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.

WPC – Beloved

Besides my beloved husband, I have a wonderful beloved Basenji puppy.
Fanny doesn’t mind taking part in the week’s theme, but only partially.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Beloved

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!!

 

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.

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

CFFC – Letter N

Nature lovers, on hiking in Malta in November.Natural look. Neat and so lovely, but nearly too close.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Needs to start with the letter N

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

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

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.. 😉

Macro / Bevingat / Winged

Hope you don’t get tired of my winged little ones.

They are busy buzzing among our flowers.They look almost the same.It’s not the same images but could be the same insects that I photographed.
Hope you enjoy
😀
Click on an images to enlarge

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…

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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.

Sweet little insects…

When I take my macro lens out to the terrace and look for small insects among our flowers after I’ve watered. Then I feel satisfied, as are our plants and the sweet little insects.

Click on one of the circles to enlarge

Weekly Photo Challenge / Satisfaction

Photo of the Day

I found this sweet little Dragonfly when we were at Piscopo Garden in Burmarrad to buy some new plants. There were lots of colorful flowers, but the Dragonfly seemed to prefer to hang on a stick.The wings were angled as if it tried to protect the body. I don´t know why but so it sat when I left…

Flowers and Colors

It has been very hot recently here in Malta. Consequently, several of our plants on the terrace faded away. But some are still beautiful though.

Yesterday we bought some new flowers, and a few chili fruits, to add more colors.

Bisak

Bättre macrobilder har jag tagit men visst ser huvudet lite underligt ut, som om biet bär öronlappar.

  I`ve taken better macro photos than this one, but it looks as if the head is a little weird, as if the bee is wearing ear flaps.

 

Beströdd (151/365)

Att fotografera med macro är verkligen både spännande och roligt. Att komma riktigt nära……och upptäcka att en liten fjäril är beströdd med så många fina och små detaljer som man annars inte ser. Så fjunigt mjuk ser den sig nyfiket omkring med sina stora ögon, sina långa känselspröt och en lite butter uppsyn.

Transparent (144/365)

De tunna vingarna är genomskinliga men bortsett från det bär Biet i mina ögon ett par svarta solgasögon vilket naturligtvis är en illusion men lite kul. Vet inte om du ser vad jag ser men vingarna är iaf ingen hägring. 🙂

Ränderna går aldrig ur (141/365)

Tror det är ett Honungsbi tillhörande en art som troligtvis utvecklades i Medelhavsområdet för nära en miljon år sedan. Ränderna går aldrig ur denna enträgna lilla insekt som återigen ivrigt kalasar bland våra växter.

Liten på jorden (74/365)

Liten på jorden, inte större än en nagel och inte heller särskilt populär. Skinnbaggen, som sägs avge stinkande ämnen i försvar. Fick “jaga” den länge innan den satte sig still och tittade in i kameran. Kände ingen stinkande doft från den skygga lilla insekten som kvickt sprang i väg för att lätt gömma sig, liten på jorden som den är.

306 Ståndare (2/365)

img_6845-1Hur är var det nu då, vad är egentligen vad, bland Ståndare och Pistiller. För visst finns de där, bland det som naturen så finurligt skapat. img_6907Återigen, liksom vid förra årets fotoutmaning, är vår terrass en källa att hämta många motiv ifrån och finna lösningar till olika teman. Pelargonerna har inte kommit igång än men Hibiskusen, som syns här, frodas med utslagna blommor blandat med flera knoppar.