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Cardinal Red (CYW-Red)

Cardinal Red

Red feathering immediately draws our attention to the cardinal. We can’t miss it. It is a stand-out bird. I have been wanting to capture a picture of a cardinal in my flowering dogwood tree. The Cardinal is the Virginia state bird and the dogwood is the state tree. Finally, I got my chance! Here is the photo, recently posted on my Instagram.

Representing Virginia

Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!

Pole Position

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red

Color Your World-Red

Red

Red

Red Haiku (Alert)

Red blossom alert
Demanding of attention
Wild admiration

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge-Red

The Red Door Dream

Red Door

Red Door

The Red Door Dream

I see the red door in a dream, partially obscured by swaying tree branches. I feel the soft wind on my face, cool air brushing my cheek. I hear the strong, steady beat of my heart as I step forward. I am unafraid. Time slows. My legs start to feel heavy. I bite my lip and it starts bleeding. My face flushes with heat and my vision starts to blur. I wake up drenched with sweat.

The dream is recurrent. Each time, I draw closer to the door but wake before reaching it. The journey seems endless. The anticipation is agonizing.

Even when awake, I re-live the dream. I wonder if I can make myself reach the door in my sleep. I talk to myself. I tell myself I can do it. It is hard to think of anything else. I look for the door everywhere I go.

Now, here I stand, only inches away from touching the door. My heart starts to race. I am afraid. I don’t know what to expect. I no longer know if I am dreaming. I gasp for air and take an unsteady step back.

The red door opens.

*this post seems to meet the requirements for several blogging challenges as follows:

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge,Door, challenges us to post a photo and consider how the elements might add up to a story.

Laura’s Literary Lion challenge asks us to include the word “bleeding” in our post of 400 words or less.

A late addition to Andy’s Dark Side Thursday which challenges us to create a dark story.

And, I think this photo belongs in Lucile’s Photo101Rehab Clinic too.

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