The Virginia state bird is the Cardinal and the state tree is the Dogwood. In our area, thankfully we escaped the destruction from Sandy.
During the storm a branch fell out of a nearby tree knocking one of my bird feeders off the pole and cracking the plastic. A little seed remained inside, just below the crack. I hung the feeder in a dogwood tree and within minutes birds flocked.
A pair of cardinals arrived first. She was rather shy preferring to remain hidden. Bright, bold and beautiful he quickly landed on the feeder and ate to his heart’s content.
Down a heavily forested road an opening to the Chesapeake Bay emerges. Here as the sun was slowly setting on Havens Beach my companions and I came across the Great Cormorant also known as shags. The golden light made the old pilings glow and the birds majestic.
Cormorants feature quite commonly in heraldry and medieval ornamentation, usually in their “wing-drying” pose, which was seen as representing the Christian cross.
The mild winter meant that the dandelions never stopped blooming in my Virginia garden. I took this photo with my macro lens on a delightfully warm March day.
So many are irritated by the presence of this weed – not me. I see magic and beauty and incredible architecture from nature. Go ahead and click on the photo for a larger view and see if you can get lost in the center. Where the brown pointy parts (technical term) remind me of the points of an arrow.