The Power of Flowers & Color

It feels like my last post was a bit too depressing so I decided to add some happy color in a new post instead. My colorful bougainvillea is still blooming on our terrace…

…and the color splash that is barely visible in the top image is the color of Fanny’s new coat.If dogs could smile she would do it and if dogs could talk she would tell that she is a happy one.

Trees on Tuesdays

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”
Rumi – “The greatest Threat to Our Planet is the Belief that Someone Else will Save it”
-Robert Swan – Susan’s Photo Challenge Trees on Tuesdays.

Trees on Tuesdays

Same tree taken from different angle and different seasons. The one in the middle was taken in the beginning of February this year. The others are from last weekend.
Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Malta.

Susan’s Photo Challenge Trees on Tuesdays.

Yes, the picture in the middle has been shown here before.
Didn’t have much imagination today.

Spring is in the air

Yesterday we went to Ta Qali Park. Usually we never go there on the weekends when the summer is over because there are too many people and you can’t have your dog without leash. But we were all alone.I haven’t been here for a while and was really surprised. It felt like spring even though we are in November! This beauty has a very special expression, perhaps it was also surprised that it felt like spring in the air.The sky was blue, the grass was green and there were lots of small yellow flowers.
Fanny was more than happy to run around in the greenery without a leash. At first I didn’t notice that there were two butterflies on the leaf! A spider with its catch of the day.I saw lots of different kinds of butterflies, dragonflies and other kinds of insects. But as usual, they are very active and difficult to capture with the camera. I’m glad I got this one.Ta’ Qali National Park, Malta

Welcome November

Typically November, the sky is gray, it’s thundering and it’s raining again.
Days like these we need both color and flowers and not to forget, a happy mind. Susan’s Flowers on Fridays # 13. 
Cee’s Photo Challenge.

Flower of The Day

It continues to rain here on the island. These are still blooming on our terrace, although it’s soon November.
Life goes on, sometimes a bit too fast. For the future, I have a wish…Cee’s Photo Challenge.

Thistly

“Do not blame the thistle that you can see no beauty”
Jonathan Lookwood Huie – “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”
– Albert Einstein –

Susan’s Flowers on Fridays # 13. 
Cee’s Photo Challenge.

Pomegranates and Prickly Pears

We spent another Sunday among pomegranates and prickly pears in Majjistral Nature Park. This time I had brought gloves so I could pick some of the prickly fruits. They taste pretty good, not too sweet.

The pomegranate kernels are not sweet at all but taste good mixed with yogurt and some honey.I found a small nest full of life……and a butterfly. There were plenty of them but I only managed to capture this one.Fanny was with us, as always. Here she rests after running around in the amazing surroundings of the park.And here she waits patiently between the rocks as we make our way up the last hill on the way up to the plateau where we have parked our car. The weather was fine, 25 degrees and another day of life is gone.

20 October 2019 Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park

Autumn Feeling

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.

Skyltsöndag

Då var det söndag och dags att skylta igen. Här är en blandning från förra helgens utflykt till fiskebyn Marsaxlokk här på Malta samt lite annat smått och gott. Den övre har anknytning till den sista. Enjoy! Den här var väl fin!

Har man hund så har man. Voff, voff…🐕 I en fiskeby erbjuds naturligtvis färsk fisk. Fast vi tyckte det var lite för dyrt och tillagade fisk hemma istället.San Gwakkin?? Men en Skylt är det och de så typiska Malta-färgerna. En tygpåse som förhoppningsvis leder till ett gott skratt… Kunde inte undgå att lägga märke till alla män som plötsligt gick omkring och bar på svenska flaggans färger. Helt fantastiskt att så många tagit flyget hit för att se fotbollsmatchen mellan Malta-Sverige. Vilken entusiasm! Vädret har dessutom varit strålande med upp till 27+ vilket inte framgår på bilden, men en skylt ser ni iallafall.

Alla kan vara med och skylta på söndagar, BP håller i trådarna.
Länk till övriga deltagare.

A trip to Marsaxlokk – Malta

Last Sunday we went to Malta’s largest fishing village Marsaxlokk. I enjoy walking around here, mainly because of all the colorful fishing boats that are seen in the harbor but also because of its special atmosphere.Even the fishing nets are colorful.…and so are the benches.

Some snapshots!On Sundays, many Maltese visit the fish market to buy from the morning’s catch and it’s a popular location among locals for Sunday lunch. We neither bought any fish nor ate lunch but it was well worth a visit!

Thursday’s pictures..

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 –

Goodbye September

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

Stones

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 on Tuesdays

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

Skyltsöndag

Dags för Skyltsöndag igen och eftersom jag nyligen varit i Spanien kommer de flesta därifrån. Enjoy!

Gatuskyltarna är ofta vackra. På Calle La Granja bodde vi en vecka i den lilla charmiga staden Salobrena.

Vi bodde i den gamla delen där gränderna är som labyrinter och gatorna branta. Bestämde mig för att gå upp till toppen där Castillo De Salobreña ligger. Bilden till höger såg jag på en husvägg och gick dit pilen pekade. Fast jag gick förstås vilse…Till slut nådde jag toppen och jag vet, det här är ingen skylt och inte heller någon ruin men utsikten var fin.Nu förflyttar vi oss till Gamla stan i Almuñécar som också ligger utmed Costa Tropical.
Här har någon dekorerat sin fasad och enligt skylten fått någon slags utmärkelse.Menu del Día är ofta lika svårlästa som här. Speciellt om man inte behärskar spanska.
Ögonen fastnar istället på dekorationen till vänster.Medelhavet med den milslånga stranden har ganska grov sand till skillnad mot Malta där vi mest har klippor. Här och var syns dessa ashtrays, en väldigt bra idé för att hålla stranden ren.Tillbaka i Salobreña men utanför Gamla stan. Här syns fasaden till ett av många hus som jag tror är semesterbostäder. Tycket dekorationen är riktigt snygg och kan nog även ses som en skylt.Tillbaka hemma på Malta där det snart finns fler lyftkranar än träd. Vad pilen fyller för funktion har jag ingen aning om men jag vet iallafall en som har en förkärlek för lyftkranar så den bilden får avsluta veckans skörd.

Vem som vill kan vara med och skylta på söndagar, BP håller i trådarna.

Här är en länk till andra deltagare.

Time to Harvest

There are plenty of olive trees in Ta Qali Park and I’ve seen how they’ve grown since last spring.Now they are ripe and ready to pick.This morning my dear husband came home with a whole bag of olives, at least several kilos.

Soon he realized that the best thing is to remove the pits before they are soaked and went to buy a olive pitter. He spent quite a long time with each olive but within a month they will be ready to eat. Lucky me…

Roses

“My life is part humor, part roses, part thorns.”
– Bret Michaels –A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears. The sun asks: Aren’t you tired of waiting? Yes, answers the rose, ‘but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.
– Paulo Coelho –

Susan’s Flowers on Fridays # 7. 
Cee’s Photo Challenge

Time for a break

I’m taking a break now, not sure for how long. Flying away from Malta tonight for two weeks.

It really feels like I have to get away from it all right now.
💕 Take care out there! 💕 “Sometime I just want to fly
away from here…
                                                                …as the bird fly before the winter.”

Skyltsöndag / Sunday Signs

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.

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.

 

Yellow Flowers

Butterflies are self propelled flowers
– Robert A. Heinlein –
You don’t need to see the sunset to feel the warmth of its color
– Atticus –Has a bee ever landed on you, and instead of getting scared, you appreciate the possibility that you got confused for a flower.A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow.
Susan’s Flowers on Fridays # 3. 
Cee’s Photo Challenge

A Day trip to Valletta

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….

Hibiscus

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

On the Stage

Sunday night we spent at the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta, to listen to……Ben Portsmouth, “The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist” who for the first time visited Malta. Above, some images from the intro of the show. Below, the artist himself.I usually never shoot under these lighting conditions, thus the quality is not the best.

But most important, it was a great night, taking a walk down memory lane. Good old tunes and also a bit challenging to try to take pictures of the artist and his band on the stage. Click on an images to enlarge.
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In August 2012, Ben Portsmouth made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the ‘Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title.
There was only one Elvis but Ben is the closest you will ever get in terms of Elvis’s looks, his singing voice and on stage charisma. Hope you enjoyed!