The heart of the swamp

Georg Popp's Image

Despite his long career as a landscape photographer, Georg still believes these cypress forests are ‘some of the most beautiful places you have ever seen’.

He would spend the day navigating the tangled swamp by boat, scouting for good compositions. By recording the best locations on his GPS, he returned in darkness to wait for dawn to break. These are among the last remaining old-growth cypress, symbolic of the American deep south swamps. The 1,000-year-old cypress trees are festooned with thick drapes of Spanish moss, which grow harmlessly on their boughs, deriving nutrients from the rain and air. The place is home to many, including alligators, turtles, bald eagles and osprey.

Behind the lens

Georg Popp

Georg Popp


Georg has been a professional landscape photographer for more than 20 years, working with his wife, Verena Popp-Hackner. They also run an image library together in Vienna.

Image details

  • Nikon D810
  • 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 170mm
  • 1/320 sec at f8  •   ISO 200
  • Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, USA
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