Last Sunday we went to Il-Majjistral Nature Park here in Malta. We haven’t been here since last spring and it is always exciting to see how our nature changes, depending on the seasons. Now autumn is here.This is nothing to be found in the spring.
These thistles have completely changed colors. Once purple, now turned into soft autumn colors.Our nature is absolutely amazing! This picture speaks for itself. As always, Fanny was with us. She loves to run freely in the large nature park with all steep slopes. She has seen wild rabbits here, now sniffing and looking for them. Luckily she never catches any, they are too fast.
Sunshine’s Macro Monday.
The butterflies above are from my archive and I believe they were all photographed in Borneo’s rainforest some years ago. Maybe someone out there knows what kind of butterflies these are?Yesterday I saw this tiny dragonfly here in Malta but the beauty flew away too fast.
Without my macro lens this time but at least I got a fairly good close up.
Sunshine’s Macro Monday
The main thing these pictures have in common… …is that they are surrounded by the greenery of nature.
“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light”
– Hans Hofmann –
Almost black and white but I couldn’t resist the appearance of some colors. Susan’s Black and White on Wednesdays.
” In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous”
– Aristotle –
” The earth has music for those who listen”
– Shakesphere –Cee’s Photo Challenge
Sunshine’s Macro Monday
Photo a day Challenge / Goodbye September
Söndag och dags att skylta igen. Fortsätter med mina bilder från Spanien med inslag från Malta. Spanien. Ingen direkt skylt men en något udda lokal för skyltning av lite speciella festkläder.
Något historiskt i Granada, Spanien.
En gammal skylt från en nedlagd butik i Valletta, Malta.
Lite blandat från Spanien och Valletta på Malta.Den här tycker jag om, rar på något vis, Spanien så klart.Att namnge sitt hus är vanligt här på Malta. När vi hade hus i San Ġiljan döpte vi det till Larnita, en kombi av våra namn, Lars och Anita. De som köpte huset år 2005 lät skylten sitta kvar och den sitter där än idag.Avslutar med en liten påminnelse om hur viktiga våra insekter faktiskt är.
Alla kan vara med och skylta på söndagar, BP håller i trådarna.
Länk till övriga deltagare.
Thousands of small, small stones, shaped by the waves of the sea.Salobreña beach, Spain September 2019.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples”
– Mother Theresa –
Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stone
Trees around a lake in Sarawak, Borneo.
One of the few old trees still left in Malta. Too many trees are cut down to build wider roads.
Tree trunks and a bit of imagination can create different kinds of figures.“The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright –
Susan’s Photo Challenge Trees on Tuesdays
I have a dear friend that I have known ever since I started blogging year 2011. Every Sunday she post different kinds of signs and there are many others that follow. I haven’t participated since I can’t remember when but now I feel it is time to join again. Here we go…Great Sales in Sicily.
Good to know since I often leave my door open.
Many road signs here in Malta need a facelift. O…pen!!
Anyone can join this fun photo challange, managed by BP.
Follow the link to find others who participate.
It’s not often that I visit Valletta but a few days ago I took the ferry to Malta’s capital. Here, most of the side streets are narrow and some also very steep. The best way to get around is on foot, which I did.The entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and selected as the European Capital of Culture year 2018. The city became the capital on 18 March 1571.Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It’s the “modern” city built by the Knights of St John, a masterpiece of the Baroque. It’s also one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
More to come….
One of the very few flowers left on our roof terrace is this Hibiscus which has been growing there for eleven years now. We also have some geraniums left and I also bought a Bougainvillea, my favorite among flowers.
Susan’s Flowers on Fridays # 1.
Cee’s Photo Challenge
Small details on a wall with at least more than one rectangle. Franks weekly Photo Challenge – Rectangles
This is a very small flower that I found in Ta Qali National Park.
Perhaps someone know what kind of flower it is.
Cee’s Photo Challenge
Today I had a visitor among my flowers. It was very small.Almost as tiny as a thumbnail.
Cee’s Photo Challenge
“At the end of the road is the beginning of a new adventure““Life is a journey, not a destination”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson –
Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road
They are now seen growing everywhere on the small island of Malta.Cee’s Photo Challenge
Nerja, Andalusia, Spain.
Harmony Bridge in Kuching, Sarawak.
Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park in Il-Mellieħa late afternoon.
The foot bridge in Tigne, Sliema from where you can watch the view of Malta’s capital Valletta on the other side.
This is my entry for this week’s Which Way Photo Challenge
Some images from last weekend in Il-Bajja tal-Ġnejna, Gnejna Bay in Mgarr.
I hope the depth of field can be seen in some of these pictures.Last but not least, my beloved Basenji Fanny, always by my side, a precious part of my life.
For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Depth of Field
Stairway to heaven…
Sometimes we may need to just relax and contemplate before making any decisions, which way…
Posted for Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge.
Sometimes, it may be a challenge, to capture unknown people with the camera……while they are unaware that they are actually being photographed by another unknown person.
Dutch Goes the Photo – Challenge
Cee´s Fun Foto Challenge -Catching people unaware.
A Splash of Color from Malta’s typical fishing boats…
A Floral Color Splash…A Splash of Joy…
Click this link and find more Splash on Kate’s Friday Photo Fun.
The realistic lifesized painted-bronze work by J. Seward Johnson Jr. depicts a man about 30 years old carrying a boy, about 4-years old on his shoulders. The boy has taken the man’s hat and is about to put it on himself as the man’s left arm reaches for the hat and his right hand grips the boy by the right ankle. Behind the work is a mural of a carousel, leaving the impression that the pair are at a fair or carnival.
Santa Barbara, California, United States.
This is my entry for this week’s fun theme.Composition.
Friday Photo Fun.
This is my first entry for Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge, where the theme for the week is Blue.
Where the first picture of the boy in blue jeans was taken, I will show in a later post.Blue color in two different pools, or maybe the same pool but from different angles in different light.
Old and new surrounded by blue…Back to the pool for a dip in the blue……before embarking on this sailboat for a trip on the Mediterranean blue sea.
A Photo A Week Challenge / Blue
It’s hard to believe that this creature will transform into a colorful moth. I’ve never seen such a big caterpillar. It’s about 15 cm/6 inches. Could be an Elephant Hawk-moth, Deilephila elpenor but I’m not sure.
Now, that caterpillar was not yet colorful so here’s some sunshine from Ta Qali……where the grass was wet with dew.A spider’s web along with dew create a nice pattern. Nature is an amazing world to explore and we must all do what we can to preserve it. “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”
Food for thought can be that earth is home to millions of species, but just one dominates it.
Wish you all a lovely weekend!“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth,
man would have no more than four years to live.”
It may not look so comfortable but when I saw this man I felt that he had fun. Seeing the fun in an uncomfortable situation shows that the man has an open mind who enjoys his comfort.
Some may feel the comfort of a cold beer after a hard day’s work while others choose a light lunch.
Friendship and games between adults.
Lonesome on the rocks by the sea with a book.
Friendship between young people.
There are so many types of comfort, that can be friendship or being alone.
And most important, to be grateful for having the feeling of comfort, which we can’t take for granted.
Post inspiration: Dutch Goes the Photo – Comfort