A large poke plant grew just a few feet from our naturalized bird feeders this past summer. When its fruit matured it became a natural feeder of its own providing numerous beautiful bird shots as they perched and fed among its branches. This male Northern Cardinal was helping himself to the fruit on October 31st.
As the autumn turned into winter the poke withered leaves turned a rich brown color making a perfect background for this pretty little White-throated Sparrow’s photograph on December 22nd.
As winter’s wind and snow has taken its toll; the poke weed is dried, sun bleached, and broken, but its potential as a photographic perch remains as good as ever as this photograph of a female Northern Cardinal illustrates.