Travel Destination ::
Dubrovnik Croatia Adriatic Sea During A Full Moon
My journey to Dubrovnik just happened to be timed to the full moon, and the Adriatic Sea provided a beautiful scene to capture some long exposure photographs.
The way the moonlight illuminates the rich blue water adds a marvellous dimension as do the slight waves.
Photographing anything at night is a passion of mine, whether in a large city or being amongst an amazing landscape. It is also never the easiest of tasks because of focus, steadying a camera (I rarely use a tripod), and getting the settings just right. Honestly, with practice, long exposure photography is not too terribly difficult. And, one of my ongoing projects is photographing landscapes around the world during the full moon.
To view the beautifully preserved Dubrovnik, you might enjoy this Dubrovnik post.
Consider these interesting facts about the Adriatic Sea ::
:: The Word Adriatic is derived from the early Etruscan settlement Adria. The word is thought to be derived from the word Adur, which means sea or water. The Adriatic Sea was once known as Mare Adritaticum.
:: The Adriatic Sea separates the Balkan Peninsula and the Italian Peninsula, as well as the Apennine Mountains and Dinaric Alps.
:: The northern basin of the Adriatic Sea is its shallowest portion. The southern basin of the Adriatic Sea is its deepest.
:: In the Adriatic Sea the tidal movements are considered slight but on occasion, they are larger.
:: The Adriatic Sea has a lower salinity (dissolved salt) than the Mediterranean Sea because it collects one-third of the freshwater that ends up in the Mediterranean Sea.
:: The Adriatic Sea’s surface temperature is roughly 12 degrees Celsius in the winter and 30 degrees Celsius in the summer.
:: The Adriatic Sea is located on the Adriatic Microplate. This microplate was once part of the African Plate but separated during the Mesozoic era.
:: The Adriatic Sea has many protected marine areas. These include karst habitats.
:: The Adriatic Sea has more 7,000 species of flora and fauna. Many are rare and threatened.
:: The earliest known human settlements along the Adriatic were the Greek, Illyrian, and Etruscan people.
:: The Adriatic Sea is connected to the Ionian Sea via the Strait of Otranto.
:: The Adriatic Sea has a variety of different seafloor sediments including relict sand, muddy beds, rocky beds and sandy cove areas.
:: The bottlenose dolphin can be seen in the eastern Adriatic Sea, and along the Croatian coast there are endangered sea turtles and monk seals.
:: The ecosystem of the Adriatic Sea is threatened by excessive nutrient runoff from agricultural activity. A major source is the Po River, as well as Venice, and ships that discharge into the sea.
:: Overfishing is a problem in the Adriatic Sea and 120 species are threatened because of it.
:: Some of the overfished species include Norway lobster, spiny dogfish, monkfish, and blue shark.
:: Most of the countries bordering the Adriatic Sea are considered major tourist destinations. Some of these include Slovenia, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
:: Oil spills are considered a threat to the Adriatic Sea as they would have a major impact on fisheries and tourism. In Croatia alone, more than 1 million people would be without a job if a major oil spill occurred.