19 January 2014. We awoke to the Symphony dropping anchor in Opunoha Bay, Moorea. From the Promenade Deck one could see the wondrous panorama, the focal point: the canine tooth-shaped Mt. Tohivea, soaring higher than a 400-story skyscraper. The island with a population of 16,000 is rivaled in beauty only by Bora Bora, an hour by air to the northwest. This particular shot was from the Promenade Deck of the Crystal Symphony, which along with its sister ship, Crystal Serenity, is rated at the pinnacle of the cruise ship business. I was on board giving a series of talks on the ship.
It is strange to label a location on the globe diametrically opposite Europe as "France," but that is what French Polynesia happens to be. Tahiti and Moorea are French Colonies, and they are magnificent. Two years earlier, in January 2012, we were in Moorea, and I posted, "Return from Paradise", and "Return from Paradise II".
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Didi (58794) 2014-06-18 11:27
Hi my friend
Awesome view Fantastic large version
Good quality of the backlights
emka (85311) 2014-06-18 23:52
Hello Bulent, It is really like in paradise. Always funny to see that it is France :). Magnificent landscape from Polynesia.
have a great evening by TV screen with World Cup.
Warmest regards MAlgo
miumiu (6113) 2014-06-19 2:20
This is really Paradise!
l like these amazing high mountains.
The view is stunning!
Have a nice day
siudzi (34131) 2014-06-19 2:31
Excellent panorama shot of this incredibly beautiful place! So peaceful and charming visual effect was achieved due to the bright blue tones. Well seen and done. TFS!
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-06-19 6:17
Hello Bulent - French Polynesia, even the name evokes ideas of exotic landscapes and dusky maidens. It must be impressions of the paintings of Gauguin (Is it politically incorrect to still admire his painting I wonder?) This does look like paradise; the mountains and verdant forests. A lovely panorama in gorgeous shades of blues and greens.
ikeharel (62159) 2014-06-19 8:53
Inspite of the mist, a beautiful and impressive nature on picture.
Blue and green mingle in harmony, light flickering on water surface and sharp neetle tops are most intriguing, photography-wise.
jhm (143539) 2014-06-20 4:58
One of your best pictures on TE, the colours, the silhouettes of the mountains, what a lovely picture.
Sharp and very clear for look at.
Excellent panoramic view about these area.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
serp2000 (41884) 2014-06-20 8:11
Good June morning, Bulent,
perfect quality for this light camera, excellent DoF! Yes, I like this landscape too, you are right and I also love the island. Why not? We really can to meet on Corfu, for example.
The words "French Polynesia and Moorea" remind me the newspapers articles about the nuclear experiments of France in 1980th. They said there are very beautiful coral atolls in Polynesia.
worldcitizen (7515) 2014-06-20 20:38
It's always nice to see another photo from paradise. :-) This is a beautiful view, with multiple layers to enjoy: the sparkling water in the foreground, the lush greenery, and then the mountains covered by a bit of mist in the distance. It must be wonderful to see this view in person. The panoramic presentation is perfect. By the way, thanks for your critiques on some of my recent photos. :-)
jemaflor (88825) 2014-06-20 23:59
great panorama on this island, well taken, pleasant blue tones, tfs.
Silvio1953 (129414) 2014-06-21 13:24
Ciao Bulent, fascinating landscape with fantastic peaks, magic atmosphere, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Mics (809) 2014-06-28 2:36
Hello Prof. Bulent,
A beautiful photo almost like perfect painting. Lovely silhouettes and tones. Perfectly executed shot dear Professor :-)
Have a nice day,
mesutilgim (88568) 2014-06-29 13:17
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Bu benim "the beauty of the simplicity" dediğim türden olmuş.
Mavi yolculuktan selam ve sevgiler
lousat (81734) 2014-06-29 13:18
Hi Bulent,a great shot from this corner of paradise,one of the best places in the world talking about nature,a great capture made with the usual excellent sharpness and bright colors,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Gigidusud (17673) 2014-07-16 6:21
Hello dear Bulent,
Splendid panorama with nice reflections on the water, this place is a real paradise. I like it!
Hugs to all the family !
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-21 14:26
This is a beautiful panorama of what truly looks like paradise. The blue and green tones of the photo make for a pleasant composition.
mcmtanyel (16051) 2014-07-21 22:31
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
Magnificent view of these unusual geological formations in panoramic format. Enjoy your upcoming cruise. As we say in Turkish, let what you eat and drink be yours, tell (or show, in this case) us what you see.