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The Blue Grotto - erosion

The Blue Grotto - erosion
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Copyright: Tsilla Nahari (tnahari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-27
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/09/21 "Erosion" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-21 4:45
Viewed: 1743
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Grotto, known as Il-Hnejja (meaning 'The Arch') in Maltese, was given its English name by a British soldier who thought it was similar enough to Grotta Azzuzza (The Blue Grotto) in Capri to deserve the same name. It is located near "Wied iz-Zurrieq" south of the town of Zurrieq.

The Blue Grotto is only one of many coastal caves found in the area. However, the Arch over it is a truly remarkable natural geological feature formed through the relentless pounding of the sea.

The Maltese cliffs are made up mostly of Coralline Limestone, which is not a very resistant rock, and the caves and arches have been formed by wave erosion. Wave erosion is the wearing away and removal of loose material by the constant pounding of the waves. This pounding becomes far more damaging when the waves carry with them quantities of abrasive rocks, stones and sand.


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I like the details you managed to capture on the water surface however, there is a bit of focus problems on the landscape itself but overall, I like the mood and charm you have caught in here, Tsilla!
Just my humble opinion, so please don't take it personally.

Good management of light and well caught exposure with nice natural colors.
The DOF is nicely maintained and POV is well thought too.
A nice entry to Friday's theme!

Have a nice weekend.


That looks a great place to be, Tsilla.

The large boulder at the bottom of the arch...I wonder, did it fall from the arch itself, or is that part of a separate rock that has been ground down by erosion too.

I like the parched and sun bleached rock contrasting well with the blue of the sea.



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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-09-21 8:49]

Hi Tsilla.

So many stunning examples of erosion today for the theme, this is not exception. Amazing view, the position you have adopted is quite breathtaking. I love the greenery in the foreground and the gradients to the blues of the water.......and as for the rock formation......AWESOME!!! tfs

stv ;o))

Beautiful colours and a good POV make this an eye catching shot and a good addition to the theme. I like the addition of the foliage in the foreground.


Hello Tsilla, this is quite an amazing natural structure, and you found a great PoV from which to get this shot.
I like the green plants in the fg, they add to the whole picture.
Very good sharpness and lovely colours.
An informative note, thanks.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-09-21 14:22]

Hi Tsilla, great angle to show off the seas erosion of this rock,a perfect image for this weeks theme. Good details & clarity of the erosion of the rock.Informative notes to.

Beautiful contribution to Friday's theme. I wonder what the waves are like during high tide and strong wind, I can hear the roar. Great pov and dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-09-21 15:42]

Awesome. Not an easy as far as metering goes as the light under the arch might be low :D

I remember that one from my own photography Tsilla , isn't that wonderful and incredible at the same time to realise how the sea has through millions of years of pounding and all litterally drilled through such a thick layer of rock and managed to pierce a huge hole right through it , simply astounding , amazing ! Well captured from this particular pov high on the cliff peering down on the formation . Tfs,
Greetings ,

A wonderful perspective almost giving me vertigo :-) Excellent inclusion to the Friday theme with strong contrasting colours TFS

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