The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Tag: cardinal

Tuesday Tune: Northern Cardinal

photograph by Brian Willson What does a Northern Cardinal sound like? “Cheer, cheer, cheer!”


haiku and text by Kristen Lindquist Watching a female cardinal at my feeder, admiring her big, seed-chomping, bright orange bill and how it contrasts so prettily against her black face. So near, I notice details I never picked up on before. For example, her crest is tipped in red, as if rouged with lipstick. It […]

Tuesday Tune: Harbinger

photograph and text by Brian Willson This is the week it began. When I first stepped out early yesterday and heard the trill of a northern cardinal, I knew. Then came the loose, lazy warble of a house finch, for good measure. Soon song sparrows will be returning, and—perhaps the surest (and most miraculous) sign […]

Sun After A Grey Day

text and haiku by Kristen Lindquist At day’s end the sun finally shines, and the joy of it is that I’m able to sit out on my back step–well insulated, but outside–and write for a little while before dinner. The low light breaks through bare branches to make the river gleam like polished silver. The […]

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