Walkers in Line. (Click on the photo for added detail.)
Most of my walks in England were done in solitude. I often passed by other walkers (or more likely, they passed me by), but I rarely encountered many. I only joined an organized walk once, and R thought they were going too quickly to really enjoy the scenery – I think she was right. Walking alone has its advantages: all plans are soft, and if any location strikes your fancy you can stop for as long as you wish. Works great for taking photos – I find I often stop for as long as half an hour in a single spot to get a shot. Any company would quickly get bored.
Anyway, all this to say that since we moved back to Malta it’s been rather the opposite. I was pleasantly surprised at how many organized walks there are: seems it’s mostly a matter of choosing your company and timings that work with your schedule. And it’s clear there’s a huge demand for this, as the attendance for the walks I’ve been to has been huge. A week ago I joined a walk led by Aaron Micallef, a local marine geologist (and as it turns out a colleague at the University) to Qammieħ point in the north of the island. It was held within a series of regular (and really well-attended) walks organized by Mario Scerri. Fun, informative, and a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
The photo above was towards the end of the walk, as the group approached the area known as iċ-Ċumnija. As the clouds moved, I could see the light shifting across the landscape. I focused on the walkers as they went up the ridge, and waited until the light was in the right place, with the cliff behind in shadow.
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