This male cardinal is a year round habitant of our neighborhood and a frequent visitor to our bird feeders. On one snowy day, he sat in a pine tree just outside my window. I quickly set up my camera with a telephoto lens. The window had a fine layer of hoar frost, my fist was just the perfect size to melt a small window through the frost. The telephoto lens allowed the background to be blurred and the hoar frost caste a softness to rest of the image.
This image has become a popular note card especially around the Christmas season.