Last Sunday we visited the small and picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk which is the largest fishing harbour of Malta and has been so since antiquity. Here, among many other things, you’ll find the colorful and traditional luzzu’z.
The luzzu is a sturdy carvel-built boat with a double-ended hull brightly painted in shades of yellow, red, green and blue. The bow is often pointed with a pair of eyes, “Eye of Osiris”, said to protect the fishermen while at sea.
There’s much more than just the colorful boats to discover in this village, especially on Sundays. More to come…
That was then, last summer, when the bumblebees were playing hide and seek. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin” ― Mother Theresa”
This spring I saw lots of these, as well as during the summer and fall. Now that winter is here, they are still there. Unaware of seasons… “Time is an illusion.” ― Albert Einstein
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison
That was then, just a few weeks ago. Puppies, growing and exploring a new world. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin.
“Life is a painting, and you are the artist. You have on your palette all the colors in the spectrum – the same ones available to Michaelangelo and Da Vinci”
– Paul J. Meyer“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.”
― Wassily Kandinsky“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” – Walter Hagen
The power of color is inescapable. Color affects your behavior, moods, and thoughts. Your reactions to colors are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experiences. A certain color has the ability to soothe your frazzled nerves, agitate a hostile adversary, motivate and empower you to take action, and also to bring healing energy when you need it. As Wassily Kandinsky proclaimed, “Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.” Written by Renee Phillips
3. Now things are starting to happen and it continues to grow.
2. Here it has opened up a little more.
1. The bud slowly starts to open.
The healthy and tasty Pomegranate are not yet ripe here in Malta and, like all other fruits, it has to go through different stages before it is ready to pick and eat, as shown above. Click on an image to enlarge.In full bloom.Here the fruit is ripe and ready to harvest. But in Malta we have to wait another few months. This is an image from my archive.Ready to eat! Anyone who wants to eat pomegranates year-round can buy imported ones. Although I prefer those who grow here on the island.
Photographing different kinds of insects is a fun and exciting challenge. Apart from butterflies and dragonflies which are not always easy to capture I’ve realized that there are a lot more in nature to discover.
I don’t know what kind of beetle this is, there are too many species to choose from. I had some trouble getting sharpness on its head but it shines beautifully in blue-green and has colorful covered wings.An interesting little creature on its way through life.
This flower has a red-colored visitor with eight legs. It’s almost invisible but you’ll see it if you look closely.This visitor isn’t at all invisible and may take up more space than the flower itself.
But you cannot miss these flowers different shades of the vibrant and lovely purple color.
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” – Rumi –“Remember to look up at the stars, not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking –
I’m not very good at wild flowers and tried to find the name of this colorful one via Google “Search by image”. I got the suggestionCarpobrotus rossii,also known as Karkalla. Then I read that that’s a plant native to Australia which is quite far from Malta. Regardless of it’s name, it’s a real splash of color in nature.
Wind gusts are blowing today here in Malta and the rain is pouring. Some stay fragile, some remain strong.The farmers are grateful as are all the inhabitants of nature. My funny Fanny doesn’t want to go out and I’m happy to be alive, while life goes on…
Take care 💗
Understandably, the pictures above are selected from my huge archive.
It’s Sunday, which means it’s time to share some signs again.
Since I just came back home from Malaysia, my signs are from there.
For some unknown reason, wordpress has restricted the possibilities to create a gallery. That’s why it looks like this, though I didn’t want it to look like this. Feel free to click on an image to see it more clearly.It you look closely, there is a small gecko to the right on the sign.I do…This is my favorite. AisKrim.
The sign reminds me of when I saw a little girl standing by the river in Kuching. She sold homemade ice cream that she marketed with a handwritten sign, AIS-KRIM. Typically I didn’t bring my camera with me.
I’ve been away for a while, away from it all, again. This time we went to Gozo, Malta’s sister island which is completely different from the main island. Gozo is known as a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change.
This little island has its own special charm. It’s greener, more rural and with life’s rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. I love this little island in the middle of the Mediterranean.These images may represent tranquility and life’s rhythm, at the sunset of Dwejra.
I’d like to thank Ben Humberman at WordPress.com who once again highlighted my blog in the Reader under Discover. Thank You so much Ben and thanks to all of my new and old followers!!
You are my inspiration. ❤
GoldenrodBlue GreenMelonThese are the week’s colors in Jennifer’s Color Your World Challenge from where I choose 12, 13 and 14. Each image is from different countries, Malta, Malaysia and Sweden. Which image belongs to which country? Perhaps too easy to guess…
This is my first entry for Jennifer’s Color Your World challenge which began in January. I haven’t had time to participate from start, but from now on, I will try to create at least one post per week in this fun challengeScreaming Green.Sun glow.Outer Space.
Yesterday we went to the countryside as we often do during the weekends. Chapels like these are often seen along the country roads, while all the small villages and towns have their magnificent churches in the center.Some flowers I found in Ta Qali National Park while Fanny ran around and explored the lush surroundings.
For me, this flower is unique. They are quite small and you don’t notice the colors if you’re not really close. There are lots of these rare flowers that bloom now here in Malta. In my next post, I’ll show almond trees that already blooming on the island.
Fler bilder från Gozo, den här gången från Victoria, öns största stad om än liten. Även här måste du nog klicka på bilderna för att de ska komma till sin fulla rätt. Till varje bild finns en kort text, ordningen är slumpvis. Enjoy 🙂
Do not forget the hat! They are available at the small square in Victoria where you can also sit down and relax with something to drink, watch the street life and maybe buy a small souvenir on the market.
A typical Maltese old balcony, or, at least half of it..
A small old town house in the middle of Victoria. Close to everything but still, far away from traffic and tourists.
A typical tourist street that is also well worth exploring.
A not so typical Maltese old balcony, but I like the mix of architecture.
Maybe, there’s a shoe store here…
In Victoria you will find both interesting architecture, ancient preserved buildings and very friendly residents.
Walking around and explore the narrow alleys of Victoria is an exciting and interesting experience.
The streets are narrow and many, making it easy to get lost if you walk away from the tourist area. Which you should…
Here`s some more pictures from last weekend in Gozo, this time from Victoria, the largest city on the island. If you like, take your time and click on an image to enlarge, to each image there’s a short text. The order is random. Enjoy !
Visst köpte jag en Ros, för Kärlekens skull, bara en. Köpte samtidigt en bukett, av en blomma jag tidigare aldrig sett. Den vita, med lila kanter. Det blev lite roligt, det blev en överraskning. Köpte ju Champagne, Choklad och en Present. Min man tänkte inte tanken, att 19 Juni 2017 var en speciell dag, vår 25-åriga bröllopsdag. Han tänker Midsommarafton, som vår dag, då vi firar igen och åker på fredag till Gozo.
…sista inlägg i Fotoutmaningen 365 Foton 2017. Känner att jag inte längre tycker att det är lika givande och den där rätta inspirationen är borta. Kommer fortsätta som tidigare med bloggen, lägga in bilder och även följa några av er deltagare som jag hittills följt. Lycka till alla ni fantastiska människor jag lärt känna via utmaningen plus alla andra, varav flera, vi ses igen!
För att undvika missförstånd. Har inte tappat inspirationen att fotografera men känner inte längre någon glädje i att försöka passa in mina bilder till olika bestämda teman. Bloggen fortsätter som vanligt och det känns faktiskt riktigt bra att ha fattat beslut. Tröttnar nog aldrig på att fotografera och söker ständigt konsten, att lära mera…
Samma fjäril som förra året eller iallafall likadan. Verkar vara den enda sort av fjärilar som syns bland våra blommor. Har sett en vit en gång men det kanske var en mal. Spröt, känselspröt, har iallafall alla fjärilar.
Återvänder till mina bilder från besöket i Stockholm för någon vecka sen. Det här finns inte att hitta på Malta. Varken när det gäller färg, byggnadsmaterial eller arkitektur och därmed finns här inte heller några takåsar.
Trivialt och ganska platt men färgerna matchar lite av min header. Att finna motiv och skapa alldagliga bilder på ett sätt som fångar betraktarens intresse, kan också det vara en konst, om än motivet i sig är ointressant.