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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  1. Adele Brand says:

    Such a beauty. I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year and are enjoying some sunshine as the days slowly grow longer.

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