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A Fish-eye View
Photograph by David Doubilet

Seen from beneath the aquarium-like water of Botswana's Okavango Delta, an elephant owned by Elephant Back Safaris strolls the bank beside a sandy water hole. Sand plays an important role in recharging the dynamic ecosystem of the Okavango, one of the largest inland deltas on Earth. The river carries a significant load of sand that slowly clogs the channels, eventually forcing the water into new areas and drying out others. The dry areas are flushed of their toxic salts by rain and burned by wildfires, adding nutrients to the system.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 16mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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