California queen

Clay Bolt's Image

Clay Bolt (USA) creates a composition of a bee framed by the Golden Gate Bridge.

Clay balanced on a slippery slope, holding his camera overhead. Pre focusing and shooting without looking through the viewfinder, he eventually got the shot he wanted with this close-up wide-angle of the queen Vosnesensky bumblebee perfectly framed by the Golden Gate bridge.

One of about 46 bumblebee species in North America, the Vosnesensky bumblebee is an important pollinator of native flowers. It helps to preserve natural ecosystems, thriving where there is little pesticide use.

How you can help

  • If you can, buy food that has been grown organically. Organic farms provide healthy habitats for bees and have been shown to benefit wild bee diversity.
  • If you have space, help your local pollinators by growing some wildflower pots. Take the time to relax and watch the nature that comes to visit.
  • Become a community scientist. Take the opportunity to get outside and document nature. The data and observations you gather could help researchers answer important questions about the world we live in.

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Behind the lens

Clay Bolt

Clay Bolt


Clay is a natural history and conservation photographer specialising in the world's smaller creatures. He is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Fellow of The Linnean Society and previous president of the North American Nature Photography Association. In 2019, Clay became the first photographer to photograph a living Wallace's giant bee - the world's largest bee species - as part of a four-person exploration team to rediscover the species in the Indonesian islands of North Maluku.

Image details

  • Nikon D600
  • Sigma 15mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/250 sec at f16  •   ISO 400  •   Nikon SB-900 flash
  • Golden Gate Park, California, USA
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