Rdum il-Qammieħ u Għawdex

Rdum il-Qammieħ u Għawdex. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Over the past week we’ve seen our first rains, and while the temperature is still rather hot, the first signs of autumn are unmistakable. There’s sea squill everywhere, very sensitive as it is to the first rains, its flowers out before pretty much everything else, finding no competition for the bees and other pollinators. The ground underneath feels moist in the valleys, and the smell just brings a smile to my face. So it’s with eager anticipation that I now look back at photos like this, from my walks last season, very aware that the next season is about to start. There’s also clouds in the sky again, and that crisp beautiful light that follows a storm, so it’s photography season too.

Anyway, the photo I’m sharing today is another from a walk in Il-Majjistral last autumn, taken with my long telephoto lens. From the top of Rdum id-Delli, looking north-west, one can usually see the coast of Gozo on a clear day, beyond the cliffs of Marfa ridge. In this case, I composed for both – Rdum il-Qammieħ on the west end of Marfa ridge in the foreground (some lovely walking there too), and the hills of Gozo in the distance. Dominating these are the church of Xewkija and the fortified Citadella above Rabat.

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