One of my favorite things about our house is the tree line in our backyard. For some reason it is a nesting ground for dozens of bright red cardinals every winter. Every year I attempt to get a decent photo of them, but they love to nestle deep within the branches making for very cluttered shots.
Santa brought me a telephoto lens for my camera this year. I've been experimenting with how to use it and our feathery red friends seemed like the perfect subject matter. This was taken from the warmth of my living room through our glass patio doors. I'm a lazy nature photographer, apparently:
May not be worthy of National Geographic but, I'm pretty pleased with finally being able to get a close-up of these little guys. I just wish I had the talent to capture a wide-angle shot so you could see just how many are in the trees at any given moment. They've been an excellent source of counting lessons for the peanut this winter.