Skimmer at the End of His Perch by Wolf Read

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An Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) finds the delicate tip of a dried-out cattail leaf a useful perch. With each wind gust, the dragonfly waved about like a kite attached to a thick string. Soon, the creature moved on to a more sturdy resting spot.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/500 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 250

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


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I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • linaji
    linajiabout 4 years ago

    VERY SPECIAL!! your work feels like you have a relationship with your subjects!! So unusual this one!

  • Thank you much, linaji. I indeed watch my subjects very closely, and like to get as close as possible. Their behavior is as beautiful as the animals themselves.

    – Wolf Read

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaalmost 3 years ago

    Great job getting this sharp, considering it’s hand-held and the skimmer is clinging on to the leaf in the wind.

  • Thank you much, Eivor. This one took a few tries, but fortunately the skimmer repeatedly returned to this perch.

    – Wolf Read

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