Christian Wappl

Inkcap

Inkcap

The magpie inkcap fungus (Coprinopsis picacea) is an indicator for calcaerous soil and common in beech forests. Once the fruiting body is ripe, a process called autolysis dissolves the lamellae into a black liquid to release the spores. This liquid was used as ink in the past, giving the species its name.   Image details […]

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Shadow of Bora-Bora

Shadow of Bora-Bora

The island of Bora-Bora, exploited by the tourism industry, looms large behind a small coral islet bordering the lagoon of the neighbouring island Tahaa. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: RF24-105mm F4L IS USM Location: Tahaa, French Polynesia Date: Jan 2020 Focal Length: 105 Exposure: 1/320 Aperture: f/7.1 ISO: 500

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Medusa’s Lair

Medusa’s Lair

A group of marbled eels (Anguilla marmorata) rests in its daytime lair. These large fish can grow up to two meters in length. At dusk, they emerge from their hiding place and search for carrion, small fish and crustaceans. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Location: Tahiti, French Polynesia Date: […]

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The Wanderer

The Wanderer

The globe wanderer (Pantala flavescens) is a pantropical migratory dragonfly that reaches even remote islands on its journeys. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM Location: Tikehau, French Polynesia Date: Jan 2020 Focal Length: 100 Exposure: 1/4000 Aperture: f/4.5 ISO: 1250

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Blood Moon

Blood Moon

Members of the order Solifugae are one of the most commonly encountered small predators in Morocco’s deserts. They are known by various colourful names such as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders, or simply solifuges. However, they are not true spiders or scorpions, but closely related. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: […]

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Godzilla

Godzilla

Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) are the only sea-faring lizards in the world and endemic to the Galápagos islands. Despite the similarities to the legendary Japanese movie monster Godzilla, they are peaceful herbivores who feed on algae growing on rocks in up to 30 meters depth. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5DS Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro […]

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Two Fun Guys

Two Fun Guys

Two fruiting bodies of the saffrondrop bonnet (Mycena crocata) grow out of a piece of dead wood. This species grows in deciduous woodland in general, and beech forests in particular. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro Location: Pressbaum, Austria Date: Okt 2020 Focal Length: 15 Exposure: 1/20 Aperture: […]

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Crimson Death

Crimson Death

Native to Central and South America, the velvet tree (Miconia calvescens), has been introduced to numerous islands throughout Polynesia. It easily outcompeted many of the native plants and is now considered to be among the top 100 most invasive species worldwide. The underside of the velvet tree’s leaves is coloured bright purple but the use […]

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The Sleeper

The Sleeper

Like all native freshwater fish species in French Polynesia, the dusky sleeper (Eleotris fusca) moves between fresh- and saltwater at certain points of its life cycle. More specifically, this species is amphidromous, meaning it hatches in freshwater streams, migrates into saltwater, and later returns into freshwater. This enables it to colonize the freshwater streams of […]

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Burial At Sea

Burial At Sea

The sea hibiscus (Talipariti tiliaceum), or purau as it is known in Tahiti, is widely distributed throughout Oceania. It occurs up to heights of 800m a.s.l. but reaches its highest densities along rivers and beaches. Every day at dusk, the purau trees shed their flowers, which float on the water surface. The current then carries […]

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