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The Fungus Rock - Gozo

The Fungus Rock - Gozo
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-01
Categories: Nature, Transportation
Camera: Nikon D7000, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-16 0:50
Viewed: 2501
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Fungus Rock is a limestone block with a height of about 65 meters. The uninhabited rock got its English name to the growing on the rock plant, which was mistakenly regarded as the beginning of mushroom. The Maltese name from the rocky island of the discoverer of this plant, it was a member of the Order of Malta. When the plant is the Maltese sponge or Cynomorium coccineum. It is the only place in Malta in which the parasitic plant grows. The plant was used by the Order of Malta for hemostasis and in the 17th Century was an aphrodisiac made ​​from the extracts and sold to royal houses. Today it is known that the plant has no medicinal qualities. Only members of the Order of Malta had access to the island and monitoring was a guard tower in the Bay Dwejra used.
Since 1992, the Fungus Rock, a nature reserve. Tourists may not enter the island. Fungus Rock can be climbed only for scientific purposes or for teaching purposes. Near the Fungus Rock are the Blue Hole and Inland Sea, which are popular with divers.

The Rock is a huge rock in Dwejra Bay, on the western coast of Gozo. Access is only by boat. The average depth is of 40 metres. This isolated rock has a hole running through its northern part. Underwater, the scenery is as impressive as above, with vertical walls, fissures, gulleys and caverns created by boulders, which provide excellent habitat for the largest groupers. Looking upwards, one can often see tuna, amberjacks and barracudas. The walls of the rock are covered in algae, sea urchins, tube worms, starfish, bristle worms and sea potatoes, with their brilliant red color.

PP work: HDR

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-16 1:16]


Looks a little like a sausage dog drinking from the sea. A smart choice of the wide angled panoramic format with superb sharpness & plasant pastel colors. Good note too. Tfs!

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-05-16 1:50]

Very nice. I like the way the boat give a sense of size into the rocks. Lights is not in a friendly direction :)

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-05-16 4:15]

Hi Francis.

Very descriptive notes to this prominant outcrop of rock. The shape showing the layers of time gives great appeal, the addition the sail boat shows perspective and attraction against the calming waters. Very well taken and presented. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-05-16 7:02]


fantastique rocher et iamge sueprbe la forme et l'image avec le bâteua blanc quelle vue et cpatage grandisoe.

Bravo et amitié


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-05-16 7:52]

Hello Francis :)

This rock looks very curiously, how the ship from the different planet.
He natural colours, creates light and the bright background of the sky beautiful composition,
Superb realization with the very interesting effect.

With best wishes.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-05-16 11:35]

The rock can be beautiful, this rock seem to be an island of pirates, well done

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-05-16 14:03]

Hi Francis,
A great capture that shows a place with mystique. a pirate hideaway or two may be? Interesting layering structure which makes as if the rock is sinking from one side. The boat gives a sense of the scale.

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-05-16 16:09]

Great seascape you add to youe gallary Francis, nice placement of the boat next to the rock. Clear and natural colors, well done. TFS

Boa noite Francis,

Beautiful panoramic view from an excellent POV and wiht very good light and nice colors.

Sounds like a fun place for snorkelling. Nicely composed with the sailboat well positioned. Good clarity.

Hi Francis,
Beautiful caught of view of the Fungus Rock in panorama,
Excellent notes of the sujet well presented with an excellent POV. and DOF.
Fantastic Large Version with amazing details,
I like the boat well placed in the composition,
very well done.

A wonderful shot of this rocky cliff with superb details, dear Francis!

Love the clarity and textures you got in this work.
The sharpness and POv are excellent, and light is very well handled.
Nice job!


Interesting rock formation in the sea and I'm glad you included the boat for sense of proportion. Thanks for the wonderful information. Great lighting and good details. Wonderful colors. Welldone, tfs.

What a great PoV!
The main rock looks like a kind sea monster that has sheltered the boat against the little dangerous rock on left side.

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