The first cardinal flower I ever saw was in nature. It was a magical experience. My husband and I were hiking in the forest preserves and there in the dense woods was an opening of sorts with a ray of sunlight shining down through some tall trees, shining on a single glorious flower. It was as if it were a messenger standing in the woods waiting for us to come along. It was the brightest red I had ever seen...let alone in the deep of the forest.
This is my lone surviving cardinal flower. It surprised me hiding in with the beebalm.
Maybe it was waiting for me to come along.
A messenger of something good..perhaps
in my Open Bar of Joy