As he approached his car, a burst of scarlet startled him--a Northern cardinal, a striking red against the golden canvas, perched atop his vehicle.
With bated breath, he raised his camera, fingers trembling.
A soft flutter of wings announced another arrival. A second cardinal, pale brown, joined the scene.
Marty clicked furiously, capturing the moment. The crisp leaves beneath his feet rustled, and the duo disappeared.
Exhilarated, he kept walking, framing the magical encounter in the fleeting gallery of autumn.