Featured in Songbirds of North America December 15, 2010.
Featured in Feelin’ Good December 12, 2010.
Featured in The Best of Anything and Everything December 11, 2010.
Featured in Layered With Texture December 3, 2010.
Third Place in “Red” challenge in Weekly Theme Challenges July 7, 2009.
Featured in I Love Birds May 27, 2009.
Featured in DSLR Users Only May 25, 2009.

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A male cardinal outside my kitchen window (Montgomery County Maryland) on a cold March winter’s day in 2009. This image is an homage to Jan Piller whose work I admire so much.

Image taken with the Nikon D40x and the 70-300mm vr Nikon / Nikkor lens. Post processing included some brush strokes in Photoshop, levels, burning and dodging a texture layer and the addition of the snow flakes, thanks to Obsidian Dawn.

Featured in Leslie Nicole’s Holiday and Wintery Photographs With Textures blog December 17, 2010.

Texture from Princess of Shadows at Deviant Art


Male Northern Cardinal
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Family: Cardinalidae
The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of passerine birds found in North and South America. The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in another family, the Thraupidae (previously placed in Emberizidae).
These are robust, seed-eating birds, with strong bills. The family ranges in size from the 12-cm, 11.5-gram Orange-breasted Bunting to the 25-cm, 85-gram Black-headed Saltator[verification needed]. They are typically associated with open woodland. The sexes usually have distinctive appearances; the family is named for the red plumage (colored cardinal like the color of a Catholic cardinal’s vestments) of males of the type species, the Northern Cardinal.
The “buntings” in this family are sometimes generically known as “tropical buntings” (though not all live in the tropics) or “North American buntings” (though there are other buntings in North America) to distinguish them from the true buntings. Likewise the grosbeaks in this family are sometimes called “cardinal-grosbeaks” to distinguish them from other grosbeaks. The name “cardinal-grosbeak” can also apply to this family as a whole.
Most species are rated by the IUCN as least concern, though some are near threatened."

info courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    This is beautifully done, Lois!!!!! Fantastic!!!!!

  • Thank you sweetheart!!!!!!! I’m so glad you liked it!!!! Hugzz!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • scottimages
    scottimagesalmost 6 years ago

    Lois this is gorgeous!!!! I can see Jan’s influence in this piece…. isn’t she amazing! A very inspiring artist!
    I see you kept your love of vibrant colour in the image too :)))

  • Hello dear Rosemary!!!!! Thank you so much … yes, I’m a devoted fan of our Jan’s … her work always brings an ooooh … and so often a laugh as well!!!! She can do no wrong in my eyes!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 6 years ago

    this works beautifully, lois!

  • Hi Nadine, hon!! Thank you so much!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations you have been featured in the DSLR users only group

  • Kelly, thank you so so so so much!!!! I’m honored!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • linaji
    linajialmost 6 years ago

    Lois this is just an amazing shot and treatment is perfect! Congrats on the feature!

  • thank you so much!!!!! I’m so glad you liked this one … and am just thrilled with the Feature!!! YAY!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 6 years ago

    So beautiful sweetie. Gorgeous bird.

  • Thank you, Tenia!!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning colour Lois.

  • Thank you, sweetie!!! They really are an amazingly colorful critter!!

    – Lois Bryan

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSalmost 6 years ago
    Beautifully done, Lois, and congrats on a very well deserved feature.
  • Hi Mick, dear!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • janpiller
    janpilleralmost 6 years ago

    Oh it’s sooo beautiful!!!! You did a really nice job! And the birdy is perfect! This is better than any I’ve done! But thanks for the linky link anyway! This is gorgeous!

  • Thank you Jan … for your comment and also for your inspiration and support!!! You are a gem … and we all admire and adore you!!!!!! I’m glad you’re pleased with this little tribute to you and your extraordinary talents and creativity!!! Hugzzzzzzzz!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • InkandBrush
    InkandBrushalmost 6 years ago

    What a bright and cheerful wee bird! Nicely done.

  • Thank you so much!!!!!! Yes, they are a wonderfully cheerful little bird!! We love them!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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