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Carabus auronitens. (48)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Carabus auronitens (Fabricius, 1792)

Goldglänzender Laufkäfer
Carabe à reflet cuivré

Body length: 18 – 32mm

Family: Carabidae

It was early in the morning, and still a bit rainy, when a conspicuously shining large ground beetle was crossing our path from the inner valley of Ahornboden into the steep limestone mountains of Karwendel.

Carabus auronitens may be found from May to September in southern Central and Eastern Europe, residing in humid and cool deciduous mountain forests where they may go up above the forestline to elevations of 2500m. The beetles are active at night, and would hide in the bark of trees, under stones, in holes the ground for the rest of the day. That may be the main reason why they are not seen more often.

Being hunters of small animals like snails, worms, insects, they seem to be rapidly on the move all the time they are active – making them a rather difficult target to focus. That may be the main reason why those conspicuously beautiful beetles are not attacked more often by predators – or pictured by photographers.

Even with a compact camera ready at hand, I would not have expected to be able to get a reasonably sharp capture of that brightly shining quickly moving ground beetle. But I gave a short try to stop its motion by placing a foot repeatedly tightly in front of its way. That worked. The beetle stopped moving in hesitation, freezing its pose for a few seconds, enough for a short session of portraits under rather difficult low light conditions.

Location:
Eng-Alm, Ahornboden, Karwendel, at an elevation of 1250m. The area is quite unique in Central Europe for primordial deciduous mountain forests of ancient sycamores (Acer pseudoplatanus).


Literature:
Karl Wilhelm HARDE, František SEVERA: Der Kosmos Käferführer. Die Käfer Mitteleuropas. Stuttgart 1981 (5. Auflage 2006)

The camera:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 16mm macro zoom (equivalent 84 mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/25sec., ISO-200, bias: -0.7, hand held, no flash. 10.07.2010, 06:58.

Postwork: Photoshop CS4, slightly cropped, levels adjusted, selectively resharpened after downsize to web.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Ahornboden mountain path.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Ahornboden mountain path at an elevation of approximately 1400m. Gentiana lutea growing there in large numbers between the sycamores.

SONY DSC-HX1, 3456 x 2592 pixels, sRGB, 10mm (equivalent 56 mm at full size SLR), F/4, 1/200sec., ISO-200, bias: -0.7, hand held, no flash. 10.07.2010, 07:27.

Postwork: Photoshop CS4, uncropped, levels adjusted, selectively resharpened after downsize to web.

Hope you enjoy.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Ahornboden.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Remote valley ground in the Tyrolese Karwendel mountains, famous for its numerous ancient sycamores (Acer pseudoplatanus) that would grow above limestone from the valley ground (1100 - 1200m) up to the forest line at approx. 1800m.

The camera:

FUJIFILM FinePix HS20 EXR, 4608 x 3456 pixels, sRGB, 8mm (equivalent 50 mm at full size SLR), F/5, 1/340sec., ISO-200, hand held, no flash. 08.07.2011, 17:03.

Postwork:

Adobe Photoshop CS4, uncropped, resized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slighty adjusted.

Hope you enjoy.