The Okavango delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. It's headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands and enters Botswana, where it is then called the Okavango.
The delta’s floods are fed from the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish sometime in April. The floods only cross the border between Botswana and Namibia in December and will only reach the bottom end of the delta (Maun) sometime in July, taking almost nine months from the source to the bottom!
So waterlevel is the highest in the dry season!
The slow meandering pace of the flood is due to the lack of drop in elevation, which drops a little more than 60 metres over a distance of 450 kilometres.
The delta’s water deadends in the Kalahari Desert with over 95 (!) per cent of the water eventually evaporating.
The "pure magic" atmosphere is the best just before the sunset.
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KevinRL (835) 2004-12-23 17:24
Kris, the colour in this photo is spectacular, it it real? Just so still, not a movement in the water, perfect reflection.
Nothing to suggest, just show us more.
lucinka (9976) 2004-12-23 17:24
Kris, have to agree with you. Your photo is indeed pure magic. I love it. Fabulous colors and great compo. Maybe just bit too much of PPS. Great shot anyway. L.
tomaszmarcinek (1507) 2004-12-23 17:55
Pure magic, indeed. Eden Instilled. SONY + Africa (and a good eye, of course) seems to be an interesting match :-) Was the water really this blue? It's violet, really. It feels Sony's cameras have an inclination to alter shades of blue, or am I wrong?
lestans (17168) 2004-12-23 18:20
Magic atmposphera indeed, and beautiful colours. A famous place, I will like to see some more shots! Thank you.
aznegrao (10316) 2004-12-23 18:55
Todo o quadro e perfeito. A profusão de detalhes, cores e contrastes e incrivel. Gosto muito das nuances do ceu refletidos na agua. Otimo trabalho Kris.
RegisMinot (1543) 2004-12-23 19:43
Wonderful colours. You have captured a real instant of magy. This seems to be the time where lions go for drinking. Where are the lions ?
wiselum (24) 2004-12-23 19:44
Wow! what a great capture! nice color and all that.. but did u do a touch up on it? it seems to me that the shape of the clouds in the reflection is kinda weird.
Galmeida (12559) 2004-12-23 19:44
It's very nostalgic, but for my point of view is beautiful and nice, and a little nostalgic! The wonderful reflexions of the lower blue water with a nice white sky in white and orange make the must! This one is going to my favorite list,, because have a good composition and creativity. If you see my personal list of favourites you find similar good photos about similar themes! Congratulations to you!
Janice (4403) 2004-12-23 20:31
Wow! What a wonderful shot. Great colours and composition. Very well done, Janice
cyim (523) 2004-12-23 23:30
Beautiful shot! Perfect composition with appropriate emphasis on the water and the choice of a clear area to show reflection of the sky. The contrasting colour of the sunset and the blue sky is magnificent. A truly artistic piece.
jafadabret (56501) 2004-12-24 2:50
Magnifique composition riche en couleurs, très bien cadrée. Bravo
danyy (0) 2004-12-24 3:21
Pas mal ces dégradés et ce bleu dans l'eau calme. Cette eau qui reflète assez fidèlement une zone du ciel que l'on ne voit pas en direct.
Merry Xmas to you.
Durius (1288) 2004-12-25 14:57
Greeting at Christmas !
Of course, It is pure magic !
Very simple composition and very nice capture.
faubry (35447) 2004-12-31 21:59
very nice composition, pure beauty! the blue it's real? the refle tions in water is spectacular
thanks for your shot, i like it
Praetzer (2377) 2005-01-01 18:54
the result is fantastic.
suspect however some photoshop color twideling.
Also, the lower area has some oversharpening (correct?).
on the other hand, the result is superb with of without photoshop is not meaningfull
mpb001 (4602) 2005-01-03 22:53
Magnificent shot, Kris. The colors and clarity are fantastic, Great shot!
Maru (0) 2005-01-23 8:21
It's a moment suspended in time.. no wind at all!
Amazing colors in this composition, I like the POV with the huge view of the water reflecting the sky. The clouds in the bottom part are magical.
Very good sharpnes and crop.
KhrisRino (60) 2005-02-14 0:31
The perspective and still water reflection have really made this shot magical. And the colors are nicely saturated (though I'd have personally toned down the curve a lil bit to avoid the purplish tinge on the water)
caliane (610) 2005-03-19 10:13
oh the reflection of the sky on the water is fantastic :)
colinbrenchley (6431) 2005-06-23 17:43
One of the best reflection photographs I have ever seen.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-07-11 9:35
Hi Kris- indeed the light and the view are magical and a touch surreal, excellent composition.
jbweasle (9395) 2005-11-28 15:41
Hello Kris, this is a beautiful photo, almost like a painting. The colours are fabulous and I like the composition concentrating mainly on the reflections. OK, so it looks like you've used some PP here to soften the image but it works for me!
cobraphil8 (84) 2005-12-07 5:52
You're right, it's magic, amazing composition and moment... No critic, it's so beautiful !
kludwig20 (437) 2005-12-11 6:40
Amazing shot! I know after this many critiques i can't really offer anything new but... Great composition with beautiful colors and reflections. Very good depth and sharpness. I would be curious to see some of the technical info on this shot though, no filters or anything?
ephemere33 (9743) 2005-12-13 15:59
geniale cette photo...la reflection, le jeu des nuages, les couleurs magnifiquement rendues...le pti plus sont les feuilles des nénuphars...donne de la vie dans cette composition...les petites brintilles qui sortent hors de l'eau sont de toute beauté...superbe ...j'aime beaucoup...amicalement BI
anew (582) 2006-01-13 15:51
no words to describe this....
I think this is what they call heaven when one experiences this kind of vision.
Great job Kris, for picking the right moment and sharing it with all of us.
klyee75 (778) 2006-02-15 19:43
Beautiful shot! Perfect composition with appropriate emphasis on the water and the choice of a clear area to show reflection of the sky. The contrasting colour of the sunset and the blue sky is magnificent.
Nina (5003) 2006-03-31 7:08
Works well Kris, the reflectyions are really great.
Mistral (15402) 2007-03-14 8:47
stunning reflections and beautiful colours and composition!
dlevy23 (2018) 2007-07-23 8:37
Excellent photo, nice reflection. Great POV and composition.
wilmahabo (262) 2007-10-10 6:58
It is excellent shot, stunning colours, amazing reflection. Very well done!!!
Jeppo (17645) 2007-11-25 4:57
this title fits like a glove!
Okavango delta is a destination I wish to visit!
I like the sunset colours and the sky reflection into the water.
Two elements melt together into a perfect harmony!
Zolive (5935) 2008-01-24 13:27
wonderful sunset, colors are so beautiful and reflection on sky is perfect. Congratulations.
drweizy (540) 2008-04-02 1:11
yes, a pure, silent, and beautiful place.
danka (105) 2011-03-26 16:32
pure magic.. usually i like to see a lot of sky above the horizon..in this photo you brought it closer to me...thanks
kasianowak (10011) 2013-03-01 15:04
Interesting idea to include the sky at the bottom of the image and exclude the real thing at the top. Beautiful saturated colours and great mood.
- Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) (7330)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Sony DSC F-717
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- Date Submitted: 2004-12-23 17:02
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