also took the time and thanked God for amazing creatures like this.
I took a bunch of shots, some of my best I’ll save for later, and then I backed away and did what I always do, thanked the subject for the opportunity to photograph it.
The reason I take so many photographs of birds and encourage my children to do the same is for the challenge.
They are fast, agile, beautiful, and if you can become good at it, I’m thinking you can eventually be good at photographing almost anything.
I need to keep that for myself.
It was inspirational and one of the big reasons photography is so important to me today.
Capture images of things important to you.
Contrary to the lyrics in the fantastic song ‘Dust In The Wind,’ nothing last forever, not even the earth and sky.