Like A Kid Again

Carabus problematicus – These photos are from my archives of 2006 and taken with my very first digital camera purchase, a Sony Cybershot DSC-W1, so some finesse is lacking. Yet seeing them after all this time, in fact forgetting I even had them, made me feel like a little kid again, filled with awe and excitement at this extraordinary ground beetle. These are fairly uncommon, but if you get one in your garden they are good at keeping pests down as well as looking rather stunning. They are fairly big, too, at around 30 mm (1 3/16″). Double-click on images to enlarge.

Carabus problematicus

Carabus problematicus

© Peter Hillman ♦ 4th June 2006 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Sony Cybershot DSC-W1

41 thoughts on “Like A Kid Again

  1. That violet color is stunning, Pete, especially when the photos are enlarged. I know that I geek out sometimes on all of the cool new gear, but your photo reinforces the fact that the older cameras had amazing capabilities. A number of folks have posted photos of images from their archives. I don’t think I can find old images, but may have some of my older cameras. If I can get one working again, it might be fun to go out and shoot with it now and see what kind of images I can get. I certainly know my way around a camera better than I did ten or more years ago.

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    • Thank you very much, Mike! I still have the camera, an all in one small compact, which was great at the time, and was such a novelty. There was a macro function but it was quite limiting. Still fun to use at the time 🙂 I guess most smart phones take better pics now.

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      • Don’t be embarassed — I don’t own one either. It’s not a point of pride or a rejection of tech or anything like that. It’s just that they’re expensive, both initially and monthly, and I enjoy learning to use my camera as much as I like the images.

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  2. What a colorful beetle, and the photo is so clear and crisp. Very nice, it is fun to look at the older photos, I find a lot of mine had my finger right in the corner of the shot. 🙂 It took me awhile to quiet doing that.

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  3. I have carefully archived all the (“best”) images from my first digital cameras, although when I upgraded, I passed the old ones on to a dear friend, a working musician with a similar passion for photography but combined with a cash-flow challenge. I am loving going back over some of my early stuff too. All that aside, what a regal beetle!

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    • Thank you, Vicki. The trouble with the older cameras I found I couldn’t always get close enough so had to crop the images a fair bit, but because thiis bebtle was so big I didn’t really have that problem 🙂


  4. Love the violet trim on these. I am sure to another of these beetles that color is variable enough for them to recognize each other and possibly even be advertisement for whom would make the best mate. That’s a big beetle for sure. Very nice, Pete.

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