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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

The Backyard Bunch-The Cardinals

The Cardinals

The Cardinals

Introducing The Cardinals. Male and Female. Papa Bird and Mama Bird.

Each of these redbirds is colorful, with the male being a more vibrant red. They were both fluttering about each other in what seemed to be a mating dance. When they landed, I was able to capture them together, their eyes locked in a steady gaze.

The birds had previously built a nest within the honeysuckle vines along my fence. Yesterday, I posted a picture of a speckled eggshell, open and empty. I am on the lookout for baby birds.

The bright red cardinal is a beautiful sight to see. The cardinal happens to be the state bird of Virginia, where I live, so I am fortunate to frequently witness their flight. Still, I don’t take this view for granted. I can’t seem to stop myself from announcing “Cardinal!” at the sight, even when I am the only one around.

Do you have cardinals where you live?

Cherry Blossom Pink

Yesterday was a beautiful day to admire the Cherry Blossoms in town. The weather was sunny and warm with a gentle breeze. Branches filled with bursting pink blossoms swayed in the wind, beckoning my attention.

Cherry Blossom Lane

Cherry Blossom Lane

Traveling roads lined with these trees was, and is, a joy!

Landscape with Cherry Blossom

Landscape with Cherry Blossom

The pink blossoms, green grass, and blue sky define spring. Taking time to appreciate the landscape is rejuvenating. The springtime beauty of nature is a glorious gift!

Cherry Blossom Beauty

Cherry Blossom Beauty

I hope you enjoy these scenes of Spring in Virginia and that you will share the views from your hometown too!

My Landmark- The Mill Mountain Star

Mill Mountain Star

Mill Mountain Star

The landmark near and dear to my heart is The Mill Mountain Star. Also called the Roanoke Star, it is the world’s largest illuminated, freestanding man-made star! The Star is 88.5 feet in height and weighs 10,000 pounds. It was constructed in 1949 at the top of Mill Mountain and Roanoke was nicknamed “The Star City of the South.”

I love the bright neon star that brightens the sky in my hometown. I have gazed fondly on it in the distance since I was a child. It is a comforting sight to me that means home.

The Star sits 1045 feet above the city of Roanoke, Virginia. At the base of the Star, there is an overlook of the beautiful Roanoke Valley and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. You can enjoy the view of both natural scenery and the landmark Star!

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