Perseiid by Martin Mark
Wikimedia Commons (commons.wikimedia.org) is an amazing repository of images from all over the world with nearly all of the them available under the creative commons license. The site is beautifully organized and viewing images is a pleasure. Here's what the site has to say about itself:
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One of the areas I particularly enjoying browsing in is the Astronomy images section. It is in this section that I discovered the astonishing image Perseiid by Estonian photographer Martin Mark.
If being in the right place at the right time serves the talent of a photographer, Martin Mark seems to be gifted with the ability to be timely at will. Perseiid is a photograph that doesn't look like a photograph: it seems surreal or artificial. Nature can be like this at times and it's always an awe-inspiring moment.
This kind of photographer requires that the photographer simply get out of the way when he/she uses their camera. Mr. Mark's ability to do this is amazing. The depth of the photo, the contrast in colors and shapes, the pure emotion leaping from the images takes your breath away. I look at Perseiids and remember the first time I saw the Grand Canyon. There is something epic in this photograph; in all photographs that catch moments when the heavens are showing off for humanity.
Martin Mark has a great personal website filled with remarkable photography. You'll need to Google translate the page if you want to read English though as the site is in Estonian.
PS if you want to see Perseiids in its original format, head over to the wikimedia commons page for Perseiid and see the photo in all its glory.