Summer Gold features a female Dickcissel perched on a locust tree branch. Dickcissels are common to northwest Louisiana during the spring, summer and fall. They are seed eaters, as you might be able to infer from the shape of their beaks. This image was taken in August 2011 at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Bayou Pierre Unit, about 30 minutes south of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Summer Gold, along with over two dozen other images from Red River National Wildlife Refuge will be featured in an upcoming photography exhibit at Magale Library, Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana. The exhibit will run from June 1st throughout the entire summer during regular library hours. The exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of Red River National Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit friends group that supports the Refuge. The photo exhibit is to promote the Refuge and encourage the public to visit the nearby Headquarters Unit and enjoy the brand new Visitor Center.
I like this image because it has a 3-D look to it. The bird has lovely yellow, brown, black and tan markings that blend well with the locust tree leaves. The blurred background also has similar colors. Your eyes are naturally drawn to the bird, especially the dark eyes, large beak, and particularly the yellow markings.
The exhibit image is 12” x12” in a black shadowbox frame. The black frame and black beveled sides bring out the birds yellow feathers and the green locust leaves.