Pelicans of the Danube Delta


Without black, no color has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there’s shadow – no, not just shadow, but fullness. You’ve got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that’s real – Amy Grant. 

I photographed this pelican at the Danube Delta in Romania in 2018. The Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and for good reason. The labyrinth of waterways, lush green flora, magical sunrises and golden sunsets provide refuge to over 250 species of birds and lots of other wildlife. I spent many days on the waterways photographing these birds. In the evenings I sat in the veranda of my lodge in pitch darkness, deafened by the sound of frogs. And it was clear to me that that the real reward of photographing wildlife was the privilege of being out in the wild. 

When I see the destruction of these wild spaces and the wildlife being decimated, it saddens me to think that future generations might never get to experience this beauty. 

I am not a conservationist by any means, but I don’t need to be one to see the damage that’s already been done and that continues to be done to our beautiful planet.

View my wildlife fine art photography here or enquire about prints at info@arjunanand.com.

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