The next solstice is over two months away, but with record high temperatures in South Louisiana in March and early April of 2012, summer’s arrival is all but astronomically official. Along with it came a most prized visitation of the beautiful Summer Tanager. The first-year male posed for us Saturday, as if all the beauty in the world was a reflection of him. First-year males bear the colors of both adult genders, so we had quite a rush witnessing the species’ best palette. He splashed his way through a cool bath before leaving us for the day.

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 400mm @ f/2.8
ISO 200
1/320 sec
Taken in my hometown of Sunset, Louisiana, USA

The observable Universe sprang into existence 13.7 billion years ago, and has evolved to observe itself. In my opinion, there’s no greater event to consider. I enjoy astronomy, photography, and time with my wife and little boy. While capturing and editing photos, I jam to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Air Supply, LMFAO, The Foo Fighters, REM, Barry Manilow, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Duran Duran, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, U2, Boyz to Men, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Color Me Badd, and The Beach Boys.

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  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryalmost 3 years ago

    SUPERB, Briar! This is a prize catch! I think he landed in that spot just for you! And the fact that he stayed so long, turning this way and that, is confirmation in my book that Mr. Summer Tanager was heaven sent! He hasn’t returned; I think he’s looking for his favorite photographer! All levity aside, this is truly a lovely portrait of this stunning little bird!

  • Thanks, Mrs. Bonnie! That beautiful bird can pose for me any time! And, of course, a special thanks to you for being the best teacher I’ve ever had!

    – Briar Richard

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago


  • Hi Lorilee! Thanks very much!

    – Briar Richard

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBellealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful bird and capture ♥ :o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thank you very much, Mae!

    – Briar Richard

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...almost 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much, luv!

    – Briar Richard

  • Go van Kampen
    Go van Kampenalmost 3 years ago

    great picture

  • Thanks for your kind words, GvK!

    – Briar Richard

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    18 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thanks!

    – Briar Richard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 3 years ago

    April 25, 2012

  • Thank you so much, Teresa! It’s an honor to be featured!

    – Briar Richard

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulation on your feature!

  • Belated thanks, Penny!

    – Briar Richard

  • lindsycarranza
    lindsycarranzaover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Lindsy!

    – Briar Richard

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    May 3,2012

  • Thanks, Ann! It’s an honor to be a part of such an awesome group!

    – Briar Richard

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