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Posts tagged “Cardinal

Bad Hair Day?

I’ve been mulling over the idea behind this post for quite awhile and, despite some reservations, decided to go forward with it.  Now before you start sending me comments and emails, I know they are really feathers – not hair!  The head feathers on birds quite often are unique breed markings that also bring some degree of character to the birds.  That character may evoke an appearance of surprise, defense, elegance, comedy or maybe eccentricity.  Whatever the character, there is certainly a wide variety of head-dress styles sported by our flying friends, and I thought I’d share a sampling of them with you.

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Just as there are commonly vast differences between birds, there are differences among us humans as well.  Yet, despite our physical differences, followers of Jesus Christ, can take heart in Ephesians 2:10; “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.”  While this scripture offers some degree of comfort, it also tells us that, as new creations in Christ, through His grace,  the Spirit has designed and prepared us to be fruitful in good works.  The performance of good works is not a path toward salvation, but a product of our salvation.  Believers are blessed with knowledge of His will and the assistance of His Holy Spirit.

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A Break in Winter’s Monotony

I just wrapped up a 9-day business road trip, covering parts of seven states.  The weather was generally foul while driving, and my schedule was rather full when I wasn’t.  Given this situation, camera time was pretty limited.  During a deadhead cruise from central Iowa to the Denver, Colorado area, I made a pitstop at Amana, Iowa to return some phone calls and answer several emails.  That day, and the previous three, had been cloudy and foggy, so I had little hope of doing any meaningful photography.  However, as I was hunting for a WiFi connection to hijack in Amana, the clouds broke and the sun shone brightly.  Just as quickly as the sunlight appeared, birds were suddenly flitting around in the trees next to my parked pickup.  I captured the Cardinal and Blue Jay during the short period of sunshine.

On the second to last day of the trip, I made a detour to Barr Lake State Park in Colorado.  I have visited this park in the past, finding it a convenient place to take a couple hour break and an opportunity to stretch my legs around the perimeter of the lake.  On previous visits here, I have found the Northern Flickers tend to be unafraid of me, making great photography subjects.  Almost immediately a Flicker appeared in the trees and allowed me to get several shots off before he became bored with me.  There were also a number of House Finches foraging through the brush, offering yet another photographic target.

Photography is my relief valve; a way for me to clear my head and recharge myself so that I can meet the next challenge.  Knowing my schedule was going to limit my hobby-time, I prayed for some opportunity to capture something unique during this journey…as our Lord promises, my prayer was answered!  “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9