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Lost and gone

Lost  and gone
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Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25981] (125665)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-28
Categories: Nature, Event, Decisive Moment
Exposure: f/0.7, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Azure Window is lost and gone forever [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-03-09 0:34
Viewed: 2495
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have seen today's picture by Jean but I also have prepared the photo of Azurre Window for today. I was shocked yesterday when I read that is icon of Malta collapsed and nothing is left. I can image the reaction of the tourists when they came there yesterday. I am happy that I have pictures from this beautiful place that doesn't exist any longer.

But for me it is the second experience like this. In my Peru trip I visited Paracas and there was a beautiful rocky structure called Cathedral. it collapsed in 2007 after the big earthquake.

See how it looks like now

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2017-03-09 0:41]

Hi Malgo. You must have an extensive archive of places visited that covers any eventuality in the future by showing how things were. Reminds me of the 12 apostles visit. Now here with the collapse of the bridge we have the creation of the first Maltese apostle. Pozdrav. Klaudio.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11927 W: 126 N: 21566] (110471)
  • [2017-03-09 0:42]

Hi Malgo,a lot of TE members has been there as i can see,antoher pic from the Azure window collapsed during the last storm,it's a pity that i lost to see this beauty before,i never been there. The pic is obviously perfect,great memory. Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Je regarde avec intérêt ces falaises rongées par le temps.
La présence de personnages donne l'échelle de l'environnement.
L'image est très belle et très impressionnante.

Ciao cara Malgo, lieto di averti per vicina di post, gran bella memoria di questo magnifico monumento naturale che purtroppo non c'è più, foto di gran qualità con cielo e mare favolosi, splendida luce, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9879 W: 157 N: 16092] (126587)
  • [2017-03-09 1:21]

Czesc Malgosiu!
Ten widok przeszedl do historii :(
Dobry kadr, kolory i ostrosc.

Hello Malgo
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 Jean that we have to do it with images of this unique gate.
Good idea.
Have a nice day
Groet Rob

Hello Malgo,

A beautiful rocky beach. Alas, sometimes thing of beauty do not last forever, but you still have the beautiful surroundings. And the memory of it in your picture.

Just like the Apostles in Australia ....less no. of apostles by the year.


Hello Malgo,
I didn't see the news about the collapse of this rock. It's quite stunning and I can only hope no people were hurt or stuck on the remaining rock. So this photo is now a reminder of the past just like your pictures of destroyed temples in Palmyra.
Kind regards,

Ciao Malgo,

J'avais déjà beaucoup aimé cette photo sur facebook ce matin. C'est l'endroit qui me fait penser à certains paysages du Québec sur le bord du fleuve. Superbe lumière.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3449 W: 0 N: 7971] (57329)
  • [2017-03-09 8:34]

Zamiescilas zdjecie z refleksem, swietnie sie uzupelnia z Jeanem, natura jest bezwzgledna, sama tworzy takie rzezby i sama je niszczy,
pozdrawiam Ryszard

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15720 W: 159 N: 27508] (144240)
  • [2017-03-09 9:21]

Hi Malgorzata
Triste nouvelle, je l'ai vue en 2010, j'ai beaucoup aimer visiter Malte, marcher beaucoup et vue beaucoup d'endroits,
une image très belle qui va malheureusement rester un beau souvenir
belle soirée

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2446 W: 34 N: 4416] (24815)
  • [2017-03-09 9:56]

Hello Malgo

Timely picture, this time (thankfully) it's nature and not people who destroy the sights. Thanks for sharing. And it's a good picture, too!


Hello Malgo,
Yep, the Azure Window has gone ...
It was predicted but everyone believed that it could take decades ...
Great luck that nobody was on top of it at that moment.
I like your inclusion of the remarkable rocks on the foreground.
Best regards, Paul

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2017-03-09 15:45]

Czesc Malgo
Pomyslec ze zdjecie zrobione niecale dwa lata temu przeszlo juz do historii...
a ten czlowiek ktory jest tam u gory - co z nim?
Urokliwe miejsce bylo, teraz natura musi popracowac kilkaset lat i moze stworzy cos podobnego.

Witaj Malgorzato,
szkoda ze tego Azurre Window juz wiecej nie zobaczymy. Jestesmy swiadkami tego miejsca ktorego juz wiecej sie nie zobaczy.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam,

HI Malgo
yes, I heard the news as well, so sad. Havn't heard if any people were on it while it collapsed, but probably not because i hear it was stormy. Lets hope not. I also hope it won't hurt the tourism industry there. You and I were lucky in that we recently visited and got to see the arch. thoughtful post, perhaps I'll do the same. cheers

Hi Malgo,
It was so photogenic ! Sad news yesterday ... Well photographed with a pleasant sun light and good details with boat and people to give a scale at these impressive rocks. Tfs.

Hi Malgo,
I regret the natural disaster that took away this beauty. I guess we are lucky to have seen it.
Enjoy a nice day.


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9307 W: 57 N: 15761] (58380)
  • [2017-03-10 0:39]

Hello Malgo,
Such a fantastic coastline. I really like the contrast of all the brown-yellowish rocks and cliffs with the blue sky and sea. The people look so small and add a great sense of scale. Excellent photo!

Only late yesterday I learnt from the TV about the arch collapsed, Malgo, lost and gone - what a pity, but nature doe's thing in its own way...
Beautiful picture to remember its grandeur days.
Have a nice Friday,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2017-03-10 0:43]

Witaj MAlgo,
today i saw the same place from Jean,so i can say that i learn it very well its presentation.Nice and your angle,this time te place looks so calmly and tranquil.The tine visitors add scale in the scene.Well done.


Hello Malgo,

I'm so glad that a few TE members have been able to show records of this beautiful azure window.
They are permanent records of a feature that will never be enjoyed physically, again!

This is a cracker of a shot, much better than the one showed on the news!
The clarity is superb, the textures of the rocks are amazing and you were able to show some figures enjoying the scene, which clearly illustrate the scale of this feature.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hallo Malgo,
ich war auch dort, aber es ist der zahn der Zeit, zum Glück gab es keine menschliche Tragöde.
Dein Foto ist perfekt, gratuliere! (Meine Zeitangaben sind nur aus statistischen Gründen

Viele Grüße

Ciao Malgo
spero che non crolli la Torre di Pisa!!!!
Bel ricordo e bella dedica a questo monumento naturale che non ho visto e che mai vedrò....
Buon we

Hello Malgo,
I saw and commented on Jean's more dramatic picture of this famous and now lost landmark yesterday. It was from your post on fb that I first read the sad news. Your picture offers us a majestic sight, peaceful and suggestive at the same time, full of fascinating textures and vivid, natural colours. The window looks so solid and timeless in your picture, it's hard to accept that it's gone. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14496 W: 1047 N: 29318] (138554)
  • [2017-03-10 14:45]

Hi Malgo.

I think jemaflor also posted a shot of this rock arch which has since collapsed. Good warm cold color contrasts and sharpness. I like the textured rocky shelf platform in the fg with small tidal pools. Tfs!

Hello MAlgo
Excellent shot and I was shocked reading your note. You have captured history but it is sad to see it gone. Thanks and have a nice day.

p/s: Yes I noticed that there are large sizes photos uploaded in TE but not sure of the size allowance. I tried to upload a file more than 300K but was rejected. So it is the size of the pixel but not the pixel density :-(
Thanks for the info and really appreciated.

Oi Malgo

Que pena! Eu fiquei sabendo pelo noticiário aqui. Que bom você conseguiu esta foto. Agora é histórica!



Hi Malgo
What a marvel of composition, showing not only the famous arch, but also all its surroundings of formidable rocks, I have to enjoy with your images, because I did not go to Malta and now this beauty no longer exists ....
Very effective colorful, highlighting details of the image.
Good management, both brightness and sharpness.
Very well done. I like it.
Enjoy the weekend.
My best wishes for you.

Hello Malgo
Lovely landscape composition.
Interesting photo and color, well done!
Best regards

Hello Malgorzata,

very fine seaside picture from Malta showing this amazing view. Very good composition, fine colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Czesc Malgorzata,
Znakomite klasyczne ujecie tego miejsca ktore istnieje juz tylko w naszej pamieci i na naszych zdjeciach :(
To dzieki Tobie oczywiscie dowiedzialem sie o tym wydarzeniu... Zalozylem jak juz moze widzialas zpecjalny theme ze zdjeciami tego miejsca i udalo mi sie znalezc bodaj 52 zdjecia, ktore dolaczylem do tej kolekcji, rowniez to tutaj jak pewnie widzisz w panelu pod zjeciem.
Piekny dzien i swiatlo, piekne miejsce, doskonaly efekt koncowy -czego wiecej mozna sobie zyczyc...

Ja jestem na etapie urzadzania domu :) wszystko bylo uzytkowe od poczatku ale sporo rzeczy trzeba dolozyc jak np zaluzje w oknach itp. Dzisiaj bylem po ramki na duze zdjecia ktore trzymalismy zawsze w kacie a ktore chcialem w koncu powiesic na ktorejs scianie...
Jak przyjedziesz nsatepnym razem wszystko bedzie juz udekorowane :)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

Hello Malgo,
Yes, I saw the photo that Jean posted, too. What a shame, but apparently it was bound to happen. What I don't understand is why they did not bolster it if they knew if might happen. If I were them, I would build an observation deck like the one on the American side of Niagara Falls to commemorate it (and attract tourists again).
To answer your question on Moraine Bike Trail, no, cars cannot travel on it. First of all, motor vehicles are forbidden on the trail and furthermore, it is too narrow for cars. In that photo, there is not much to use for a sense of scale but even a small car would cover both lanes of the trail.

Hi Emka,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful site now lost for ever ! Your POV, colours and sharpness are perfect which makes for an excellent memory.
I wonder if they should have consolidated the arch to prevent it from collapsing ?
Thank you for sharing.
Kindest regards.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2017-04-17 1:20]


Yes, I visited paracas and I saw the rock formations there and few months after they were gone. anyway it is part of natural process and it is more easy to understand and accept than that damages own humans cause in the nature and in the monuments. unfortunately I didn't visit malta yet. nice image registering the beauty of the rock.



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