July 27, 2009
Lora Render of San Antonio, Texas, photographed this Northern Cardinal at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in February 2009. She used a Leica V-Lux 1 camera with a 35-420mm lens.
Lora saw the cardinal bathing along the bank of a pond. "The lighting was beautiful, and the way he was tossing the water around, I knew I would have to get closer to get a descent picture," she says. "Eventually, I was able to sit 10 feet from him. After I took several photos, he finally acknowledged my presence by turning and looking straight at me. That's when I got this shot."Talk about this photo, and read what other people are saying about it, in our photography forum.
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