While hiding in the shadows of our home trying to get a photograph of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, I was surprised when this beautiful male Northern Cardinal landed about ten feet from where I stood. My camera was at my side, and not wanting to spook the bird, I slowly raised my rig. I silently prayed that the bird would stay put. I quickly got off two shots before the Cardinal fled. The first photo was completely out of focus, but the second one was great. Enjoy!