photo copyright Heather Anderson
Many years ago now, I was casually looking out my studio window while I was on the phone, and suddenly, the garden seemed to explode with red. First one, then another bright crimson cardinal landed on the bird feeder, and soon their 'wives' (as I enjoy thinking of them) arrived. I'm sure the person I was speaking with must have thought I was very strange indeed, as I enthused and laughed and generally expressed my delight. The Cardinals must have decided that we ran a decent establishment, with lots of good food and natural shelter, and as much protection from predators as possible, because they have come back every winter, with their numbers steadily increasing. To me, one of the most exciting winter sights is a flock of brilliant red Cardinals against the white snow, with their lovely ripple of song ringing out in the cold air. With these beauties around, I don't find Winter dull at all.