Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Not So Unwelcome Visitor~

When the neighbors are away, I stay on call for feeding the furry children and the wildlife.  Last week, I was making one of these visits and I aways have my camera on hand.  I had noticed a group of female and male Cardinals at the large tray feeder.  I took my camera to the door, opened it just enough to take one image of the group, moved my camera a bit to the left and could not believe my eyes.  In fact at first, I wondered if I were looking at a reflection from further away.  The Red-Shouldered Hawk was perched on a branch, just beyond the tray feeder and the Cardinals just kept eating away.  In the distance, I could hear the Gray Squirrels doing their alarm calls, as if to say...guys, guys, do you not see the monster bird right next to you....  I went to another room to get a better look-see, but the hawk must have heard my footsteps and flew away.  I went back round and the Cardinals were not phased in the least...I have put the time underneath each image, just to show how quick this all took place.
Nature, always something that we just do not expect, and we have to love it!
~Happy weekend~

*Note...I went to my Internist today and he has ordered an MRI for a week from today, at 6:15 in the morning...  I am having some weakness in my arms and shoulders and some pain in upper neck area.  Would appreciate all good thoughts.  I am feeling very well otherwise, so maybe just feeling aches and pains of getting older~






  1. Nice visit! I just can't beleive how many Northern Cardinal are present at your feeder's!

  2. Wow wow and wow... First for the pallet of red you got at your feeders and second, this big predator! Wow.. incredible and I can guess your excitement....

  3. the hawk is gorgeous, but the cardinal shot is too! you have quite the big platform feeder! love it! obviously your birds do as well!

  4. The cardinals probably thought there was safety in numbers. Great shots Mary.

    Of course I will keep you in my prayers. Just you look after yourself and don't worry so much about your family. They will sort things out amongst themselves.

  5. Great pictures of the Hawk and the Cardinal.


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