Dragonflies

Often when I’m lucky enough to find a dragonfly that doesn’t fly, I have noticed that they put their wings forward towards the head, as if they were trying to protect themselves, or maybe they sleep.Regardless, it is an amazing insect that is usually seen flying by very quickly. Some are really big and shine in different shades of color. Maybe, I’ll succeed to capture at least one of them this summer. Never give up!

Hide and Seek with a Bumblebee

Don’t ask me why but I really love bumblebees and there are many to be found now among the flowers.

But they are not always so easy to capture as they usually hide half of themselves deep into a flower.Thanks for not hiding. Sometimes you’re lucky!

Pomegranate – From Bud to Edible

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.

Flower of The Day

Now the cactus is blooming and within a few months we can pick tasty and sweet Prickly pears for free. When you see them like this it feels hard to believe that they will be edible.

Cee’s Photo Challenge Flower of The Day

Macro photography A Colorful Insect

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.

Cropping & Mixed Thoughts

We all know that sometimes cropping is a must when you want to highlight the main subject of your image.

Other images may look better if not cropped too much or not at all if it reveals a poorer image quality.
Feel free to click on an image above to enlarge and compare them to each other.This one couldn’t be cropped because I was so close but in this case there was no need to crop either. I’ve too many images in my archive that easily could have been thrown away but for some reason they are still there. Some images evoke memories even though they can be seen as meaningless to others. Note to self; crop when you think it improves, throw away when you are not happy and sort out your archive when you have time. Enjoy life, and never give up! The key to learning more about the noble art of photography is curiosity and a sense of joy in what you create.

Flower on Fridays

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.

Susan’s Flower on Fridays
Cee’s Photo Challenge Flower of The Day

The Year’s first..

This is the year’s first dragonfly that I managed to capture with my camera a couple of days ago.
It sat on the stick only for a few seconds before it flew away and disappeared. Bye, bye..I also managed to photograph a few butterflies. This is quite common but rarely sits still.
Could it be an Green-veined White butterfly? It has green eyes.This is a colorful beauty and surely it gives you a sense of joy that at least now and then succeed in capture these unique little insects that are such an important part of our nature.

Fanny is always my companion. She’s the best, she’s curious, awake and very funny. We have a heat wave here on the island, almost 30 degrees so now we are heading to Il-Majjistral Park where we can take a dip in the sea. Take care! ❤

Hidden In a Shell

“It seems to me that the Natural World is the greatest source of Excitement; …

the greatest source of Natural Beauty;…the greatest source of Intellectual Interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living”
– Sir David Attenborough –

Flowers on Fridays

“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 –

Susan’s Flower on Fridays

Me and my dog

In this post I show some images from my recent walks with my dog in various Nature parks here in Malta. Thanks to Fanny, I’ve discovered amazing sceneries on this tiny island in the Mediterranean.

The greenery, the narrow paths and the deep slopes of Victoria Lines.The barren landscape along the sea in Pembroke.The steep clay slopes in Ghajn Tuffieha.Together we have made adventurous climbs in Il-Majjistral Nature Park.

Besides Fanny, I also photograph the variety of wild plants and insects found in our nature, more of that will come in a later post. And don’t worry, Fanny is visible also in the first image, but you have to look closely.

Friday’s flower

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 suggestion Carpobrotus 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.

Susan’s Flower on Fridays
Cee’s Photo Challenge Flower of The Day

Just a Small Difference

There’s only a slight difference between these two pictures.
I prefer the last one. The flower itself is very small.

“Small Differences can lead to Big Changes.”

Cee’s Photo Challenge Flower of The Day

Life is good…

Life goes on as usual, I can still go out while my husband since three weeks now has to stay indoors. I go to the supermarket when needed and I take long walks with Fanny twice a day, otherwise I stay home as advised. I’m grateful to have my beloved dog as a companion when walking in nature.

Now in the spring you will find different flowers everywhere and thus a variety of colors while bees are looking for nectar. This flower is as small as my thumb nail.Despite prevailing circumstances, life is good…

Joy in Today’s Reality

These pictures are from the Carnival that went on in Valletta at the end of February.
My images of this cheerful young lady may not be photographically perfect
but as long as they can spread some joy into your heart I do not care about the quality. That was then, when our daily lives went on as normal while we, as we always are, were unaware of our future. Today, the world looks different. Malta is a small island with less than half a million inhabitants.
So far there are 350 confirmed cases and two deaths…
I believe in the future and I know that hope is stronger than fear.
❤ Take care!! ❤

Wind gusts are blowing…

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.

“We are Living on This Planet…

I’d be lying if I said I’m not worried.
The worlds ecosystem is at risk over a timescale of no more than a few decades.
“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to”
– Terri Swearingen – The Amazon rainforest is nearing a threshold and the Caribbean coral reefs are threatened to die off within a very few years while the world’s warming climate has resulted in sustained glacial mass loss.
“We can help the world live without fear. It is our only hope and without hope we are lost”
– Michael Jackson –Humanity is affected by COVID-19. WHO has declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, acknowledging — the virus will likely spread to all countries on the globe.
I trust humanity’s willingness to cooperate, what else can we do…

Malta Carnival 2020 – Part 2

Here are some more images from last weekend’s Colorful Carnival in Valletta.

Same same but… A smile makes it all!

Feel free to click on an image to enlarge. Hope you enjoyed these amazing creations made by enthusiasts as much as I did since……more to come!

Colorful Joy

Here are a few images from this weekend’s Colorful Carnival in Valletta.

The participants wore amazing creations and colorful costumes.It was a lovely atmosphere filled with fun and joy in the city of Valletta.
More to come…

Flowers on Fridays

“Love is our true destiny. We don’t find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another”
– Thomas Merton –Susan’s Flowers on Fridays
Cee’s Photo Challenge Flower of the day

Black & White Photography – 10

 This is the tenth time I join Susie’s fun photo black and white challenge.
And my own theme for this week is shadows and lights.
“If you don’t have any shadows You’re not in the light”
– Lady Gaga –“The eye is always caught by light but shadows have more to say”
– Gregory Maguire –

In my next post I will show how these pictures look in color, so stay tuned.

Susan’s Black and White on Wednesdays

Flower(s) of The Day

Feeling Blue.Red for Love – Red for Fire. Snow WhiteYellow Solar heat. Pink – Passion.

Wherever life plants you…Susan’s Flowers on Fridays
Cee’s Photo Challenge.

Kuching Street Art

Kuching is a colorful place and the city is becoming a popular haven for street art.

 Thanks to local arts festivals and even corporate sponsorships, more and more of the town’s blank walls are gradually being taken over by vivid murals. Many of the works portray scenes from local life… …whether it be human or wildlife. Paintings of orangutans are a common sight throughout the city. This one is small……while this one covers an entire wall facade.

Flower of The Day

Yesterday I saw an almond tree that was already blooming, although it was mostly buds.

It’s a lovely flower.It feels like spring though it’s still winter here on the island.“Almond blossom, sent to teach us That the Spring days soon will reach us”
– Edwin Arnold –

Susan’s Flowers on Fridays
Cee’s Photo Challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge – Favorite Photos of 2019

Artistic.
For the last Lens-Artists Photo Challenge of 2019, we will show some of our favorite photos that we have taken during the year that are close to end.Creative.
It’s always difficult to pick favorites but I like the way Patti divided her favorites into different categories, so I did the same, or almost the same.
Fun.

Here’s the proof, a smile says it all and means a lot. A smile is the shortest distance between two people.

Artwork created by nature.
A favorite image does not always mean that it must be perfect from a photographic point of view.
Pictures can convey feelings, evoke memories or special moments.
The true reality.
This orangutan lives in Borneo’s rainforests and belongs to a species threatened with extinction.Our valuable nature.
We must take care of our nature and its inhabitants which all have an impact on the survival of the earth.
“Cherish the natural world because you’re part of it and depend on it”
-David Attenborough –Lens-Artists Challenge #76 – Favorite Photos of 2019

Masjid India Kuching

The newly built one and only floating Mosque in Kuching is located on the banks of the Sarawak River, close to the newly built Harmony bridge whose shape symbolizes the balance of cultures living together in harmony.“Harmony among our different religious traditions is essential for world peace”
Dalai Lama –This is the Old State Mosque, built in 1968 to replace an original wooden one built in 1852.
Its gilded cupolas make it one of the city’s most striking landmarks, particularly at sunset.

Memories from Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo Malaysia.
December 2019