"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons of the Pioneers theme for TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon artist's musings melding metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sight and sound . of happiness

"Cardinal Happiness," 5 by 7 greeting card
They always grab your attention as they flit through the trees, against bare branches or evergreens of winter or late fall. And even if you can't see them when foliage is lush in late spring or summer, their distinctive song does also.
We are blessed with many cardinals, male and female, in this area, either coming to the bird feeders, or  in the woods of Hafer Park.
Both the sight and sound of them are greetings, lifting your spirits, taking your thoughts off anything else for moments, making time stand still, making the world go away. Their song is sensual, easily imitated late in the evening when one is calling for its mate, and you can carry on a conversation, almost...connecting you with the miracle of creation.
Cardinals make me happy, reminding me of the beauty of nature and of all life. Painting cardinals on a greeting card doubles the happiness.
Day 12 of #worldwatercolorgroup January paint happy things challenge.

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