The Nature of Red

As we continue to celebrate “A Year in Color” at the Cape Nature Center, we start with articles exploring the dazzling array of colors we find in Missouri’s outdoors. 

What better place to start than with February and its most famous color… red.

We see red everywhere in nature, from rusty Ozark soils, to the famous “pink rocks” of the St. Francois Mountains, royal catchfly blooms in summer, and possibly our most striking songbird, the Northern Cardinal. 

While our venerable St. Louis baseball team’s success ebbs and flows, the Northern Cardinal is always a winner.

Their bright red feathers freshly molted after fall are at their peak of color during the dark and dreary winter, just when we need their color most. 

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