|Some of my friends asked me if I was able to free that precious beetle trapped in a spider web: Yes, I was. But the beetle that seemed to be moving gently in the breeze turned out to be stiff and dead already. It was already gone to heaven, so to say.|
So, in order to cheer you up a little bit, I am adding this lively couple of Alpine longicorns seen passionately in love last summer on a hot sunny day at at high noon in the Vienna Woods - Location: Höllenstein, Kaltenleutgeben, 600m above sea level. Not a frequent sight there, either, but an encouraging proof that the species might recover again in a few places where much care is taken in protecting nature. The Vienna Woods embracing the city of Vienna in the west have been declared a protected area just a few years ago (Biosphärenpark Wienerwald).
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 14mm macro zoom (equivalent 82 mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/250sec., ISO-125, bias: -0.3, hand held, no flash. 26.07.2009, 12:31. Cropped, levels adjusted, CS4.
Hope you enjoy.