The Danube Delta extends over 5,600 square kilometers (about 1,400,000 US acres). At flood season seen above, the river rises nine to ten feet creating vast lakes, marshlands, and labyrinths of canals that shelter a huge diversity of wildlife. Fishermen spend long summer months in the marshes living in reed huts or cultivating the reeds. At the mouth of the Delta can be found caviar rich sturgeon. Travel through the Delta requires experienced guides many of whom count decades of knowledge of remote water routes and by-ways. At the end of the Communist era, under orders from Ceausescu, large areas of the Delta were drained and turned into farmland. Those misguided efforts are being reversed through reflooding programs.

Photo by Dan Dimancescu not to be used without permission.