Cholla Cardinal


Cholla Cardinal tells the story of a male cardinal perfectly perched on a cholla branch. These bright and colorful birds are everyone’s favorite.


The exceptionally vibrant Northern Cardinal, with its signature bright red feathers and orange bill, holds a distinction that no other bird can claim: it is the state bird of seven states (Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina)!

The cardinal’s range is throughout the midwest and eastern states. Cardinals also live in southern Arizona, northern Mexico, and most of Texas. This finch, for the northern cardinal is indeed a finch, is well-liked throughout its range.

Of course, you don’t always find it perched on cactus, as is the case here. This fine fellow stopped for a while in the crook of a piece of cholla cactus, making this a uniquely southwestern piece.

This bird does not migrate, meaning you can hear its clear call of “cheer cheer cheer” or “purty purty purty” year round, lending cheering and prettiness throughout the year. Best of all, the northern cardinal population is on the rise. There are no conservation issues with this fine bird.

The next time you see a flash of red pass by, it might be the cardinal, heading out to forage. Or, perhaps one is returning to its nest. But, in any event, the cardinal adds joy and beauty to the day.

The perfect companion to Cholla Cardinal

Cardinal Love is the perfect companion piece to Cholla Cardinal.

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Matted Photograph, Finished Aluminum


12×18, 20×30, 8×10