A Subtle Beauty



Her tangerine beak

and red-tipped mohawk, contrasts

tufts of golden brown.




One of my favorite birds is the female cardinal. While her male counterpart is bold and regal, she is subtle and complex, a real beauty.  Throughout the winter I can count on finding her perched on the bare dogwood branches outside my office window.

7 thoughts on “A Subtle Beauty

  1. “Subtle and complex” is a great way to describe her. I am always disappointed that males in so many species of animals are “prettier” but maybe I’m just looking at it the wrong way! Thanks for sharing!

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