WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2010

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Peter Cairns, United Kingdom

Floodwater tapestry

The Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park is one of Europe's most important wetlands. Each winter, its main artery, the River Spey, spills onto the floodplain, submerging the vegetation and providing a winter refuge for migratory wildfowl. 'I was initially attracted to this scene by the perfect reflection of the tree trunks in the still floodwater,' says Peter, 'but it was the subtle green of the lichens and the purple-tinged buds that made the scene so beautiful. Willow, alder and birch come together in a seemingly chaotic way but are underwritten by perfect ecological order.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 70-200mm lens; 1/5 sec at f16; ISO 200; Gitzo tripod.


Insh Marshes Nature Reserve, Scotland, UK: latitude 57.073, longitude -4.02224 Insh Marshes Nature Reserve, Scotland, UK: latitude 57.073, longitude -4.02224

Insh Marshes Nature Reserve, Scotland, UK

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Peter Cairns, United Kingdom