Mediterranean

347 | Cosmic Art | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Cosmic Art
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The Milky Way is unbelievable wide and indescribable beautiful. Since the first photo I'm fascinated about it. Billions of stars form structures and colors, which are in the true sense of the word galactic! In Mai 2016 I was able to capture the core and its surrounding for the first time with a long exposure on Corsica. The result surpasses all of my pictures of our home galaxy in terms of exposure time and the details takes my breath away every single time I see the image.


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329 | Jurassic | Serra di Ferro, Korsika
Jurassic
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These Stones at the west coast of Corsica will be remembered for a long time. The shapes were incredible beautiful at this location. I could hardly decide which place I should capture due to the diversity. Before sunset I places my tripod at this narrow path and could not believe how lucky I was when the sun came out over Capo Nero for a blink of an eye. Here I could have taken photos for days. A magical place of silence and energy.


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333 | Coastal Flora | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Coastal Flora
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Sometimes you need a bit of luck in photography to be at the right place at the right time. This sunset I would have missed if my location spotter wouldn't have had the idea to walk the last 100m up the hill. Originally I've planned a picture with the lighthouse of Ile Rousse in the north of Corsica and the setting sun in the background. However, the sunset was even more stunning with the flourishing flora in the foreground.


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337 | Ancient Stardust | Lozari, Korsika
Ancient Stardust
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In early summer there's a spectacle to watch on Corsica. The Milky Way is visible in all its glory in the Mediterranean night sky. In this picture our galaxy stretches across 13 photos above the Genoese tower of Lozari. The Genoese towers in Corsica are a series of coastal defenses constructed by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to stem the attacks by Barbary pirates. I asked myself if the architects of these towers had been mesmerized by the sparkling stars as well?
This night was like a movie. When we planned to leave our house at 01:00 three horses were blocking the road in front of the entrance gate. The neighbor had to catch them before we could leave and that took a while. Afterwards we were the only ones on the street until a wild rabbit crossed the street and forced us to a hard stop. The way to the tower we had already scouted at daylight, that we could spend calm hours in the nature of Corsica.



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343 | Corsica Springtime | Calvi, Korsika
Corsica Springtime
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Corsica offers some of the most beautiful coastal areas which I've seen so far. Especially in springtime the flora is just amazing! Next to prickly friends the Hottentot plants Carpobrotus gives the landscape a colorful surface. In combination with a stunning sunset this moment near Calvi was mesmerizing.


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344 | Capu Neru | Serra di Ferro, Korsika
Capu Neru
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The sun is setting slowly behind Capu Neru and showes off the landscape with its last rays of the day.


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349 | Between Showers | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Between Showers
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When the rain stopped for a moment it was time for a unforgettable sunset at the coast of Ile Rousse.


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385 | Mediterranean Vision | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Mediterranean Vision
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After a rainy day at the coast of Ile Rousse some sun rays broke through the clouds and created this beautiful rainbow.


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423 | Towers of Corsica | Serra di Ferro, Korsika
Towers of Corsica
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The island of Corsica is surrounded by Genoese towers. Some of them you can visit, like the Torre Di Capanella. After a steep hike down and up we reached the highest point of Serra die Ferra just in time to capture this wonderful sunset.


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341 | Aliens of the Mediterranean Sea | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Aliens of the Mediterranean Sea
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For some pictures it's really hard to find the right words. This photo is one of them. How small is the possibility that a shooting star is burning out in this very moment? Just amazing!


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348 | Mediterranean Clouds | Saleccia, Korsika
Mediterranean Clouds
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This was the beginning of a thunderstorm above the hills between Ile Rousse and Saint-Florent on Corsica. After this picture the sky grew dark and the island was welcoming us with an intense two-day rain shower.


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355 | Sanctuary Sunset | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Sanctuary Sunset
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Often the sun disappears behind clouds close to the horizon. This time the sunset was just perfect in Ile Rousse on the island of Corsica. Thousands of birds were flying around the light house when this amazing day was going to end.


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386 | Saleccia Sunrise | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Saleccia Sunrise
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After a long Astronight we were on the way back home. Next to this field we took a break and were waiting for the first daylight.


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327 | Nuit Nocturne de Lozari | Lozari, Korsika
Nuit Nocturne de Lozari
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Preseason on Corsica means no people, cold water and dark nights. It was unbelievable, five nights in a row the sky was crystal clear in the northern part of the island. That's heaven for every astrophotographer! Furthermore, the light pollution was even smaller because most of the restaurants and hotels were still closed.
On this day we've spent the afternoon at the beach of Lozari and we already had a feeling that the Milky Way would look nice above the mountain chain. At 03:15 this became reality. With my 50mm f1.4 lens I was able to shoot a panorama of the Milky Way, which I will remember for a long time.



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358 | Unreal Estate | Ile Rousse, Korsika
Unreal Estate
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At some places which we are visiting I'm asking myself if the owner was aware about his photogenic property. This happened when we were wandering around the island of Corsica. It looks like the landlord is living in the center of the Milky Way. Enviable!


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457 | The Rainbow Behind You | Ile Rousse, Korsika
The Rainbow Behind You
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On the island of Corsica, the weather plays funny games with you. When I witnessed the sunset in the west behind me it was raining. When I turned around there was a vibrant rainbow above the shore of Ile Rousse.


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