Golden Island in a Lotus Sea
Looking for the perfect shot among the floating lotus leaves and forested islands ‘was like a treasure hunt,’ says Zorica. Suddenly, through the helicopter doorway, she spotted one perfectly formed oasis. With only moments to capture the scene, Zorica took this image of a beautifully complex ecosystem.
Unlike most large inland deltas, the Okavango does not flow directly into the ocean, but drains into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. It floods every year after water from the summer rains arrives from the highlands. The local plants and animals have synchronised their biological cycles with this event, an exceptional example of life’s interactions.
Nikon D4S + 24–120mm f4 lens at 78mm; 1/640 sec at f6.3; ISO 1600
Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Zorica Kovacevic, Serbia / USA
Zorica is driven by her attraction to the natural world. For her, photography is a celebration of the nature and wildlife that she is so in love with and passionate about. The aim of her photography is to capture nature in all its wisdom and magnificence.