Abstract water gallery

Daniela Rapavá

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

'In the Ľuboreč water reservoir in Slovakia, I came across blooming water lilies (Nymphoides peltata). Their long stems were rotting, and a white coating formed and spread across the lake. The coating is formed by microscopic algae and cyanobacteria, and contains green, blue and red plant colours. The increased incidence of natural pollution there is related to higher temperatures and low water levels. Where others may only see the pollution, the amazing beauty of this world was in fact created by nature through diffusion and flow. Nature adapts though, as after 2 weeks, the water had cleaned itself up.'

Daniela Rapavá

Post-processing involved adjusting brightness. Canon 6D; lens: F100mm, ISO 400, 1/160, f4.5 (macro lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 USM).


  • Title: Abstract water gallery
  • Creator: Daniela Rapavá
  • Location Created: Slovakia
  • Provenance: The Royal Society Publishing - Photo Competition 2019
  • Rights: Copyright held by the artist
  • Field: Ecology

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