Fields, Trees, and Verdala Palace

Fields Trees and Verdala Palace (2837)

It’s almost November and often it still feels like summer. I’m not needing the A/C in the car any more but we’re still in tee-shirts. Yesterday we went for a walk near Buskett and this is what it looked like. Bright clear skies, and only a light breeze to take the edge off. This is glorious walking weather, though not ideal for photography. Still, I managed to take a few photos I’m reasonably happy with. Which in the circumstances is not that bad. It will take time to learn (or re-learn) where to go; the good thing is that it will be rather easy to revisit these places in more photographically congenial conditions.

So as we headed out of Buskett towards Wied il-Girgenti this view opened up. Dominating the skyline is Verdala Palace, currently a residence of the president, formerly built by the Knights of St John in the 16th century. The managed woodland around it is Buskett, a hunting ground for the Knights. The walls dividing the fields in the foreground are the traditional Ħitan tas-Sejjieħ, made of carefully placed stones with no mortar or other binding agent.

I took the photo handheld as a single exposure. No filters were used, as I only had minimal gear with me on this walk (read: just the camera and one lens). Post-processing involved the use of selective curves layers to adjust exposure and contrast.

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