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Gems of Maldivean Nights

An Island in the Universe

During early March 2022, I had a chance to visit beautiful Maldivian islands Thoddoo and Madivaru of Alif Alif Atoll, from where the beatiful night skies were visible as well. Enjoy some of my images I took over this Earth’s paradise.

An Island in the Universe

An Island in the Universe

It can be a metaphor for nowadays. It can be a symbol to realize our own fragility. It can also keep the bottomless romance. When life first ascended from the sea to land, our entire planet became a small island in the giant emptiness of space, from which we look to the distant worlds that are still emerging or have not even been given a chance. We got this chance, hopefully, we won’t waste it. The picture shows a small island of Madivaru, the south located sandy island from Finolhu (on the Maldivian atoll Alif Alif). If lucky, you have a breathtaking view of the jewels of the southern sky: the dominant Southern Cross, accompanied to the right by the star-forming (and possibly life-forming) Carina Nebula. To the left, it is followed by the stars Alpha and Beta Centauri, under which, with the help of a map, we can find the faint orange-star star Proxima – closest to our Sun and also orbiting the nearest Earth-like world. A world that can be another island in the giant emptiness of space. Used Canon Ra, Sigma 50mm, f2.2, ISO 2500, panorama of 17 single exposures from Vixen Polarie U.