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Green beetle with shiny raindrops. About 1 cm long, perched on a flower in my friend’s garden, where it seemed to be sheltering from the cold and rain. The raindrops magnified the beautiful markings on its back.

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It was mid summer but it had been raining and cooled down overnight. The beetle was covered in raindrops and had pulled in its head, legs, etc. to protect itself from the cold. I had plenty time to take quite a few shots.
A while later, as it slowly woke up, stretched and flew off, it let me take more shots from different angles including the eye-to-eye close-up below.
If it had been really warm the beetle would not have hung around so long or let me get up so close from all angles.

Rose Chafer, Green Rose Chafer or Cetonia Aurata
Location: Upper Bavaria, Germany.
Nikon D7000, Lensbaby Composer Pro, f/4 aperture disc, 10 mm macro adapter, Manual focus and settings. Captured in RAW. ISO 400. No post-pro.

Featured in Bugs & Animals on Flowers, German Artists, British Artists, Amateur Photographers’ Association, The Colourists and Best of Red Bubble


Eye to Eye
by Kasia-D

Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate semi-professional photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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Comments

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    The Emerald Forrest springs to mind!
    Bottom line!
    Its a quality image in my book Kasia :o) xx

  • Robin, thank you! Emerald Forrest sounds fitting:-)

    – Kasia-D

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

    Fabulous capture Kasia !!

  • Mattie, thank you so much for the comment and fave. This wee beetle really captured my attention – unfortunately there was very little light.

    – Kasia-D

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work.

  • Colin, thank you!

    – Kasia-D

  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoabout 2 years ago

    beauty indeed!!! love the strong colours on him and the pattern shown on the water drop. well done.

  • Adrian, the beetle was very pretty and colourful despite or maybe due to the rain on a rather dull day. It was a great opportunity to get out the Lensbaby:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 2 years ago

    Wow!! Brilliant macro Kasia!!! BRILLIANCE shining!!! :)))

  • Vicki, so pleased this colourful wee guy caught your eye. Thank you so much for your comment and fave!!!

    – Kasia-D

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dabout 2 years ago

    Featured in The Colourists – thank you very much to the hosts!!

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012about 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Kasia. Congrats on the feature!
    Love Colleen2012

  • Colleen, thank you very very much!

    – Kasia-D

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    beautiful

  • Thank you!

    – Kasia-D

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 2 years ago

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 2 years ago

    nicely done :)

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