Christian Wappl

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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Dune Runner

Dune Runner

In contrast to many of its relatives, the dune gecko (Stenodactylus petrii) lacks lamellae on its toes and therefore cannot climb on smooth surfaces. Instead, it is perfectly adapted to living on sand. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Location: Mhamid, Morocco Date: April 2018 Focal Length: […]

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Beauty of the Valley

Beauty of the Valley

A Philippine ground orchid (Spathoglottis plicata) grows beside a crystal-clear freshwater stream in Tahiti’s pristine Fara’ura valley. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Location: Tahiti, French Polynesia Date: Dec 2019 Focal Length: 16mm Exposure: 1/4 Aperture: f/16 ISO: 200

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Meadow Watercolours

Meadow Watercolours

Common poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) create a mosaic of colours on a piece of fallow land. Image details Camera: Hasselblad L1D-20c on DJI Mavic 2 Pro Lens: 28.0mm f/2.8 Location: Gerasdorf, Austria Date: Jun 2021 Focal Length: 10.26 Exposure: 1/20 Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100

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The Stranger

The Stranger

Low-powered twin flashes illuminate the portrait of a berber toad (Sclerophrys mauritanica), giving it an ominous mood. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Location: Guelmim, Morocco Date: Apr 2019 Focal Length: 100 Exposure: 1/200 Aperture: f/29 ISO: 800

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The Last Tree

The Last Tree

Black noddies (Anous minutus) rest on a dead tree in the lagoon of Tikehau, as a blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) circles below. Image details Camera: Canon EOS R Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Location: Tikehau, French Polynesia Date: Jan 2020 Focal Length: 100 Exposure: 1/800 Aperture: f/10 ISO: 400

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Poseidon’s Wrath

Poseidon's Wrath

Waves crash against the black lava sands on the coast of La Palma. Image details Camera: DJI FC220 on DJI Mavic Pro Lens: 24.0mm f/2.2 Location: La Palma, Canary Islands Date: Nov 2018 Focal Length: 4.73 Exposure: 1/40 Aperture: f/2.2 ISO: 100

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Protector

Protector

Silvery lutungs (Trachypithecus cristatus) have a peculiar system of parentage, where the young are passed around between adults to the point where it becomes difficult to determine the identity of the parents. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x Extender III Location: Bukit Melawati, Malaysia Date: August 2017 […]

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Killing Tools

Killing Tools

The raptorial forelegs of a conehead mantis (Empusa sp.), waiting for unwitting prey to come closer. Image details Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Location: Cres, Croatia Date: Jun 2019 Focal Length: 10 Exposure: 1/200 Aperture: f/18 ISO: 800

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