Goodbye Mr. Pip

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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This is my friend, Mr. Pip. He’s a male cardinal … one of the wild things that bring so much joy to so many. I’m convinced that this particular guy has been my backyard pal for a long time. I read somewhere that they can live to 15 years, and I like to think that’s true. He and his wife come when I call them … well, that’s how I see it, lol, and every year he brings his new, scruffy brood by to learn the ins and outs of our “squirrel-proof” feeder.

The reason for the title is a happy-sad one. My husband and I are downsizing and relocating to a place where I’m pretty sure Mr. Pip and his little family won’t be following us. But we’ve been very fortunate to find a buyer for our place who I believe will feed my birdies at a feeder and rescue my froggies from from the pool … in short … I think we’re leaving our friends in good hands.

So … goodbye Mr. Pip. I’ll miss you.

Original photographic image taken on a gorgeous May evening in 2013 with the Nikon D300 and the 150-500mm Sigma lens. Treated to lots of play in Photoshop, then completely digitally hand-painted with a Wacom tablet and brushes in Corel Painter 2015.

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