The cardinals have been out in full force, jewel-colored flashes glittering against the stark background of snow. I’ve watched this pair over the last year as they built their nest, hatched and raised a pair of boy and girl siblings to teenager-hood. It’s fascinating to see that even now the whole family stays together. I love the way the male here seems to be gazing lovingly at his mate. Beaks may no be able to bend in a smile, but her certainly looks both smitten and fully chuffed!