Photoset from winter backpacking trip in Soutern Urals, January of 2015. The shots are actually color; it is the scenery which was basically b/w.
That morning I was on the balcony checking some antenna cable. Suddenly, a flare of a very bright star on the south-east attracted my attention. The star moved from east to west and quickly grew in size. In few seconds, it had transformed to a fireball similar to the sun in size and brightness. That was a dim dawn twilight but for a couple of seconds everything had brightened like under the midday sunshine.
In another few seconds, the fireball shrank and went out somewhere on the south-west leaving a thick cloudy trace illuminated by the rising sun. Still under the impression of this thrilling show, I rushed downstairs to grab the camera and back to make this shot:
After the shutter had been released, I heard the sound of a distant explosion and felt the vibration like of a slight earthquake.
The name Zyuratkul refers to the mountain range (1175m in its highest point) and the alpine lake located in the Southern Urals.
It’s been the second summer holidays we spent traveling to Catalonia (this time, there was a bit of nearby Southern France as well).
Malgrat de Mar, a small town on the Catalan coast where we stayed in while visiting Spain.