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December 24, 2011 / Leslie

Mr. Cardinal is a Winner

I finally entered some of my photos in a contest and Mr. Cardinal was chosen as one of the winners. He will be enlarged to 11×17 and will be on the wall of the Visitor’s Center at Cantigny Gardens from February through December, 2012 and visitors can vote for their favorite photo. The picture is also being used on their web page and in the winter slide show. Did I mention how excited I am!

I took this picture during the 2009 Christmas Bird Count. It was a cold morning but the snow finally stopped falling, the sun came out and it was perfect for taking photos. Next week I will post Mrs. Cardinal who was perched on a higher branch and is just as beautiful as Mr. Cardinal.

Also, I’d like to thank my family, friends and the online community for encouraging me and making me believe that my photos were good enough to be competitive. Thanks everyone!


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.


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  1. apronheadlilly / Dec 24 2011 1:48 am



  2. Debbie Rodgers / Dec 24 2011 1:55 am


    It’s a magnificent photo and surely deserves to be a winner. If I was visiting the Cantigny Gardens next year, I’d vote for it.


  3. samstillreading / Dec 24 2011 4:24 am

    Congratulations! He is so cute (and Christmas-sy too).


  4. jaynesbooks / Dec 24 2011 4:33 am

    Very nice photo; love how the red pops in the midst of the brown and white.


  5. Louise / Dec 24 2011 6:12 am

    Congratulations! I’m very excited for you too. I can well understand how excited you are. Bird photography is so hard. I tried to find your photo on the garden site, but couldn’t today. I was very excited to see a few cardinals in Texas when I was there. This fellow looks resplendent in his red suit against the snowy branches.


  6. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Dec 24 2011 6:37 am

    That is gorgeous, especially with the snow covered branches. Congrats – Happy Holidays!


  7. Jayme@Beachreade / Dec 24 2011 7:00 am

    Congratulations. Thst is a stunning photo..


  8. Mary / Dec 24 2011 7:12 am

    Fantastic photo! Congratulations 🙂


  9. laurelrainsnow / Dec 24 2011 7:23 am

    Oh, congratulations! What an honor, but one you deserve. You have the patience and skill to capture wonderful photo moments.

    Thanks for sharing with us.



  10. Leeswammes / Dec 24 2011 7:27 am

    Congratulations, Leslie. I love that picture, a real beauty.


  11. BermudaOnion / Dec 24 2011 8:10 am

    Congratulations!!! I can see why he won!


  12. storygal / Dec 24 2011 8:34 am

    Oh, Leslie, this would also make a beautiful Christmas (or note) card. Congratulations on winning the contest.


  13. Elizabeth / Dec 24 2011 8:40 am

    What a wonderful photo…Congratulations on your well deserved win!


  14. The Book and Movie Dimension blogger / Dec 24 2011 9:17 am

    Big congratulations!

    I like it too, so surreal but perfect in simplicity.


  15. Karen B / Dec 24 2011 9:54 am

    Congratulations! Your picture is absolutely stunning!


  16. TheBookGirl / Dec 24 2011 11:04 am

    Hooray! That’s such great news Leslie. I can certainly see why this photo was chosen…the contrast of the cardinal against the snow is stunning.


  17. Patti Smith / Dec 24 2011 11:59 am

    This is an incredible photo!! I can see how it won a prize!!! Merry Christmas!


  18. Alyce / Dec 24 2011 12:19 pm

    That is so cool! Congratulations!


  19. Nise' / Dec 24 2011 12:25 pm

    How wonderful! Congratulations to you.


  20. Incredible news, congratulations! Well-deserved! Your pictures are stunning and this is just gorgeous, I love the contrast! Happy Holidays to you!


  21. Jill / Dec 24 2011 4:33 pm

    Beautiful shot! Congratulations!


  22. Bev@My Reader's Block / Dec 24 2011 5:31 pm

    Congratulations! A well-deserved win–you take the best pictures! I love this cardinal shot. I’m still trying to get a good one.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

    Here’s my snapshot:


  23. Suko / Dec 24 2011 6:11 pm

    Many congratulations, Leslie! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!!


  24. Anne Bennett / Dec 24 2011 7:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing your gift of photography with us and congratulations.


  25. Paulita / Dec 25 2011 8:16 pm

    So many of your pictures are excellent. They all deserve to be featured. Congratulations.


  26. Cathy / Dec 26 2011 12:35 am

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!!!!!!


  27. carol / Dec 28 2011 4:25 pm

    Congratulations! And it is a gorgeous photo.


  28. Marie / Dec 30 2011 5:20 pm

    Congratulations! Your photos are certainly worthy. Good job. By the way, this one is simple stunning.



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