Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cardinal Rules and the Posts of the Week

The sounds and sights of spring are in full swing now. Saturday afternoon, we saw this beautiful cardinal singing his heart out in hopes of attracting a mate. He sat high atop a tree in a patch of golden sunlight. Frank urged me to get in a little closer to try for a shot. He nudged, I snapped and the bird sang on. I love spring.


And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a Post of the Week - either as top post or as a runner up.

This week's POTW goes to..

The Long Goodbye
by Cricket
at Cricket and Porcupine

More wonderful posts are categorized below (they may well fit into more than one category but I'm only selecting one for each):

There's a Reason I Shop Alone
by Michelle
at House of Lime

by Gary
at Gary's Third Pottery Blog

I'm Such a Klutz Sometimes...
by Jill
at Jillsy Girl Studio

Cactus on the Windowsill
by Steve
at Take a Look Around

by MaggieGem
at This Life Thru the Lens

Treasure Chest
by Daniel
at Daniel's View

The Honeymooners (sort of)
by Jane
at Gaston Studio

Grandma's Hatpins
by DS
at Third-Story Window

Hubby's Best Friend
by Sandra
at Add Humor and Faith

I Have Never Understood
by Friko
at Friko's World

by Maggie
at Postcards

Different Words
by Diane
at The Blue Ridge Gal

Mornings With Hope
by Dianne
at Forks Off the Moment

I Am THE One. Lookie Me!
by Tabor
at Room Without Walls

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Frank Baron said...

I'm glad you listened. For once. ;)

He's a handsome fellow. Fine shot. :)

Dawn said...

That is one brilliant fellow:)
Nice capture...and yay for spring!

ADRIAN said...

A beautiful bird.....and the same for the image.

Anyes said...

We are the lucky ones to be looking at this beautiful shot. Thank you, Hilary

Cloudia said...

That cardinal looks like he's belting it out ala rock star!

congrats, everybody :-)

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral




June said...

If I were a female cardinal, my heart would be all pit-a-pat at the sight of that gorgeous boy!
Congrats to the POTWs.

Anonymous said...

Nice shot !! Did he attract his mate ???

Sueann said...

And great POTW awardees!!
I enjoyed reading every one of them!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

HEY, thanks, I am a WINNER!!!!!!!!!

Brian Miller said...

nice. i have read many of these already...great selection and congrats on the POTWs...

ah loving the sounds of spring

Sandra said...

A beautiful bird shot! And thank you so much for including my post about Hubby's K-9, E.J. in your POTW's. :)

Bob Bushell said...

Nice red bird.

Anonymous said...

I am always humbled to receive one of your awards. Thank you my dear, and kudos on that, what should be, an award winning cardinal photo. He's a beauty! Now, I'm off to read the rest of the winners.


Anonymous said...

what a great shot... singing away ♥

Ruth Hiebert said...

WOW! That is gorgeous.Wish I could hear him singing.

Anonymous said...

thank you Hilary!

That cardinal blows me away...great capture! And Cricket's post is superb!

MaggieGem said...

Such a wonderful photo... glad Frank urged you get closer!

Thanks so much for the POTW mention, I am honored!

Wonderful posts you picked this week, especially Cricket's loving story!

Steve Gravano said...

Thanks once again Hillary. That's an excellent photo. I can here him here on Long Island!
Congrats to all the POTWer's.

DJan said...

I sure wish I could see a cardinal who looks like that guy! They aren't common around here, I guess. Beautiful bird, and congratulations to all the POTWs.

Out on the prairie said...

Some real nice reads today. Like the cardinal shot, they always get my attention.

lime said...

you never fail to amaze me with your shots of songbirds. this one is just tremendous.

cricket's post stopped me in my tracks this week. what a powerful bit of writing. and thank you so much for the nod in humor writing though mine pales in comparison to his piece.

Cricket said...

Well thank you, my friend. I'm touched... in both senses, I suppose, but still...

Great shot of the cardinal. I see them quite a bit around here... I guess it helps that I can see them, as for some reason, they seem to favor a certain pine tree. The whole camouflage thing seems to be lost on them. Even so, I love those peeps.

Too bad you don't live closer. We could all get together for a game of Cardinal Puff ;-) It's been a while, but as they say "Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal, never a drop spilt.

My congratulations to all... now off to read/look/&c.

Kristina P. said...

Thank goodness for spring!

CiCi said...

This is one of the best pictures of a cardinal I have ever seen. Just beautiful.
I'm off to view this week's recommendations.

Daryl said...

AWESOME snap .. what a gorgeous creature that is .. and congrats to all the winners!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous cardinal! And thanks for all these posts to read...

ethelmaepotter! said...

Could there be any more brilliant color than this? I can actually hear that cardinal singing his song.

Oh, wait. My windows are open. It could be one of the birds outside I hear.

Congrats to all the winners!

Stephanie Faris said...

That cardinal is BEAUTIFUL!!! Hope you're having a great week.

Dan said...

Congratulations go out to all my "homies' for this weeks POTW!

Yo Hilary, I nominate your Northern Cardinal for POTW.

Barbara said...

What a great capture - mouth open in song! Congrats to all the POTWs!

Claudya Martinez said...

The brilliant red against the beautiful blue is perfection.

Eleonora Baldwin said...

I love cardinals, we don't have them here in Europe. Their bright red color is so unusual!

Thank you for the wonderful selection of blog posts, you always do such a great job at sourcing great reads and photobloggers for us to enjoy.

Eleonora @ Roma Every Day

Mage said...

Goodness. Thank you very much for the link, the kudos, and the very kind words on my sonnet. Thanks espeically for taking the time to read so many bloggers and let us know who is doing what out there in the world.

Little spring here....grey, grey and more grey. They say that the sun is blooming here soon, and all my breaks and arthritis ache so that must be true.

Karen said...

I am amazed! He is looking right at your camera. Show off! :)

Sebab said...

You captured the Cardinal in action!

ds said...

Brilliant photo, brilliant bird. Brilliant choice for the top POTW.

(Many many thanks; I am humbled to be in such company)

Now, some visiting to do...

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

That my dear is a brilliant photo of the cardinal!!!

Thanks for the great readin' list sweetie. I'll be readin' some while I'm waitin' supper for hubs.

Have a blessed and beautiful day sweetie!!! :o)

ben said...

wow dark red fellow looks attractive !!!Congrats to the POTW

SandyCarlson said...

I hope the singing paid off for the little red dude.

Thanks for these posts!

(I have not taught the dogs to heel, though now and again they will play dead!)

steviewren said...

There is little that brings joy to the heart as well as listening to birds sing. I'm happy to hear that Spring has finally arrived there.

Hilary said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Your kind words and support mean so much to me. :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful photo of the elegant cardinal Hilary; we see them all the time around here but have never tried to capture one in song.

And thanks so much for the mention for my post about Art Carney. I was painting all day yesterday and didn't know about it until late last night!

Kerri Farley said...

Oh you know how I LOVE these birds! Wonderful capture!!

larkswing said...

I read this post and wanted to share with you (loved it)

Kelly H-Y said...

That brilliant red cardinal against the gorgeous blue sky is stunning! Congrats to all the winners!

Dawning Inspiration said...

Yowza! That's a gorgeous bird against such a stunning blue sky!

Glo said...

Wonderful photo of the cardinal! Thanks for the variety of links :)

Lisa said...

What a stunning bird and love the Red. We dont have these here. I have never seen one.
Love it.

Balaphoto said...

Excellent shots!!!Salut!!!


Joop Zand said...

Very nice and colorful bird,
great shot Hilary.

greetings, Joop

Joop Zand said...

Very nice and colorful bird,
great shot Hilary.

greetings, Joop