The Ruin of Radiant

Ever since my elementary-aged self read Charlotte’s Web, the word “radiant” has been forever ruined for me. Whenever I hears that seven letter word, my mind imagines it masterfully woven into the web of that sagacious spider. And although the word will always belong to Wilbur,  I’d have to say it could also be ascribed to the male cardinals that have been visiting my backyard.

Are these fellows not …well…radiant!

I am partial to the pictures where their crown is on display…

…or where their head is titled in a posture of curiosity.

Yep…the male cardinal is definitely “some bird.”

And by the way, radiant isn’t the only word that has been taken hostage my Mr. White. Not long ago I walked into a bookstore, and as I entered the clerk called out, “Salutations!” – to which I replied, without missing a beat, “That’s a fancy way of saying hello.” The knowing smile I got in return assured me that we were kindred spirits, well-versed in the words of Charlotte.

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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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12 Responses to The Ruin of Radiant

  1. When I was a child someone gave me a lovely ornament of a Red Cardinal. Its wonderful to see your photos of the real bird! – Liz, New Zealand

  2. Jodi says:

    Lol. Too cute. They are so radiant! Salutations to you today Kathy! 😉

  3. Mags says:

    They are for sure radiant. I am blessed to have a lot of cardinals visit my yard daily. Have a great weekend and keep enjoying the beautiful birds.

  4. pamkirst2014 says:

    Beautiful shots; those redbirds hang out around us, too.

    And I’m sharing this with Charlotte fans….

  5. de Wets Wild says:

    They cannot be described in any way but “radiant”!

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