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June 26, 2008

Rays of Light — Underwater Gozo and Malta

BY: Keith Ellenbogen


©OCEANA/ Keith Ellenbogen


In a twist of irony, with the absence of marine life, our exploration shifted towards underwater landscapes and prisms of light that dazzled the eye and sparked imagination.

From the surface, and as soon as I descended, I was immediately captivated by the vibrant colors of blue and blue/green light flowing effortlessly through the water. Looking towards the surface I could almost see the change in tone of blue as I ascended and descended with the absorption of the shorter spectrum of the red wavelengths concealed in the prism of white light.

Fascinated with the landscape above the water, from another perspective, an underwater vantage point, at a depth of about 60ft/20m in crystal clear water with visibility about 25 meters — I hovered motionless, photographing the sandy cliffs, passing clouds, and curious people looking into the blue hole, in spectacular locations such as “Azure Window” and the “blue dome”.