Festive Dragon completes the dragonfly image trilogy to be on display beginning June 1st 2012 at the Magale Library, Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana. The photo exhibit features images taken at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Louisiana. The Friends of Red River National Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit support group and advocate for the Refuge is sponsoring the exhibit. Open to the public, free of charge, the exhibit will be open during regular library hours from June 1st through the end of August 2012.
Festive Dragon is an adult male Halloween Pennant dragonfly. Females have a similar black pattern on their wings, but the orange is replaced by a golden color. These dragons are quite common and can be found during the spring, summer and fall in grassy fields. At Headquarters Unit, a good place to look for Halloween Pennants is just off the rock road in the open fields, along the duck banding site loop trail, or along the river trails in the open fields.
These dragons are very photogenic and approachable. Once you find some potential subjects, the hardest part is finding them perched on just the right stick or grass stalk so the background is not distracting.
The exhibit image is a 12” x 12” square format print, framed in a black shadowbox with a black beveled edge. If you like dragonflies, or maybe really never paid much attention to them, the three dragonflies presented in the exhibit are wonderful examples of the vibrant colors, detailed markings and alien-like features that make dragonflies such interesting photo subjects. The black shadowbox display format really brings out the dragonfly colors and detail.