WPC – Tour Guide

This week, Krista asks us to share images of where we live. What do we love about where we live?
Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea located south of Italy. It´s one of the smallest countries in the world with an estimated population of 422,000. It´s a popular tourist destination with its warm climate and architectural and historical monuments. Malta has some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world and the capital Valletta is designated as the Capital of Culture 2018!
Love the wonderful nature, especially in spring with all wildflowers and a stunning greenery all over the island. Not to be found during the hot summer months.Who doesn’t love the typical Maltese balconies, painted in different colors…

… and where in Europe can you buy fresh sweet strawberries even in winter.
The local wine is very tasteful as well as many other local produces.Then we have the colorful fishing boats known as Maltese luzzu. There are much much more I would like to share, but I think I have to stop here and consider a part two…

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Tour Guide

Color Your World 2018 / 1

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.

CYW 2018

 

Nature’s diversity

Above is part of where I walk with Fanny every morning. The rocks along the Mediterranean stretch from Sliema Pitch to Balluta Bay. It takes more or less an hour and a half back and forth if we walk pretty fast, including stops when we meet other dogs..I love the scenery and Fanny jumps with joy along the rocks.

In the weekends we take the car to Ta Qali National Park where nature is completely different. This is a large recreation area with walkways and a wide range of plants and trees as well as animal species.

We are not far from the rocks near home but we are in a completely different scenery.

Here we find lots of greenery and beautiful plants, many of which I’ve never seen. This is part of nature’s diversity on this small island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Why Malta – This is my Malta part 4

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.

Monday’s mix of weekend pics

Another wonderful weekend at Ta Qali National Park here in Malta.

It feels like spring is already here when I see all these flowers but still, only 16-17 degrees in the air.What is this? One of nature created works of art!A small visitor, I wish I saw more of them.

Now that we have Fanny, we go to the park every weekend. I feel so happy when I see her running in the high grass and how she really enjoys it. She is now 6 months old and not always easy to catch with my camera…

If you like, click on an image below to enlarge.

 

Wildflowers…

Some of the year’s first wild flowers and plants I found in Ta ‘Qali National Park.
Malta January 2018.

Fanny, really enjoy being in nature among the green grass and all white flowers. Still we can´t have her loose but with an eight meter long leash she can run quite freely. At least when she´s wise enough to run in a circle. Next Friday we will take her to school to learn more about behavior, obedience and much more…

Power of flowers and colors

Isn’t it amazing that the flowers I gave to my husband in June are still blooming. Flowers with power.

Some flowers from our terrace, January 2018.Hibiscus close-up.Finally, some sweet strawberries I bought from a farmer. Yes, they are grown even in the winter here in Malta. Thanks for all new year’s greetings! Let’s take some power from our flowers and create joy of all colors!!

 

Floral soft colors

Because of the sun, the colors feel soft and warm, soon they are gone. Some greenery left. My last wild flower this year. Now we are waiting for the spring to come.

Weekend pics from Malta

Above you see pictures from our terrace and below from Ta Qali National Park where we went with Fanny last weekend. We also found a Dog Park but Fanny is too young to visit it, we have to wait until she is at least six month old. But she enjoyed the other part of the park while we trained her to walk well kept on leash.

Click on an image to enlarge. To some picture there’s a short text.

Flower(s) of the Day

This morning I took my camera with me to capture the flowers on our terrace. I realized we have quite a few that still blooms and I really love the colorfulness. Click on an images in the gallery if you like to enlarge. Malta 25th November 2017.

Inspired by Cee’s Photography

WPC – Transformation

This week, we share images that embodies transformation.
There are so much. Like a bud above that turns into a beautiful flower! Or the slow and natural transformation of something once shiny.Nature, an old church and all details look completely different when reflected and in water.

Click on the link below and you’ll find lots of transformations from other participants.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Transformation by Jen.H

Why Malta – This is my Malta / Part 1.

Malta is Europe’s southernmost state with a population of about 450,000 d. I love this country and I’m more than grateful for being able to live on this small island in the Mediterranean Sea. I’ll try to show you why!This is a typical Maltese balcony and the honey-colored façade is made of limestone, the preferred building material on these islands. Yes, Malta consists of three islands. Note the cables, more or less a mess but it works. English is widely spoken but Malta has its own language. The streets are usually named in Maltese,which is hardly visible on the first picture, on Trejqet il bajja, but above, on the road sign.Bougainvillea, my favorite among flowers and you see them growing almost everywhere. Then we have the climate. Malta enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine per year which is one of the highest in Europe. The mild winters and warm to hot summers makes it an ideal place to live on. More to come in part 2…

Sunday pics from Malta…

Yesterday we took the car out to the countryside here in Malta…

…in search for signs of the autumn and this is what we found.
Click on an images to enlarge.We went to Blue Grotto located on the southern coast of Malta. A popular spot for tourists during high season. In November, a popular spot for locals to relax by the Mediterranean Sea.Fanny really enjoy to be in the nature. And for the first time she`s close to the Mediterranean Sea.

Around five it’s getting dark and time to go home. To the left you see the small desert island of Filfla. To the right some youths after a dip in the 22 degrees water, same temperature as in the air. We really had a great day!!

Flower(s) of the day – In Red only

 

Today I choose red flowers. The only one I know the name of is my favorite, the bougainvillea.This is a picture from Malta taken in October last year. One day left and I’m home again.

Cee’s Photography

Give (me) some color!

Idag känns det som det behövs lite färg efter två dagars gråväder med ihållande regn här i Kuching. Två dagar med ett huvud som värker, sömnlöshet och en energi på lägsta nivå.
Har inte hunnit, orkat med, att varken besöka eller kommentera er andra. Tre färger i bilder från mitt arkiv. Orange, blått och brunt plus en gnutta grönt. Färg kan göra susen, färg ger energi. Imorgon är en annan dag… Take care out there!! ❤❤

Friday’s thoughts from Malta

Today we had the first rainy day for several months here in Malta. It´s September, not much to say about that. Summer is over but still, 26 degrees.On this tiny island in the Mediterranean the weather can change quickly.  Goes out on the terrace and sweeps the floor. It turned out to be a colorful little bunch.

The one to the left is our puppy and to the right her sibling. Unfortunately, I still haven´t got a nice photo of our little dog from the breeder in Sweden, but she´s now eight weeks old and called Fanny. When she´s fifteen weeks we can take here home to Malta, that means in the end of October. Wish you all a lovely weekend!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Waiting

Photographing insects with macro often means waiting for the perfect moment.
Click on a circle to enlarge if you like to see the whole image.Most waves them away while I chase them with my camera, waiting…Worth waiting for.

Weekly Photo Challenge / Waiting

Prickly Pear Cactus

The Prickly Pear Cactus plant produces a delicious fruit in September here in Malta.

They grow wild in the countryside and you can pick freely as many as you like. But watch out, they have a lots of thorns. You can also buy them at a green grocery for 45 cents each, then you get them without thorns. The fruit is edible, not too sweet but moist with a flavor similar to honeydew melon.A tasty fruit here in Malta and when you find them, you know it´s fall. 

WPC Structure

Even an ordinary flower..…has an exciting structure.As well as shown in this close-up of a hibiscus.Structure of a feather. This one is actually not larger than a little finger nail.A completely different but still, a kind of structure. A construction, a creation.

My husband’s secret project. It’s not really done yet… Look at the wings on this little beetle! We easily shoo them away and forget to watch closely.

The last picture is from my archive while the others were taken today.

Weekly Photo Challenge / Structure

Kort och blandat

Som så ofta några blombilder och en insekt. Klicka för att förstora, till varje bild finns en kort text.Fann den här bilden i arkivet från Sandhamn i Stockholms skärgård. Vilken idyll! Sverige när det är som bäst!Med huvudstaden Valletta i bakgrunden, en idyll i sig med värmen och medelhavet så tätt inpå. Mer än så blev det inte idag. Har badat, det är fortfarande 30+ på dagarna och livet går sin gilla gång här på Malta..Avslutningsvis, Lek i tvättstugan. Nej, jag har inte sysselsättningsproblem eller brist på motiv, det är värmen.. 😉

WPC Macro and Color, Soo Shiny!

Failure is success in progress! Ooh, Shiny 😅Even a colorless can appear as shiny through a delightful detour. Colors among our flowers and a welcome little visitor gives delight and diversion.A fly can distract in two different ways. Choose the positive one…

Click on an image to enlarge.

Weekly Photo Challenge Diversions, Distractions, and Delightful detours
Ooh, Shiny!

WPC Distraction

In this week’s Photo Challenge I’ll try to find what´is distract me and makes me feel “Oh, shining!”?

This flower grew when I planted a bunch of chives that I bought at the supermarket. They have already started fading. But yet, oh, shine! I will certainly find more that distracts me during this week.

Weekly Photo Challenge

Ooh, Shiny!

Tuesday’s mixed pics from Malta

These flowers got a shower and belongs to one of my favorite colors. So cute and a bit shaggy.Simple art on a bottle of wine can also be an art in itself.Another watercolor, this time with reflections from a house in Spinola Bay, San Ġiljan.

 

Monday’s mix from Malta

Watercolor in the Mediterranean Sea.A diligent visitor among our flowers.This flower doesn’t grow on our terrace and I don’t know what it’s called.

If everything goes as planned, we will go to Sweden in September to pick up our little puppy. Here you see our new family member born 13th July. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be reality, I´m so happy.

All pictures are taken by me except those on the puppy, taken by Marianne Gustavsson.