We found this huge beetle on a sunny family walk at the beginning of October.
You wonder why I called it: “huge”? I never saw a beetle of this kind in our forest with a length of about four centimeters (1,5 inches) To me, it was very big!
The beetle came across our path, which was covered with a lot of beech leaves and beechnut shells. Just when we discovered the beetle, he stopped. We pulled out our phones and carefully started to photograph it. Our model was very patient, and it seemed to us that it was a pleasure for the beetle, too. We were able to get very close, and it waited for us.
I love the color of fallen beech leaves. They’re mostly a warm and shining brown, especially when the sun is shining above them. That is a special variety of beech called “Rotbuche” (in English, European Beech). Unfortunately, I was a bit nervous, because I was afraid the beetle could get scared and would run away. So I had forgotten to set the HDR mode on my phone, and that made these wonderful leaves a bit colorless.
A few days later, I was able to catch the color again, and now I can show you a typical autumn scene that we enjoy every sunny day in October. 😎