Northern CardinalThis time of year, I sit in an east-facing window with my morning cup, absorbing as much light through my eyes into my brain as I can, to stave away symptoms of SAD. It’s my giant lightbox. 🙂

Yesterday, this male Northern Cardinal seemed to be doing the same thing, trying to warm himself in the rising sun. A chilly wind buffeted his crest, which, along with his beak, glowed in the morning light. Cardinals, often associated with Christmas, symbolize hope, love, cheer, pride, focus, creativity, energy and renewal.

I realized we weren’t all that different, he and I, dependent upon the light and warmth of the sun. Feeling a connection, I quietly enjoyed our peaceful moment together.

Wishing you and yours a warm, wonderful and peaceful holiday season.


About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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103 Responses to Basking

  1. What a lovely shared moment – he’s a beauty! Wishing you all the best for Christmas Eliza.

  2. Jet Eliot says:

    Thank you, dear Eliza, for sharing this peaceful Cardinal moment with us, and reminding us that we’re all on this beautiful earth together. Thank you for sharing so many of your garden moments with us this year, and the light and beauty that surrounds you.

  3. Denzil says:

    The Cardinal is a valuable bird then indeed, with all those wonderful attributes it symbolizes. May your year ahead be full of Cardinals Eliza!

  4. Cardinals are so magical! Merry Christmas Eliza!

  5. Alice Pratt says:

    Watching and enjoying the gorgeous feathered friends, .especially when we leave bird seed out and suet (which I now bring in every late afternoon, so possums or coons won’t devour it), is so fun…and the birds ‘know you’…I’ve had lots of fun going through photos on my iPad of grand daughter, BST caterpillars, flowers, veggies and occasional wildlife that I was fortunate to see…a doe, a fawn a stag, a ‘coon, twice…days will be getting longer as we start the cycle again. Looking forward to buying Pansies, bees coming out of their hives…wondering what will be growing out of the compost this year. Making soup with healthy ingredients. Lots to keep busy and appreciate. Enjoy your Christmas time, family, friends Wren…other kitty and Bunny! ❤️

  6. Great reminder how similar we all are.

  7. Love the picture, I saw one yesterday, then read “seeing a Cardinal means someone in heaven is thinking about you” Happy Holidays.

  8. What lovely sentiments to go with that handsome Cardinal. Holidays greetings to you as well, Eliza.

  9. Sounds like a wonderful spot! Merry basking!

  10. neihtn2012 says:

    Basking is a good word!

  11. Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing this peaceful moment!🙂

  12. Val Boyko says:

    Love this shared moment Eliza. I came home the other day to find a very sleepy terrier enjoying the sun coming in the window. It really nourishes body, mind and soul. Enjoy 🌞

  13. arlingwoman says:

    I like basking myself. Merry Christmas, Eliza, and best wishes for the new year (may it be sunny most days).

  14. Treah says:

    What a lovely post! Love & hugs to you & yours in this Light-increasing season……

  15. Christina says:

    Our European robin has similar attributes and they are so friendly they will virtually sit on your spade.

  16. Maria says:

    Same to you. Merry Christmas! How nice to see the Cardinals! I read their range extends all the way to Mexico and even Guatemala. They don’t migrate, they’re just permanent residents where they were born.

  17. I know how you feel Eliza. We have to soak up every ray of sunshine we can. That was a great shot of the cardinal. Wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday season.

  18. Kris P says:

    I don’t think I have SAD but I do love the sun’s warmth when I’m puttering in the garden, especially when the temperatures are chilly (which in my estimation includes those in the low 60s). I hope you enjoy sunny mornings throughout the holiday period. Merry Christmas, Eliza!

  19. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    You too Eliza, have a wonderful Festive holiday. May you enjoy more of that winter sunlight.

  20. Lovely post Eliza! Best wishes for the holiday season!

  21. susurrus says:

    Merry Christmas! I love to see cardinals in my sweetheart’s garden but have never even come close to getting a picture of one. We don ‘t have them in England.

  22. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Beautiful, thank you so much. I wish you the same, Eliza 🍒🍒🍒

  23. Wishing you a wonderful holiday, Eliza! Thank you for this lovely post and sweet photo. 😊

  24. germac4 says:

    I haven’t had a chance to comment yet, but I enjoy reading your blog & especially your story today about the Red Cardinal. My neighbour hangs an ornamental one on her door every Christmas after spending some time in the US. It is nice to know all that he symbolises. ( I live in Australia) Best wishes for Christmas & the New Year.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Cardinals are almost tropical in coloring, our brightest resident bird. They really are lovely to see flying through our bleak winter landscape.

  25. Widdershins says:

    Kickin’ back and soaking up some rays! 😀

  26. Enjoy your sunshine! Have a warm and happy Christmas Eliza. (We are in front of a roaring fire)

  27. ladyfi says:

    How lovely! Sending warm wishes.

  28. Chloris says:

    Gorheous picture, what a beautiful bird. Happy Christmas Eliza.

  29. dawnbirdau says:

    Enjoy the warmth. Beautiful pic as always. Merry Christmas and warmest wishes for the new year. Thank you for your presence and encouragement over the year.

  30. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Such a beautiful shared moment Eliza, I love the way the cardinal looks over its shoulder at you. May the holidays bring you many more blessings 🤗💖🐦🎄 xxx

  31. Peter Herpst says:

    Thanks for sharing the light and warmth of this special shared moment. Merry Christmas to you both!

  32. Val says:

    Beautiful bird! I hope you are having a good Christmas, Eliza. And have a lovely new year, too.

  33. Celia says:

    Such a beautiful bird. Hope you get plenty of light and warmth this holiday season!

  34. gaiainaction says:

    Beautiful moment Eliza. I once saw a bright red cardinal bird while visiting Connecticut and it was a special moment too. Birds are such a blessing in our lives.

  35. What a beauty and a great shot Eliza

  36. rickii says:

    Wishing you all those things and more! Happy Basking!

  37. bittster says:

    That sounds like a wonderful spot there in the sun. Today I was able to enjoy a little light outside and it felt great after all the gloom of the recent weeks.
    All the best for a wonderful holiday season!

  38. naturebackin says:

    How lovely to share across species such a connection as basking in the warming rays of the morning winter sun and appreciate our common needs and dependencies. Wishing you more sun-filled mornings this winter and a peaceful holiday season.

  39. This cardinal may be called northern, but we’ve got them down here in Austin, too.

  40. What a lovely post and photo! Made me smile this morning 🙂

  41. Hello Eliza, I think it always helps to feel kinship with other non-human animals, going about their daily lives just as we go about ours. We all need sunlight and we are all grateful for it in the winter months, just like you and your Cardinal friend. I’m glad you found this moment of connection and could feel that moment of joy and kinship. Those moments are important :). Rebecca x

  42. Robin says:

    Wishing you the same, Eliza. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful moment with us. 🙂 (And all of the other wonderful moments you share throughout the year!)

  43. Sagittarius Viking says:

    Beautiful moment Eliza!

  44. What a beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing!

  45. Cathy says:

    A beautiful bird and a great photo Eliza. Wishing you a very happy new year and lots of sunshine and light to start off the new year! I haven’t needed my lamp this winter yet as it hasn’t been as grey as usual, but I know how it feels when the days are so short.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Winter can be tough without enough sunlight. Tomorrow I’m heading south for a week’s getaway to longer days and warmer sun. So excited to escape!

  46. Very nice Eliza! Cardinals are wonderfully symbolic and can also be associated with reincarnation, especially the spirit of family members. Cardinal has come to a good friend only at 2 different times when she lost family members.

  47. What an unusual bird. Good that you could share the moment together.

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