19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
She Bids Farewell to the Golden Sun

Her bristling plumage, red eyes, razor sharp golden beak, and white tipped wings come to life as this adult female Anhinga bids the golden evening sun farewell. She favors this cypress branch, and for some time has been drying herself after a day of diving and spearing fish in Greenfield Lake, a beautiful cypress tree bog lake in Wilmington, NC. I am obsessed with the form and whimsical movements of this sometimes clunky, always magnificent bird! The detail and classic form of this photo thrill me.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Bryan Putnam