A Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata) cocks its head to one side as it scans the surrounds for predators, food, or mates. Many different dragonflies flew in the vicinity—a veritable swarm of glittery-winged airborne critters, all interacting in a myriad ways. Dragons are very curious about each other, and they often compete over choice perches like the one this skimmer has found.

A very cool and wet spring, with temperatures sometimes at Jan/Feb levels in Jun, kept dragonfly populations fairly suppressed in the Lower Mainland of BC up until a recent heat-wave. With temperatures now in the mid-20s to low 30s ©, the dragons have taken to the air in force, a beautiful natural phenomenon to behold.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 400

Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
07 Jul 2010


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  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Lovely capture! Excellent clarity, DoF, and detail!

  • Thank you much, Dave & Trena.

    – Wolf Read

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful close up- great colour and detail- superb work!

  • Thank you much, naturelover.

    – Wolf Read

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 4 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thank you much, Deerhunter.

    – Wolf Read

  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesabout 4 years ago

    Very sharp FWR!

  • Thank you much, Jon.

    – Wolf Read

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