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Stag Beetle on Ice | by johnhallmen
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Stag Beetle on Ice

Lucanus cervus , Lucanidae, Stag beetle

Size: 42 mm


Ok, here's the story of how Swedish roadkill became a 4 ton ice sculpture in Canada: Last summer I was contacted by a PR-agency working to promote an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. They were specifically looking for an up close portrait of a stag beetle since these would be featured in the exhibition. I was on vacation and didn't have access to my library so I wasn't sure I would be able to provide them with it. This was in August which means stag beetles, while relatively common at the location, were well past their peak (early-mid July) so I had little hope of actually finding one. Coincidentally I stumbled across a squashed specimen on a road just hours later. It looked pretty bad from above but the underside of the front portion was intact, so I cobbled together a simple studio setup on the porch, got to work and sent over the image you see here. They decided to go ahead with it and we made a licensing agreement.


It all went along quickly and smoothly and I must confess I'd forgotten about it when, yesterday, I got an email from the agency who just wanted to let me know that the stag beetle had been turned into a 9000 lbs ice sculpture! I think the sculpture is way cooler than the image (pun or not). See COMMENT SECTION for images! I want to give kudos to clients who're able to take full advantage of the "unlimited use" clause!


Stacked from 35 images in Zerene Stacker.


Canon 5DmkII, Sigma 180/3.5, Kenko PRO300 2X.

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Taken on July 30, 2015