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Collapsed !
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Copyright: Jean Saint Martin (jemaflor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12214 W: 377 N: 10090] (113850)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Sigma Zoom 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Treasures we lost forever, Azure Window is lost and gone forever [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-03-08 23:15
Viewed: 2325
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Collapsed, the famous "Azur window" of the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago.
Following the recent storms, the famous rocky arch which had become the emblem of Gozo collapsed with the onslaught of the waves. This is what the news of the day tells us.
Here a picture, taken in April 2006, of a landscape that has now disappeared. Pity !

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Good morning,
I'm lucky to have seen this beautiful place some years ago. I feel so sorry, I think they should consolidate the rocks to prevent them crumbling.


Bonjour Jean,
Long shutter on a precise moment when the big wave pounded had created a marvelous effect on the scene.
People up on the arch gave superior scale, the naturally created imposing rock formation is an exceptional sight collected.
Au revoir,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10008 W: 144 N: 25073] (122437)
  • [2017-03-08 23:37]

Helle Jean, I was also shocked to read that this icon of Malta collapsed. Great picture with theses big waves.

Impressive composition, fantastic sharpness. Difficult to believe what happened.

Kind regrad s MAlgo

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10448 W: 174 N: 17679] (78539)
  • [2017-03-09 0:36]


yes, it is a pity, but this is the way of nature, destroying and creating new wonders at each moment. I remember a natural sculpture I saw in peru that was destroyed few days after a big earthquake.nice this view with the people up there and the big splash. perfect moment and memory.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11649 W: 126 N: 20954] (108189)
  • [2017-03-09 0:50]

Salut Jean. C'est le jour de celebrer la fin de le fenetre bleue,beaucoup des images sur TE depuis ceux qui ont etes la bas,la tienne est magnifique,j'ai pas eu la chance de la voir. Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

Bonjour, cher Jean,
Une photo de 2006 qui n'a pas pris une ride quant à sa beauté particulière présentant la mer en furie, l'on comprend pourquoi les falaises s'effritent au fil du temps.
Très belle composition.

Ciao Jean, great view of fantastic collapsed natural monument, lovely composition with people on the top and spectacular wave, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13695 W: 0 N: 16033] (168264)
  • [2017-03-09 1:24]

Hello Jean

quelle vue quel arche et rendu sur la pierre et les personnage donnent l'échelle et ces vagues qui viennent frapper la roche superbe effet et déclenchement au bon moment.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Jean,

Yes, I saw it on the news last night that the Azure Window had collapsed and wondered how many people had visual records of it.
Thank you for posting this, it brings back happy memories!
It is a very beautiful record!
I love how the sea is surging around it and that people on the 'bridge' give the whole scene a visual scale.
Thank goodness no-one was on it when it collapsed!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Jean
I just read the article of the destruction by nature of this photogenic and filmish monument in my daily newspaper. Now I’m confronted by this picture of you and also Malgo that we have to do it with images of this unique gate.
Good idea.
Have a nice day
Groet Rob

Bonjour Jean,

Tu as bien capturé la puissance des vagues. La présence des personnes a un effet d'échelle de grandeur. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'arche. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24291 W: 523 N: 40622] (174858)
  • [2017-03-09 5:39]

Hello Jean,

I saw this morning a picture of member Malgo with the same picture, but she as model fore the arch.
You chose a very nice angle with the blue sea and the arch very nice photographed.
Pleasant panoramic view with superwide image with the sea as subject.
An excellent depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Bonjour Jean

Toi et Malgo, presque voisins aujourd'hui racontez la même histoire sur le même lieux. Une chance qu'il n'y avait personne sur l'arche le jour où elle s'effondra.L'éclaboussure est stupéfiante à l'avant plan.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3292 W: 0 N: 7498] (55125)
  • [2017-03-09 8:30]

What a pity, this is a great documentary photo, maybe someone will take photos of the collapsed rock and will show us this rock in recent days
regards Ryszard

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15359 W: 159 N: 26900] (140972)
  • [2017-03-09 8:31]

Bonjour Jean
OH quelle triste nouvelle, je suis contente de l'avoir vue avant.........
superbe POV avec le claquement des vagues, magnifique présentation, qui resteras a jamais un beau souvenir...
belle soirée

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14161 W: 1033 N: 28276] (134812)
  • [2017-03-09 9:36]

Bonjour Jean,

The same thing happened in Australia at London Bridge along the Great Ocean Road, but left some tourists stranded on the new island. They had to be rescued by helicopter! Good shot of how it used to look. Tfs!

Bonsoir Jean,

this looks much better and more vivid that what they showed us in the news. How quick can a "simple" holiday souvenir turn into a historical document, alas!

TFS, et un bon weekend!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9461 W: 157 N: 15282] (123067)
  • [2017-03-09 13:08]

Witaj Jean!
Historical photo - document.
Good frame and composition.
Nice colors and sharpness.
I like peoples and water effect.
Good evening.

Bonsoir Jean,
very sad news indeed, the sight of the famous natural monument collapsing must have have been horrendous and looking at the people standing on top of the arch feels really scary. The waves are so impressive, the light and the colours so beautiful. This is a superb memento of the lost landmark. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3862 W: 2 N: 6406] (32244)
  • [2017-03-09 15:44]

Hello Jean,
Amazing and unique place.This is the picture archive...:(
Beautiful colors and details, nice sharpness.
Interesting presentation.

Hi Jean,
it is soooo sad what happen. Some people were lucky to be there and saw it. Beautiful picture. Wonderfully executed. Great job. TFS.
All the best, Barbara

Hi Jean
yes, just as Malgo has done, you posted a thoughtful shot of the Azure Window. Perhaps I should do the same. I'm lucky that I was here only a year or two ago.

I've seen the new photos of it, it just doesn't look the same anymore - very sad. Hopefully nobody was walking across it when it collapsed. Your shot is different from Malgo's as its quite stormy in yours, I like it.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13613 W: 295 N: 27121] (108897)
  • [2017-03-10 0:30]

Hello Jean,
great the view as the presentation of the Azur window with the wild waves to splash on the rocks.The tiny visitors on it add scale in the image.Excellent presentation.


Hi Jean
That's how nature provides us with sights to treasure, bet it's noisy witnessing the thunderous splash - the dynamic energy of water that is beautifully portrayed here. An opportunity extremely well grabbed. Congrats
Best wishes

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6061 W: 277 N: 11676] (90171)
  • [2017-03-10 7:40]

Bonjour Jean ,
C'était très beau et une bonne attraction touristique , mais sa chute était inéluctable .
Jolie prise de vue dans les vagues .

hello Jean very nice photo, with the waves spalshing in the fg,well saturated colours and good light and contrast

Hi Martin.
Fotoğrafınız artık tarih için belge oldu.
Çünkü herhalde haberiniz vardır.Bu kayalık birkaç gün önce
fırtına dalgalarından çökmüş.
Her şeyi ile başarılı Belge Fotoğraf.
Tebrik ediyorum

Hello Jean,
You're lucky that you were able to see and capture this iconic place.
The smashing waves and the deep blue see give a special atmosphere to your photo.
TFS! Cheers,

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 0 N: 1311] (12425)
  • [2017-03-11 9:54]

jean sad,its gone! well timed shot with this wave coming in! simply beautiful! tfs dale

Hi, Jean.
What a wonder of nature, which you have been able to enjoy and immortalize, in addition at a good time, with blue sky and the wild sea with those waves that crash against the rocks, I enjoy with your images, since I was never in Malta.
Very effective colorful, highlighting details of the image.
Very well done. I like it.
Enjoy the weekend.
My best wishes for you.

Salut Jean, très bonne image de cet arc intéressant formé par l'érosion de la roche falaise agréable, très bien capturé dans cette image intéressante avec une bonne netteté, la profondeur, la lumière, la couleur et la qualité. Très bon et intéressant travail parfaitement réalisé, mes félicitations mon ami. Merci de partager ce beau travail.

Bonne nuit et bon dimanche.
Chaleureuses salutations du sud de l'Espagne.

Hello Jean
Lovely landscape composition.
Interesting and very atmospheric photo and color, well done!
Best regards

Hello Jean,
With this damage which will be repeated, your photo has become historic, beautiful picture pity around the stone bridge!

Best regards

Bonjour Jean,
I have created a special theme in which I have tried to gather all pictures of this lost rock formation.
Your picture presents the arch in all its glory and the splashing wave I suppose illustrates well the reason why it finally collapsed.
I like also the presence of people on top which allows those who couldn't see it in person to imagine the scale of the window.
Breath taking spectacle of nature.

Bonjour Jean,

I decided to critique this magnificent, but sad, sad scene that no longer exists. The waves crashing into the cliffs in Malta create a beautiful action shot.

Yesterday you critiqued a similar scene, the Unfortunate King Sebastian that I had just posted. If you are as curious about the statue's destruction click on the following newspaper account to find the answer: Daily Mail 25 November 2016. It will make you as angry as it has made me.

Warm regards,


Hello Jean,
I am so sorry to read that this interesting formation collapsed. You must be glad you were there before the tragic incident and took this photo. See, you were making history. From the article I read, it sounds as if they were expecting it to collapse, I wonder if they could have done some reinforcement work to make it last longer. Oh well, it's all past now.

Hello, Jean!

Beautiful rock formation, and the inclusion of the people up there is great to give scale to the image! Wonderful place and composition! And the breaking waves are good to give more dynamism to the photo! Excellent job!

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2677 W: 1317 N: 2987] (38375)
  • [2017-03-27 4:16]

Bonjour Jean

C'est donc un collector! On comprend pourquoi, avec l'assaut des vagues, l'arche n'a pas pu résister, heureusement (?) qu'il n'y avait personne au moment où ça s'est produit.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 129 N: 1121] (7455)
  • [2017-03-29 12:54]

What a beautiful picture, Jean.
The crashing wave makes this great composition.
Magnificent light, colors and point of view.


Hi Jean,

Blue sky and blue ocean, wow!
Hope the arch on the rock can stay for few more decades!

nice moment of capturing the maximum splash of water hitting the rock and repel off

great skill in long exposure

well done

ciao Jean,
almost a year without this natural monument,
ciao, Giacomo

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