Bee-ware the Dragon by Wolf Read


Small (15.5" x 23.2")

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Forest edges are typically locations with a high diversity of life. Given a large number of habitat types ranging from meadow to shrub layer up to mid and high canopy and plenty of light reaching the ground, these locations contain many ecological niches. In the photo, along a forest edge at the UBC Farm, a Yellow-head Bumble Bee (Bombus flavifrons ) appears somewhat perplexed about a big California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica ) covering up the entrances to a collection of foxglove (Digitalis purpurea ) blossoms. The bee buzzed around the dragonfly for a few seconds, trying to find a clear path into the inviting flowers before finally giving up and going to a different plant. The location swarmed with dragonflies, bees, flies and butterflies among many other species of life.

502 viewings as of 23 Jul 2013

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
1/500s, f / 9, -1/3 EV, ISO 200

UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC
12 Jul 2012

Featured in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies on 16 Jul 2012.
Featured in Dragonflies and Damselflies on 16 Jul 2012.


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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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  • Mitzie Loland
    Mitzie Lolandabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Thank you, Mitzie Loland.

    – Wolf Read

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisabout 2 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?


  • Thank you, Johan, for the feature. This is very much appreciated.

    – Wolf Read

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 2 years ago

    Congtaulations on being featured for this amazing capture !!

  • Thank you, Photography by…

    – Wolf Read

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 2 years ago

    Brilliant close up Wolf.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thank you, Rocksygal52.

    – Wolf Read

  • Sharon Woerner
    Sharon Woernerabout 2 years ago

    Great Shot!

  • Thank you, Sharon Woerner.

    – Wolf Read

  • Kane Slater
    Kane Slaterabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you, Kane, for the feature. This is very much appreciated.

    – Wolf Read

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations Wolf with your Feature in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies!
    Excellent work and very well deserved!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Thank you, Jo Nijenhuis.

    – Wolf Read

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture !!!!

  • Thank you, Russell Couch.

    – Wolf Read

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonabout 2 years ago

    this is fantastic!!

  • Thank you, Paul Hickson.

    – Wolf Read

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 2 years ago

    What a great shot! Congratulations on your feature:>) FAVE

  • Thank you, MotherNature.

    – Wolf Read

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