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Angelo Francesco Gambino

Location of Photo:

Acicastello (Catania, Italy)

Date/Time of photo:

07/03/2023 18:47 (Local Time)


Nikon D3300 + Nikkor 55-300 mm lens used at a focal length of 170 mm; ISO 200, 1 x 0.8 s


The Moon rising over the volcanic sea stacks of Aci Trezza, the famous fishermen village near the city of Catania (Italy) that inspired the novel of the Italian writer Giovanni Verga entitled "I Malavoglia". The geological formations are the residual of eras of volcanic eruptions from Mount Etna (the highest active volcano in Europe) together with the karstic action of the atmospheric phenomena and of the sea currents. The myth attributes the origin of the stacks to the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, is said to have hurled large rocky peaks at the Greek hero to try to prevent his escape to sea.