Pretty Petal Picker

The Goldfinches are loving our Zinnias!

I already gave the female finch a chance to shine in a previous post – and was honored to have fellow blogger Snehal Kank turn her photo into a beautiful painting – do check out this artists work!  I am in awe of people who can draw and paint.

Today, the male Goldfinch gets his turn in the limelight…although every ounce of the word nerd in me thinks we should say lemonlight in his case!


This fellow first landed on a bud that hadn’t yet blossomed – then looked around and quickly relocated to a flower offering a more plentiful seed supply.

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It’s always fascinating to see them pick off the petals to gain easier access to the seeds. You can almost hear him saying, “She loves me, she loves me not…”

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I know it doesn’t sound very masculine, but isn’t he a pretty bird!  When the sunlight hits his golden feathers he truly gleams.


Have you noticed in the sequence of pictures how little by little the pink petals are disappearing?


By the time I got ready to head inside, the Zinnia had seen its better days.  On the other hand, my day was made better by watching the whole petal picking process!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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24 Responses to Pretty Petal Picker

  1. What a beautiful bird and a wonderful series of photos.

  2. Jill Kuhn says:

    Love your humor, Kathy! ❤️ Just love this sunny bird! 😃

  3. Snehal Kank says:

    Kathy you have wonderfully captured his petal picking sequence! I like that “She loves me, she loves me not…” 😆Your photos are a treasure for us 🎨😍Contrast, compostion everthing is just perfect for painting! Thank you so much for mention freind 💕

  4. Wonderful shots.! How long did it take him to pick the petals off the flower?

  5. A great series! Great post.

  6. laura lecce says:

    What a cutie! Its hard to get mad at such a pretty little bird!

  7. Stunning, what a beautiful bird Kathy.

  8. Jodi says:

    Oh the amazing shots you get!!!!

  9. kathydoremus says:

    It might sound silly, but I feel like God sets up some special shots for me just because He knows it makes me smile!

  10. Little Voice says:

    Once again, fabulous pictures.

  11. joepyeweed1 says:

    I grow these zinnias every year and watch the goldfinches work them over. The butterflies and bees love the zinnias, too. They really draw in the wildlife.

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